We tell you about all the most unique family jewelry that the Princess of Wales has ever worn.
Diane Spencer is a recognized style icon. She loved to dress up, but she adored jewelry no less. After the wedding with Prince Charles, Spencer had the jewels of the royal family at her disposal. But she also inherited the family jewelry, which was passed down from generation to generation in the largest aristocratic Spencer family. One of the most famous, of course, is the tiara in which Lady Dee got married. But in addition to this, Diana also wore other family jewels, which are also worthy of attention.
Princess Dina, 1985
Princess Dina, 1985photogetty Images
Diana was a huge fan of pearls, and her collection consisted of dozens of different pearl jewelry. Take, for example, the iconic choker with sapphire and diamonds, with which Lady Di complemented her “revenge dress”.
On her 18th birthday, Diana received a gift from her family – a triple choker made of small pearls with a floral element in the center decorated with turquoise. The sisters of the future princess also received similar necklaces. Diana wore her favorite jewelry several times, complementing them, for example, a red dress with an openwork collar in 1985, as well as a strict suit in 1994. Sometimes Diana hid the clasp from behind, leaving only three strings of pearls in sight.
Charlotte Frances Frederica Spencer, 1885
The history of the necklace dates back to 1613, when Elizabeth Stuart married Frederick of the Palatinate (later Frederick V, King of Bohemia). As a wedding gift, Elizabeth received three pearl pendants. The jewelry was inherited by her son, the famous Prince Ruprecht, and later, in 1726, were sold by his daughter Rupert Howe to Queen Anne’s favorite Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough.
Sarah converted the jewelry she bought into another necklace, combining pearls with diamonds given to her by Queen Anne. After her death in 1744, the necklace was inherited by her grandson John, 1st Earl Spencer. The decoration was inherited in the Spencer family, and was first photographed on Charlotte Spencer Contess in the 1800s.
Princess Diana appeared in this necklace only once in the 80s. The decoration was inherited by Lady Dee, and after her death was not seen anywhere again.
Diana during a visit to Sydney, 1996
The history of this decoration begins with Diana herself. After her divorce from Prince Charles, Lady Dee decided to find a replacement for her famous Garrard engagement ring. Diana turned to the best jewelers of the Asprey House, who made for her a ring with a large aquamarine rectangular cut surrounded by small diamonds. Later , Meghan Markle got it — it was the Duchess of Sussex who wore it to her wedding with Prince Harry .
Harry and Meghan on their wedding day, May 19, 2018
Lady Di ordered the decoration herself. It is based on an incredible aquamarine, presented to the princess by the wife of the Brazilian ambassador to Britain and her close friend Lucia Flecha de Lima in 1996. The British jewelry house Asprey framed a large aquamarine with small solitaire diamonds. Diana only wore the ring a couple of times. The decoration was first released in October 1996, a few months after her divorce from Charles. Spencer attended a charity dinner in Sydney, where she boasted a catchy jewelry that replaced her engagement ring with a sapphire.
Earrings with diamonds and pearls of the South Sea
Princess Diana on a tour of Korea, 1992
Princess Diana, 1996
The history of these jewelry is not known for sure, but Diana really loved these earrings and wore them very often in the nineties. Diana first appeared in pearl jewelry in November 1990 at a banquet on the occasion of the coronation of Emperor Akihito of Japan and Empress Michiko.
Later, Lady Dee added luxurious jewelry with pearls and diamonds to the image at a concert at the Albert Hall in ’91, during a visit to Pakistan in the same year, and also combined them with the famous family tiara at the Gala Performance of the English National Ballet in ’92. Wearing the same earrings, Spencer traveled to South Korea, and also received the Humanist of the Year Award from Henry Kissinger in New York.
Kate at the EE British Academy Film Awards, 2019
Diana sometimes transformed earrings by removing large pearls from them. Diamond jewelry looked just as luxurious and interesting. The last time Diana tried on her favorite jewelry was in June 1997 — at the production of “Swan Lake” at the Albert Hall.
The princess’s jewelry has now gone to Kate Middleton: the Duchess of Cambridge had the honor of wearing her husband’s mother’s favorite jewelry at the BAFTA Awards in 2019.