All the ladies and lords in attendance at the coronation of King Charles III earlier this year broke into their ancient vaults to gild themselves with storied jewels and state-specific insignia for the occasion. Now, months later, a frenzy for royal- and military-style jewelry is percolating, fueled by the ascending popularity of tiaras and designs that incorporate iconic symbols such as crosses, leaves and ivy, and stars. The new crop of bold, gem-laden jewels aren’t always vintage-inspired; updated takes on military awards and decorations—from lapel pins to signet rings—are the order of the day. How to make the trend your own? Skip the capes and sashes and pair these grand gems with a white t-shirt and jeans for a thoroughly modern take on sovereign style.
Top photo: Elizabeth Locke 19k gold Maltese Cross brooch and pendant with amethyst, aquamarine, pink tourmaline, and pearls, $8,150