Princess Diana, throughout her life, had at her disposal an extensive and luxurious collection of jewelry, such as tiaras, diamonds, sapphires, rings and necklaces. After her death, some of these jewels became part of the inheritance of her sons, William and Harry.
25 years after Lady Di’s tragic death, here are some of the most impressive luxury pieces from her jewelry box.
Princess Diana engagement ring and jewellery
Sapphire engagement ring
In February 1981, Charles asked Lady Di to marry him, according to the dramatization seen in the series The Crown, the queen offers Diana “a very special box of chocolates”, the box contained a selection of rings from the London jewelry store Garrard, which served the British royal family from 1843 to 2007. Diana chose the sapphire ring that Garrard had for sale from its own collection and did not choose any of the rings already owned by the royal family.
“There are several theories as to why Diana chose that ring: because the color matched her eyes, that it was actually chosen by the queen or that, as Diana herself allegedly said, ‘it was the largest.’ Others argue that it simply reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring,” said Annie Sulzberger, head of documentation for The Crown.
The jewel is made up of a fabulous 18-carat blue sapphire, which is surrounded by 14 small diamonds. Today the piece is worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. The ring was part of the inheritance of Prince Harry, who gave it to his brother William when he became engaged to Kate Middleton in 2011.
Mary Lover’s Knot Tiara
One of the most emblematic crowns of Diana of Wales. It is composed of 19 diamond bows that have in turn pearls in the shape of a drop. This jewel returned to the Queen’s coffers when Diana and Charles divorced. The crown has been worn by Kate Middleton on several occasions, such as on Remembrance Day in 2015 and 2016.
The Spencer Tiara
This is another of the famous jewels that Princess Diana wore on her wedding day. The tiara, which belongs to the Spencer family, is made of gold with star-shaped flowers and is decorated with diamonds of different sizes, highlighting five in the center, one of them larger and wrapped with a heart.
The pearl necklace with a big sapphire
This necklace was another gift from Queen Elizabeth II to Lady Di. It is a brooch with a blue sapphire. Diana used to wear the gem as a brooch then decided to wear it as a choker along with some pearls.
Necklace ‘Swan Lake’.
In one of her last appearances, Diana attended a performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in London in June 1997. She wore a diamond and pearl necklace, which was christened the ‘Swan Lake’ necklace.
This jewel did not belong to the Royal Family and according to People magazine, it was sold at auction after the death of Princess Diana. This necklace has an estimated price of $12 million dollars.
The Art Deco Emerald Choker
This choker was created by Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother, Queen Mary. This jewel is composed of diamonds and emeralds. Diana used to wear it at various events as she was a great admirer of this piece and gave it very original uses, as well as choker or choker, she turned it into a headband.
The Saudi Suite
This set of stunning sapphires was the wedding gift on behalf of Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia. The set consisted of a diamond necklace with a large blue sapphire, a watch with sapphires and diamonds, a bracelet, a pair of earrings and a ring.
As time went by, Diana modified the jewelry to her liking and created new jewelry, including another pair of earrings and a choker that she sometimes wore as a headband.
The sapphire headband or choker
This piece was created from the Saudi Suite. Diana created, from the watch, a choker and a ring. As well as the emerald choker, Diana used to wear it as a hair accessory.
Aquamarine stone ring and bracelet
The five-strand pearl bracelet, adorned with a large aquamarine, was one of the pieces Diana wore many times.
After her divorce, Diana ditched her wedding band and began wearing an emerald-cut aquamarine ring with solitaire diamonds.
That ring has been seen on several occasions on the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.