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Diana, Princess of Wales's Jewels
Diana wearing a pearl necklace and pearl earrings, featuring double wire of gold with diamonds and four equidistant knots, during a visit to Washington, D.C. in June 1997

Diana, Princess of Wales, was the first wife of Charles, Prince of Wales, and the mother of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex. She owned a collection of jewels-both as a member of the British royal family and as a private individual. They were separate from the coronation and state regalia of the Crown Jewels.

Most of her jewels were either presents from foreign royalty, on loan from Elizabeth II, wedding presents, purchased by Diana herself, and heirlooms belonging to the Spencer family.

Her jewellery was a mix of precious stones and costume pieces which she sourced from London's Butler & Wilson,[1] often reported by the media as being "priceless" jewels, which the Princess found amusing.[2][page needed] Most of the jewellery dates from the 19th and 20th centuries. She also had a vast collection of gold accessories which often went unnoticed and became understated by the media.[1]

At formal occasions, such as banquets, the Princess normally wore jewellery lent to her by the Queen, who owns more than 300 items of jewellery.[3]

Early jewellery

Born into an affluent aristocratic family, Diana Spencer owned some high quality jewellery. Prior to her marriage to Prince Charles, the Princess often wore a gold Cartier Russian wedding ring of three yellow gold bands on the pinky finger of her right hand and a diamond and white gold eternity ring from the family collection on her third finger.[2][page needed][4][page needed][5][page needed]

The rings remained in the Princess's collection but were rarely seen in public during her marriage. Occasionally she was photographed wearing both rings on her left hand. She also wore her family's signet ring which she would wear in combination with her other rings.[6]

As a teenager, Diana wore a gold choker with a 'D' pendant.[7] In 2017, a sterling silver 'D' necklace owned by the princess as a teenager sold at auction for around US$8,000.[8][7] Diana was photographed wearing her initial necklace as a nursery assistant while still dating Charles. For her 16th birthday her friends gifted her a gold inital necklace. She was also photographed wearing sterling silver earrings with five diamonds. After marrying Charles, she continued to wear the necklace on occasion. .[1]

The future Princess had a collection of enameled bangles and bracelets which she wore frequently as a teenager.[2][page needed]

At the age of 16, Diana was a bridesmaid at her sister Jane's wedding to Robert Fellowes on 20 April 1978.[9] She wore a pair of pearl studs and a pearl necklace.[10] The pearl studs were worn by Diana as early as 1975[11] and were last seen on the Princess in 1990 while opening a police station at 462 Fore Street, Edmonton, London.[4]

On her 18th birthday, Diana was given a triple-strand pearl choker by the Spencer family.[12] Both of Diana's older sisters had also received matching chokers on their 18th birthdays.[13] It consisted of three rows of pearls with a turquoise and pearl cluster clasp; the clasp was only visible when it matched the colour of her outfit, otherwise hidden at the back. The Princess later altered the clasp to be all pearls.[1]

One of the first gifts Diana received from Prince Charles was an eternity ring which she wore regularly.[6]

At the age of 18, while living in her flat 60 Coleherne Court, London, her apartment was burgled and she had most of her jewellery stolen.[14][4][page needed]

Wedding jewels

The wedding of Charles and Diana took place on 29 July 1981 at St Paul's Cathedral, London.[15] The Princess wore very little jewellery at her wedding. She wore diamond earrings that belonged to her mother, Frances Shand Kydd. She also wore her Spencer family tiara, her engagement ring, and a wedding band placed on her finger by Charles at the ceremony. Her wedding dress designers, the Emanuels, also attached an 18-carat gold horseshoe trinket studded with white diamonds to the label of the dress.[16]

Frances Shand Kydd diamond earrings

On her wedding day, Diana borrowed her mother's diamond earrings, which consist of a central pear-shaped diamond surrounded by around 50 smaller diamonds. The Princess never wore them in public again, but Frances wore them at a number of important occasions, including Prince Harry's christening in 1984, her son's wedding in 1992, and the funeral of her daughter in 1997. After Frances' death in 2004, Lady Sarah McCorquodale, her eldest daughter, inherited them.

For many years, the earrings were a part of the travelling Diana exhibition. In 2011, Lady Sarah withdrew them from the display to wear at the wedding ball for her nephew, Prince William.[17]

The Spencer family tiara

Though the piece was once said to date from the 18th century, the Spencer tiara is actually made up of other pieces of jewellery of varying ages and from different jewellers that has gone through several changes over time. The oldest parts of the tiara are the ends. They are said to have come from a tiara that once belonged to Frances Manby, the last Viscountess Montagu, and left to Lady Sarah Spencer in 1875.[5][page needed] The centre element was a wedding present from Lady Sarah Isabella Spencer to Cynthia, Viscountess Althorp (Diana's grandmother), when she married Albert, Viscount Althorp, the future 7th Earl Spencer, in 1919. This piece was remounted by the Goldsmiths and Silversmiths Company at some point, and Garrard was asked to create four matching pieces in 1937 to add on.[12] The full current appearance apparently dates from around 1935.[13] The tiara includes diamonds in silver settings mounted in gold in various floral shapes: stylized tulips, star-shaped flowers, and scrolling foliage. Both of Lady Diana's older sisters, Jane and Sarah, wore the piece at their weddings. However, Diana's mother, Frances, did not wear it when she married into the Spencer family in 1954. While Diana's mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth II, loaned her the Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara for the wedding, the princess-to-be decided to stick to her family roots and wore the Spencer tiara.[18] Diana frequently wore the piece as it was supposedly lighter and easier to wear than other tiaras at her disposal. Even so, it gave Diana a "cracking headache" according to her brother, Charles Spencer, as she was not used to wearing a tiara for such a long time.[19]

Tiaras and headbands

Diana, Princess of Wales, received many pieces of jewellery from Queen Elizabeth II. Some of the most famous pieces of jewellery Diana wore were tiaras.

Queen Mary's Lover's Knot tiara

In 1913, Garrard & Co (the first official Crown Jewellers) were asked by Queen Mary to make a replica of a tiara owned by her grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, using the Queen Mary's own diamonds and pearls. The tiara, in its French neo-classical design, has 19 oriental pearls suspended from lover's knot bows each centred with a large brilliant diamond. Mary left the tiara to Elizabeth II, who later gave it to Diana[20] in 1981 as a wedding present. Diana was to wear the tiara during her wedding but she instead opted for her Spencer family tiara. The Princess wore this piece very often as it was given to her on loan. Diana complained about the 'swinging pearls',[21] but she wore it at most of her tiara events. She most notably wore it with her 'Elvis dress' on a visit to Hong Kong in 1989, but on her divorce from Prince Charles it was returned to the Queen.[22]

In 2015, the Duchess of Cambridge wore it to a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace.[23]

Queen Mary's diamond and emerald choker

Made from a present of emeralds and diamonds from the Ladies of India,[13] this Art Deco choker was created by Garrards in 1921 for Queen Mary.[1] Given as a wedding gift to Diana from the Queen, who inherited the piece from her grandmother in 1953, it was worn as a Bandeau during a dance in Melbourne.[24] It was worn as a choker to other events.[25] The Prince of Wales also presented his wife with a diamond and emerald Art Deco bracelet as a wedding present and matching emerald earrings as a gift for her 22nd birthday.[26] The choker is now in the Queen's collection.

Diamond and sapphire choker

Created from a ring and watch from the Princess's Saudi Arabian sapphire and diamond suite (which was a present from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia),[13] Diana wore this choker on her forehead at a banquet during a visit to Japan.[1]

Necklaces and pendants

Children's Caring Cross

On 24 April 1991, Diana visited a hostel for abandoned children at a FEBEM Foundation for Child Welfare in Sao Paulo, Brazil[27]. She was extensively photographed wearing a gold cross and chain which the children at the hostel played with. This cross and chain was donated by the Princess for a charity auction which was to take place early in September 1997, but it was put into storage for 20 years and then sold to a young Australian collector.[22][2][28]

Diana, Princess of Wales wearing her Children's Caring Cross while visiting a hostel in Brazil for children infected with HIV and Aids

Seven-strand pearl and sapphire choker

As a wedding present, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother gave a large oval sapphire and diamond brooch to her new granddaughter-in-law.[29] In the early years of her marriage, Diana wore the piece as a brooch, including the famous appearance during the Dutch State Visit to the Netherlands in 1982, when the Princess had to find a new gown and jewels after Queen Beatrix gave her the Order of the Crown which is worn on an orange sash.

Diana wearing the Pearl and Sapphire Choker while dancing with Ronald Reagan during her official visit to the US in 1985

However, soon after the wedding, the Princess had the sapphire brooch converted into the clasp for a magnificent seven-strand pearl choker.[30] One of the earliest famous appearances was in 1985, when she wore the choker to dance with John Travolta at the White House.[12] A favourite piece of jewellery, the Princess wore this seven-strand pearl and sapphire choker for occasions at home and abroad. Another famous appearance of the sapphire choker was in 1994, when the Princess wore the piece (with the daring 'revenge' dress) on the night the Prince of Wales confessed to adultery with Camilla Parker Bowles.[31]

The seven-strand pearl and sapphire choker was one of the rare 'big' jewels from her marriage that Diana continued to wear after her divorce. The last time the choker was publicly seen was when the Princess attended the Met Gala in New York in December 1996.[32][33] It hasn't been seen or exhibited since, and now belongs to Prince William and Prince Harry.

Though unconfirmed, many speculate Meghan Markle's engagement ring, which she first wore in November 2017 at her engagement announcement with Prince Harry, includes two diamonds from Diana's famous sapphire and pearl choker.[34] The engagement ring consists of three large diamonds, with one stone in the center flanked by two smaller stones.[35] According to Harry, the side stones are from his mother's jewellery collection (though it's unclear which piece of jewellery they are from).[31]

Four-row Japanese pearl choker

This piece was given to Diana as a loan from the Queen. The Princess first wore the choker during a state visit to the Netherlands in November 1982. The choker contains four rows of Japanese cultured pearls with a central diamond clasp. The piece is now being worn by the Duchess of Cambridge who uses it as a loan from the Queen.[36][37]

Grey pearl necklace

This necklace made up of large dark grey and natural pearls, made by London jeweller Leo de Vroomen was gifted to the Princess in 1985 by Prince Charles. It appeared in public only twice: on a trip to Austria in April 1986 and a month later when she visited a school in Japan. It is said the Princess did not like it at all and researchers believe it was given in 1985 when their marriage began to fall apart.[2][page needed]

Engraved gold pendant

Following the birth of Prince William, the Prince of Wales presented his wife with a gold pendant that had their son's name engraved on it, in Charles' distinctive handwriting. Diana would regularly wear the pendant in private but only wore it once in public, while at a polo match at Windsor in August that same year. This became a tradition in the family, and in 2013 the Duchess of Cambridge received a gold disc from her sister which bears the name of her eldest son, Prince George, and the first letter of her husband's name.[38]

Swan Lake necklace

Created by Garrard & Co and made out of 187 diamonds and five South Sea pearls, the necklace was worn by Diana during an appearance at a performance of Swan Lake by the English National Ballet at the Royal Albert Hall two months before her death in 1997. The necklace was created together with a set of earrings, but following her death the suite was sold with permission from her family. The necklace was sold to a Ukrainian couple in 2010 who put it on sale in 2017 at Guernsey's. It was estimated to worth about $12 million at the time.[39][40]

Eleven-strand pearl choker

Made out of "900 pearls paired with columns of diamonds and rubies", this eleven-strand choker was one of Diana's favourite pieces, which she often wore at theatre and film premiers.[13][41]

King Faisal of Saudi Arabia necklace

A gift from King Faisal of Saudi Arabia to Queen Elizabeth II, it is a fringe necklace in design and set with brilliant and baguette cut diamonds. King Faisal bought the necklace, made by the American jeweller Harry Winston, and presented it to her while on a state visit to the United Kingdom in 1967. The Queen lent the necklace to Diana to wear on a state visit to Australia in 1983.[42]

King Khalid of Saudi Arabia necklace

This necklace was given to Queen Elizabeth II by King Khalid of Saudi Arabia in 1979. It is of the sunray design and contains both round and pear shaped diamonds. Like the King Faisal necklace, it was made by Harry Winston, and the Queen often lent the necklace to Diana.[43]

Children's Caring Cross

On 24 April 1991, Diana visited a hostel for abandoned children at a FEBEM Foundation for Child Welfare in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was extensively photographed wearing a gold cross and chain which the children at the hostel played with. This cross and chain was donated by the Princess for a charity auction which was to take place early in September 1997, but it was put into storage for 20 years and then sold to a young Australian collector.[2][page needed]

Rings

Engagement ring

A replica of Lady Diana Spencer's engagement ring

Diana and Charles became engaged in February 1981. Her engagement ring consisted of 14 diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold.[44][45] It was created by then-crown jeweller Garrard. The design was inspired by Queen Victoria's sapphire-and-diamond cluster brooch, a wedding present from Prince Albert in 1840, which Victoria donned that day as her "something blue".[46]

Diana's selection of this ring was unusual. It was neither custom-made nor unique and was, at the time of her engagement to Charles, featured in Garrard's jewellery collection and available to anyone for purchase.[47] Some commentators say Diana selected it because it reminded her of her mother's engagement ring, while others say that she chose it due to its big size. Diana continued to wear the ring even after her divorce from Prince Charles.[47]

After Diana's death, Princes William and Harry selected mementos from their mother's possessions. Harry chose the engagement ring, while William selected Diana's £19,000 yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch. They eventually exchanged mementos.[47] When Prince William proposed to Catherine Middleton in the autumn of 2010 in Kenya, he gave her the ring.[48] William later said that giving the ring to his fiancée was a "way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement."[48] Middleton eventually had the ring resized because she had lost weight prior to the wedding. Her finger being an H, she asked Crown Jewellers G Collins and Sons to attach two platinum studs to it to make it a size I.[49]

After the engagement was announced, some called the ring the "Commoner's Sapphire," a reference to the bride's non-royal origins.[50] Others considered the ring a tragic symbol associated with Diana's failed marriage to the Prince of Wales and untimely death in a car accident in Paris.[51]

Welsh gold wedding band

The gold for the Princess' wedding band followed royal tradition and was made from one of the last soft nuggets of Welsh gold,[52] mined at Clogau St David's gold mine. That same Welsh gold nugget had also provided gold for the wedding bands of the Queen Mother, the Queen, Princess Margaret, Princess Anne among many other royals.[53] The Princess' Welsh gold band is engraved on the inside with the words: "I Love You, Diana".[54][4][page needed][2]

"Dis-moi Oui" ("Tell me Yes") ring

On 30 August 1997, Dodi Fayed purchased a £11,000 "budget" engagement ring from a Repossi boutique in Monte Carlo. It is believed he died before he could give it to the Princess.[55][page needed] It was recovered from Dodi's flat, after the couple's death, along with a receipt listing a "bague de fiançaille" (engagement ring).[56] It is currently[when?] displayed in a Harrods store.[2][page needed]

Bulgari diamond band

Diana was wearing a ring given to her by Dodi Fayed when she died. It was a £3,000 Bulgari yellow gold band with diamonds.[55][page needed] The diamond band set in yellow gold was not an engagement ring and was worn on the fourth finger of her right hand, where her butler Paul Burrell advised her to wear it. Photographs taken on August 30, just before the crash, show that the Princess was wearing a gold ring on her right hand. She wore it as a "friendship" ring.[57][58]

Sapphire cabochon ring

The Princess wore a sapphire cabochon ring during a Christmas photoshoot in 1982 with Prince Charles and their son, Prince William. It is unknown why she never wore it in public, some speculate it belonged to another member of the family and that she wore it to protect her son from getting scratched by her engagement ring while taking photos.[59]

Cartier Trinity ring and signet ring

During a photo session with royal photographer Tim Graham, at her Kensington Palace apartment on 1 February 1983 the Princess wore a Cartier Trinity ring and signet ring with the Prince of Wales feathers which had both been gifts from Prince Charles.[2][page needed][6] The latter had been given to the Princess the night before the wedding along with a note that in part read "just look 'em in the eye and knock 'em dead".[4][page needed]

Aquamarine ring

During her lifetime, Diana possessed a set of aquamarine jewels, including an "emerald cut Aquamarine stunner", which she first wore at the 1997 auction of her clothes at Christie's. She wore it with the eternity ring she had worn often as a teenager which was originally from the Spencer family collection.[5][page needed] It is believed she wore the eternity ring and Aquamarine ring together in replacement of her wedding band and engagement ring.[2][page needed] She wore the Aquamarine again when she visited Sydney, Australia in the summer of 1997.[60]

The ring, an emerald cut aquamarine flanked by small, solitaire diamonds and set in 24-carat yellow gold, was commissioned by the Princess from Asprey in 1997 and was used by the Princess as a replacement for her engagement ring after her divorce from the Prince of Wales in 1996.[61] It was set on 24-carat yellow gold to match her pre-existing aquamarine bracelet which had been a gift to her from the Royal Family.[60]

The stone was given to her by Lucia Flecha de Lima[62] who was known as the Princess' best friend.[63][64] The stone that is placed on the ring had been taken out of a mine in Brazil where the Queen's aquamarine pieces are usually taken from.[65] After her death, the ring was passed to her younger son Prince Harry, who gave it to his wife the Duchess of Sussex to wear it at the couple's wedding reception in 2018.[66]

The ring's estimated value is £75,000 in 2018 but given the fact that it was pre-owned by the princess and the duchess, it would probably now fetch far more than that at auction.[60]

Emerald and diamond ring

While at a ball held at the Southern Cross Hotel in Melbourne (1985), Princess Diana was wearing what looks to be an emerald cabochon and diamond ring instead of her engagement ring. The two stones are not aligned but are at an angle to one another, very similar to a style of a bypass ring. She also wore this ring on 11 November 1993 while attending a state banquet hosted by The Yang Di-pertuan Agong of Malaysia at The Dorchester Hotel in London.[4][page needed][2][page needed][1]

Square cut emerald ring

While attending a polo match to support Prince Charles in 1989, the Queen loaned the Princess a square-cut emerald ring which was incorrectly dubbed by the press as "a gift from a doting husband".[4][page needed]

Earrings

Pearl studs

Diana's love for pearls started early in her life. While her school friends often wore diamond studs, the future princess usually chose pearls.[67] At the age of 15, Lady Diana Spencer was first seen wearing a pair of simple pearl earrings;[5][page needed] she wore them as a bridesmaid at her sister's wedding. These earrings were among the few pieces of jewellery that were not stolen from the princess while living in her London flat prior to her engagement.[4][page needed] She later wore them for informal occasions during her marriage. The princess last wore them in public on the 3rd July 1990 while opening a new police station at 462 Fore Street, Edmonton, London.[63]

Tiffany earrings

In 1994, Princess Diana and her son Prince William were in the box at central court during the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The Princess was photographed extensively wearing an 18kt gold Signature Tiffany 5 row Bracelet from 1992. The Princess was also seen wearing the bracelet and the matching earrings on the 3rd of July 1994 at the Wimbledon men's finals[22].

Gold kidney bean-shaped earrings

On 31 August 1997, the Princess was wearing a gold, kidney bean-shaped earring with four rolls which given to her by Dodi Fayed.[55][page needed] It was last worn by the Princess on the day of her death and subsequently became one of the 14 personal effects recovered from the crash scene.[57] Due to the impact of the collision the earrings broke. Paul Burrell received most of the Princess's personal effects at the Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital in Paris. He was given only one gold earring and the other one was later found lodged in Mercedes' dashboard on 23 October 1997.[68][69] It was reported that the earring found in the car was slightly dented and had its clasp missing.

Diamond and emerald drop earrings

The Princess had only 2 pieces of emerald jewellery in her collection, an emerald and diamond bracelet given to her as a wedding gift from her new husband Prince Charles and a pair a diamond and emerald drop earrings which had also been given to the Princess from Charles; this time as a gift for her 22nd birthday.[70] The earrings, consisting of pear-shaped emerald stones suspended on a diamond drop chain (set in platinum). The modern-style earrings dated from the Twenties, and were made to match the Delhi Durbar Parure, a suite of Cambridge emeralds originally owned by Queen Mary.[1][2][page needed]

The Queen's pearl drop earrings

During the Princess's official 1983 visit to Australia, the Queen loaned a pair of pearl drop earrings which had been made by Garrard. The earrings which are set in a modern gold setting were made from stones from the Queen's collection. The earrings were loaned frequently by the Queen to Diana.[2][page needed]

Pearl and diamond button earrings

Candid photograph of Diana, Princess of Wales, pearl earrings

The Princess wore pair of large pearl and diamond button earrings which were similar to a pair of earrings favored by the Queen.[4][page needed] The earrings were worn regularly during 1993 notably while the Princess attended a dance spectacular in London and while going to Mozart's 'The Magic Flute'.[2][page needed] The round pearl with round diamond underneath are likely faux as they are both too identical to each other. It is near impossible to find identical pearls, especially ones of such large size.[2][page needed]

Sapphire earrings

Originally a part of her Saudi suite[31] and a match for her engagement ring, Diana wore these Sapphire Earrings both in the form of double drop earrings and studs. The piece has now been passed to her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, who had them modified into a set single drop sapphire earrings and has worn them at numerous official outings.[71][72]

Diamond and South Sea pearl earrings

Diana wearing the Diamond and South Sea Pearl Earrings at an event in Italy, September 1995

Featuring "a circular design of diamonds and a single diamond-encrusted pear", these dangling earrings were worn by Diana at numerous occasions in the 1990s. Diana last wore them at an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, but had the pearl drops removed for this outing. The earrings were later passed to Prince William who gave them to his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge. The Duchess had the earrings modified and replaced the original pearl drops with smaller pearls.[73] The piece was first worn by the Duchess at the red carpet for the 71st British Academy Film Awards.[74][75]

Collingwood pearl earrings

The pair of earrings was given to Diana as a wedding present from her husband. The earrings were created by the Collingwood jewelers and worn by Diana at different outings and engagements. She first wore them at an outing a month before her marriage to Charles. They are now under the possession of the Princess's daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, who first wore them in 2017 during a state banquet and has continued to wear them occasionally.[76][77][78]

Aquamarine and diamond earrings

The Princess of Wales wearing the Aquamarine and Diamond Earrings at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival

First worn by the Princess of Wales at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival, the earrings were made out of "whopping pear-shaped aquamarines, surrounded by diamonds and suspended from a diamond flower cluster".[79]

Diamond and ruby studs

Little is known about these diamond and ruby stud earrings other than the fact that a photograph of the Princess wearing them made the cover of People magazine - 11 March 1996: "DI-Vorce" - Princess Diana's Divorce Begins.[2][page needed]

Pearl, sapphire, and ruby earrings

An example of mix-and-match statement studs, the earrings were made out of a pearl and a large blue sapphire on one side, and a pearl and large red ruby on the other. The Princess famously wore them during a visit to South Korea in 1992.[13][80]

Emir of Qatar floral pearl earrings

Given to the Princess as a wedding present from the Emir of Qatar, the earrings featured "white diamonds in a floral shape and cream-coloured pearls". Diana wore the pair many times at various outings and events.[13][81][82]

Greville pear-drop earrings

Alongside 60 other pieces of jewellery, Margaret Greville left Queen Elizabeth (later the Queen Mother) a set of pear-drop earrings that she had bought from Cartier in 1938. The earrings had been made using family stones. The pear-shaped drop diamonds each weigh about 20 carats (4 g). Diana borrowed them in 1983 to wear on her first official visit to Australia. At a state banquet, she wore the earrings with the Spencer Family Tiara.[83]

Brooches

The Prince of Wales's Feathers diamond brooch

On her wedding day, Diana was given a brooch by the Queen Mother as a wedding present. The brooch shows the Prince of Wales's feathers and was often worn by the Princess as a diamond tennis necklace with a cabochon emerald drop.[81] The diamond necklace was from the Saudi Suite of jewellery she received as a wedding present.

Badge of the Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II

The Royal Family Order is an honour presented to female members of the British royal family by Queen Elizabeth II. The order is worn on formal occasions and is pinned to the dress of the recipient on the left shoulder. It depicts a young Queen Elizabeth II in evening gown wearing the ribbon and star of the Order of the Garter. The miniature picture which was originally painted on ivory but since 2017; on glass[84] and is bordered by diamonds and surmounted by a Tudor Crown in diamonds and red enamel. The reverse, in silver-gilt, is patterned with rays and depicts the royal cypher and St Edward's Crown in gold and enamel. The watered silk ribbon is a chartreuse yellow colour and formed into a bow.[70]

Butler & Wilson snake brooch

The Princess had a large collection of costume jewellery made by one of her favorite costume jewellers, Butler & Wilson. In her vast collection of B&W pieces was a snake brooch which was worn by the Princess on the 3rd of May 1986 while in Vancouver, British Columbia.[70]

Bracelets and watches

Diamond and emerald Art-Deco style bracelet

This bracelet was a wedding gift from Charles and was one of only two pieces in Diana's personal collection containing real emeralds, a stone Diana didn't often wear.[2][page needed]

Diana wore this bracelet notably while at London's Barbican Centre in 1982 and would continue wearing it early on in their relationship. The bracelet was later put aside and was not worn again until she chose it for a gala dinner on her 36th birthday. She teamed it with a pair of emerald earrings, the only other emeralds she had owned which had been a gift from Charles on her 22nd birthday.[2][page needed][4][page needed]

Seven-row pearl bracelet

This seven-row pearl bracelet with vertical bar spacers was worn by the Princess as attended the Victoria and Albert Museum's Splendors of the Gonzagas exhibition on 4 November 1981. The princess was photographed falling asleep here and subsequent photographs were dubbed "The Sleeping Beauty".[85]

The Queen's modern baguette and brilliants bracelet

In 1982, the Queen commissioned a diamond bracelet from Garrards. The bracelet which consisted of diamonds with a baguette and brilliant cut was worn regularly by the Queen before being loaned to the Princess in 1983 for her state visit to Australia.[4][page needed][2][page needed]

The Swiss Federal Republic's watch

In 1947, the Queen received a wedding gift from The Swiss Federal Republic which was a specially designed platinum watch by the world's oldest watch factory, Vacheron & Constantin. In 1981, the Queen gave the watch as a wedding gift to the Princess.[2][page needed]

Gold cable link bracelet

On 27 February 1981, before Diana's marriage to Prince Charles, the future princess was asked by schoolboy Nicholas Hardy "May I kiss the hand of my Future Queen" after giving her a daffodil, during her visit to Cheltenham. Photographs of him kissing her hand were all over the papers and he became the first person to kiss her hand in public.[2][page needed][4][page needed]

Gold weave bracelet

For the Princess's 20th birthday her husband Prince Charles gave her a gold woven bracelet along with a watch by Swiss maker Patek Philippe which cost around £4,000. They were both worn at Windsor in 1983.[2][page needed]

Gold charm bracelet

Diana did not often wear this piece in public, which was a wedding gift from her husband. Each year on their anniversary, he gave his wife a different charm. The bracelet included a miniature of St Paul's Cathedral, where the couple married, a pair of ballet shoes, as the Princess loved ballet, a polo cap, representing her husband's love of the sport, a bear, as Diana loved teddy bears, an apple that symbolized her fondness for New York, and a pig. Two other charms with the engravings W and H were given to her by the Prince when their two sons were born.[86]

Cartier Tank Francaise watch

Diana received an 18-carat yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch which was a belated gift from her late father, John Spencer, who died in 1992. By 1996 she stopped wearing the watch which was a gift from her ex-husband and wore her father's one instead.[2][page needed]

When William and Harry visited Kensington Palace after her death to choose a keepsake from her possessions, William picked the watch and Harry, then 12, the engagement ring. Years later they switched their mementos.[47]

Saudi Arabian sapphire and diamond bracelet

As a wedding gift, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia gave the Princess a suite of diamond and sapphire jewelry.[1] The suite included a sapphire and diamond pendant suspended on a diamond tennis necklace (which also suspended 'The Prince of Wales feathers diamond pendant'), matching earrings, matching ring, a bracelet and a watch. The princess would regularly wear the bracelet.[87]

Saudi Arabian sapphire and diamond watch

As a wedding gift, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia gave the Princess a suite of diamond and sapphire jewelry.[1] The suite included a sapphire and diamond pendant suspended on a diamond tennis necklace (which also suspended 'The Prince of Wales feathers diamond pendant'), matching earrings, matching ring, a bracelet and a watch.[55][page needed] The stones from the watch and ring were later used to make four completely new pieces of jewellery. Among the pieces of jewellery made, was a choker which the Princess wore as a headband on her official visit to Japan in 1986, at a State banquet hosted by the Emperor.[1] The central sapphire from the ring was set in the diamond sunray frame of the watch, replacing the watch face and became the centrepiece of a wide choker of midnight-blue velvet backed with Velcro. On either side of the sapphire is a chain of small diamonds, three deep, which runs halfway round the choker.[87]

Tiffany five-row signature bracelet

In 1994, Princess Diana and her son Prince William were in the box at central court during the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The Princess was photographed extensively wearing an 18kt gold Signature Tiffany 5 row Bracelet from 1992. The Princess was also seen wearing the bracelet and the matching earrings on the 3rd of July 1994 at the Wimbledon men's final.[2][page needed]

Gold "P R" link bracelet

Little is known about this delicate gold bracelet other than the fact that photos of the Princess wearing this bracelet made the cover of People magazine, 11 March 1996 titled "DI-Vorce" - Princess Diana's Divorce Begins.[2][page needed]

Pair of sapphire cabochon and diamond bracelets

Originally worn as a necklace on 14 November 1985 for a State Banquet for the Emir of Qatar. The Princess later converted the necklace into a pair of sapphire cabochon and diamond bracelet and wore them at the Night of Childhood in Versailles event on 28 November 1994.[2][page needed]

Gold overlap bangle

On 24 April 1991 the Princess went to an AIDS hostel for children. Here she was photographed wearing multiple gold pieces of jewellery including a gold overlapping bangle and a long gold cross necklace.[2][page needed] The latter was sold privately and now is in the collection of a young Australian.[88]

Five-strand Pearl Bracelet with Emerald Cut Aquamarine Stone and Diamond Flower Clasp

A five-strand pearl bracelet set in 24 carat gold[60] with a large aquamarine stone and a diamond flower clasp was given to the Princess during her early days into the royal family and she constantly wore it in the 80s[89] and after her divorce. It has regularly been misquoted as being part of a set as she had started wearing an aquamarine ring that was of almost an identical size to the bracelet; but the bracelet was in fact a pre-existing piece in her collection, having been a gift during her early days as a royal.[90] Another inaccuracy reported by the media was that she had two 5-strand pearl bracelets, one with a diamond flower clasp and another with an aquamarine clasp. But it was later discovered to be the one piece with different sides of the bracelet to have different clasps.[2][page needed] Candid photographs taken of the Princess on 9 November 1982 while she was at The Guildhall in London for a fashion show raising funds for Birthright (the charity for which she is patron) show both sides of the bracelet clearly.[2][page needed]

Gold bracelet with heart charm

This bracelet, which was very similar to her gold cable link bracelet was worn by the Princess during her early years of marriage. The bracelet was first worn on 4 April 1983 and then worn a few more times before being worn for the last time on 1 January 1984. Authors such as Andrew Morton have speculated that it was a gift from her husband during their "happy" years of their marriage.[4][page needed]

Cartier diamond bracelet

A diamond Cartier bracelet worn by Diana during the auction of her outfits in New York in 1997. Not much is known about the bracelet other than it was worn again by the Duchess of Sussex while at Prince Charles' 70th birthday.[91]

Gold chain link bracelet

This gold chain link bracelet with round spaces was worn by the Princess while at an AIDS hostel for children. Here she was photographed extensively hugging and holding the children who were all diagnosed with AIDS and HIV. She was seen letting these children play and admire her gold jewellery, particularly her long gold cross necklace[88] as well as her shiny engagement ring.[2][page needed] She would wear big "chunky" gold jewellery for the children to play with.[92]

Three-strand pearl bracelet

Created by Nigel Milne, this bracelet was made out of three rows of pearls "with diamond and pearl spacers and clasp". The piece was famously worn by Diana during her visit to Hong Kong and together with the famous 'Elvis dress'. The piece now belongs to the Duchess of Cambridge, who first wore the bracelet during her official tour of Germany in 2017.[93][78]

Gold bangle with burnished-set diamonds

This gold bangle had burnished diamonds that were set similarly to a Cartier Style Love bracelet. This bracelet was worn by the Princess in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on 29 October 1991. Photographs of the Princess on this date show her clearly wearing this bangle.[2][page needed] This bangle was also worn by the Princess while attending a Pavarotti concert on 30 July 1991.[2][page needed]

Aquamarine and diamond bracelet

While attending the Cannes Film Festival in 1987, Princess Diana wore an aquamarine and diamond bracelet with a pair of matching drop aquamarine and diamond earrings.[2][page needed]

Gold bangle

In the Princess's jewellery collection she had a plain gold bangle which she wore to many semi to informal occasions such as walkabouts. Diana was seen wearing the bangle at European Horse Trials near Burghley House on September 10, 1989 among many other dates. She would regularly wear the bangle with her gold link bracelet.[2][page needed]

Amethyst and diamond bracelet

While in Chicago in 1996, the Princess wore a double-row amethyst bracelet with an oval amethyst and diamond clasp. This was paired with a dress of the same rich purple color.[70]

Small gold charm bracelet

This gold charm bracelet was a part of the Princess's jewellery collection for many years but as it was small it was not noticed by many people. This was worn by the Princess while attending a Pavarotti concert on the 30th of July 1991 as well as on many other occasions.[43]

Diamond and sapphire cluster link bracelet

On 24 September 1996 the Princess of Wales attended a Charity Gala. While at this event, Diana was seen with a new diamond and sapphire bracelet (on her left wrist). Not much is known about the bracelet. Although the bracelet looks similar to the watch in the Saudi Arabian suite, it is not part of the Saudi Arabian suite as the watch strap from the Saudi Arabian suite had been turned into earrings and a choker.[87]

Gold link bracelet

This small gold link bracelet was worn by the Princess for informal occasions and was regularly worn with her gold bangle. Among the many dates the Princess wore the pieces together was in Japan while touring a children's hospital on 12 November 1990.[63]

Black and white star bracelet from Butler & Wilson

While attending a Supertramp concert in the early 1990s, the Princess wore a bracelet with black and white stones with silver diamante stars which was believed to have purchased from the famous costume jewellery store Butler & Wilson.[70]

Two-stoned gold cuff bracelet

During an official engagement at the Lord Gage Centre for Old People, a nursing home run by The Guinness Partnership, in 1990, the Princess wore a gold cuff bracelet which featured two blue stones at its centre.[94] The piece has been worn by Diana's daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex, at numerous occasions following her marriage to Prince Harry.[95]

Double crescent bracelet

Created by Verdura back in 1944, Diana was seen wearing the bracelet during the auction of her outfits in New York in 1997.[96] The piece is made out of "18k gold and platinum set with 137 round diamonds", and its "interlocking Cs derive from the cipher of Diana, Roman goddess of the hunt".[97] The Princess also wore a pair of earrings at the event, known as Diana Earclips and made out of "mabé pearl, diamond, platinum and 18k yellow gold".[98]

Bulgari bracelet

On 31 August 1997, the Princess was wearing a Bulgari seed-pearl bracelet that was held at each end with diamond-encrusted dragons which were given to her by Dodi Fayed. It was last worn by the Princess on the day of her death and subsequently became one of the 14 personal effects recovered from the crash scene.[57] It is said that due to the impact of the collision the bracelet broke and what was recovered of the bracelet, in part, was "6 white pearls".[68]

Gold Jaeger-Lecoultre watch

One of the Princess' favorite watches, she had worn it (or one similar) for years as early as 1991.[2] It was last worn by the Princess on the day of her death and subsequently became one of the 14 personal effects recovered from the crash scene.[57] It was listed as "Jaeger-leCoultre gold watch with white stones".[55][page needed]

Suites

Sultan of Oman diamond and sapphire necklace, earrings and bracelet

During her 1986 visit to Oman, Diana was given a set of crescent-shaped geometric diamond and sapphire necklace, earrings, and bracelet by the Sultan of Oman.[99] The Princess famously wore the set together with the Spencer Tiara during a state visit to Germany in 1987.[100]

The Saudi sapphire suite

As a wedding present, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia gave the Princess a suite of jewellery:[1] a Burmese sapphire and diamond pendant suspended on a baguette diamond tennis necklace (which also later suspended 'The Prince of Wales feathers diamond pendant'), matching earrings, matching ring, a two-row bracelet of brilliant-cut diamonds with a similar version of the sapphire pendant and a watch with the face set in the same diamond sunray fringe as the pendant and the strap consists of seven oval sapphires see in clusters of diamonds. The entire suite was all made by the Asprey and gifted to the Princess in a green malachite box decorated with a palm tree and crossed swords. The Princess would often wear the necklace, earrings and occasionally the bracelet. She used the stones from the watch and ring to make new pieces of jewellery. Four of the sapphire and diamond clusters from the watch strap used to create a pair of earrings, with two clusters as detachable pendant drops. The oval sapphire from the ring was set into the diamond sunray frame of the watch and became the centerpiece of a wide choker of midnight blue velvet backed with velcro. On either side of the sapphire is a chain of small diamonds, three deep, which runs halfway round the choker. The Princess wore the choker as a headband on her official visit to Japan in 1986, at a State banquet hosted by the Emperor."[87][2][page needed]

Butterfly earrings and necklace

During an official visit to Canada in 1986, the Princess wore a set of gold necklace and earrings. The earrings had the shape of a butterfly and the necklace also had a piece of golden butterfly in its center. The set was passed to the Princess's younger son who gave it to his wife. Diana's daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Sussex, wore the earrings during her visit to Australia and on the day her pregnancy was announced.[101][94]

Bulgari suite

During the final months of the Princess's life she received many pieces of jewellery as gifts from Dodi Fayed. She received a necklace, a pair of earrings, a bracelet, a brooch and a watch which all matched. She also received a Bulgari yellow gold and diamond band which she called a "friendship ring".[55][page needed]

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