Welcome to From Her Majesty’s Jewel Vault, one snarky magpie American’s attempt to chronicle the jewels worn by Queen Elizabeth II as she wears them. 

Why? In response to an overwhelming number of requests for more information on Elizabeth II’s jewel collection in her Diamond Jubilee year, I started a weekly series on my primary blog (The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor) featuring the Queen’s brooches. As a result, I got even more questions and requests for info on Her Majesty: what brooch was she wearing each day? What about those earrings, and those pearls? I just grew so accustomed to checking in with QEII, I decided to make it public.

How does this work? There are two types of posts here: events and jewel posts. Current events document which jewels were worn by the Queen for her daily engagements as they occur (and occasionally cover events from the past as well). Jewel posts give a brief history of the jewel in question and include links to each event in which the jewel is seen on this blog. This is not an attempt to create a comprehensive database of all the jewels owned by the Queen. (For the record, I don’t believe such a thing is possible, and certainly not for a blog that exists primarily to oooh and aaah over pretty things.)

Why isn’t {Insert Gem Here} covered? The focus here is on documenting the Queen’s daily events as they occur and covering the jewels as they appear. I work backward as time allows and may add historical events too (and past events are backdated to the date they actually occurred, not the date they were posted), but the first priority is current events. Thus, if something isn’t covered here, it’s probably because it hasn’t been seen since the blog started in June 2012 or in any covered past events.

About accuracy… I make every attempt to convey the best publicly available information on each jewel covered here. However, I am not an expert. I have no resources that aren’t also available to anyone with a library card, an Amazon account, and an internet search engine. If you see something that might be wrong… Please speak up! Leaving a comment is best as others can also contribute to the discussion, but you can also email me at orderofsplendor {at} hotmail {dot} com, or tweet me @orderofsplendor. I will correct posts as needed.