In February 1981, Diana Spencer became engaged to Prince Charles. The young princess chose a ring with a 12-carat Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds. She found it in the finished jewelry catalog of the royal jewelry supplier, the British firm Garrard. The ring was bought for £ 28,500 and became part of the treasury of the British crown (shortly before Lady Diana's death in 1997, the ring was already valued at £ 250,000). In 2010, Diana's son Prince William presented this ring to his bride Kate Middleton.
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Spencer family tiara
On July 29, 1981, the wedding ceremony of Diana and Prince Charles took place. Down the aisle, the Princess of Wales went in a dress created by a couple of designers David and Elizabeth Emmanuel, and a magnificent Spencer family tiara. This elegant head ornament with a floral diamond motif has belonged to Diana's father's family since 1919. Diana's mother and both of her sisters were married there.
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Sapphires and diamonds
On her wedding day, Diana was presented with a lot of jewelry. The most luxurious of the 12,000 gifts was from the Prince of Saudi Arabia (whom Diana had never personally met). A huge Burmese sapphire pendant came with earrings, ring, bracelet and watch, all designed by Asprey jewelers. Subsequently, the gems from this set were used for a choker on a velvet ribbon (at one of the receptions in 1986, Diana wore a neck ornament like a bando). Another sapphire brooch was given to the newlywed as a gift from the Queen Mother - from a large sapphire, framed by a double row of diamonds, Diana ordered to make a choker with seven strands of pearls and often wore it for the rest of her life (she hated brooches).
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Family tiara of the Windsor
Diana received the Cambridge Lover's Knot (or Queen Mary Lover's Knot) tiara as a wedding gift from Queen Elizabeth II - that jewel with diamonds and large teardrop-shaped pearls was inherited from her grandmother, wife of George V, Queen Mary of Teck. The Princess of Wales wore this tiara only on special solemn occasions, because she considered it too heavy and uncomfortable, and always complained of a headache if she wore the regalia for too long. After the divorce, Diana returned the tiara to the royal treasury. Today, Kate Middleton has access to this heirloom.
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In addition to the choker with a sapphire and seven rows of pearls, Diana was very fond of the jewelry set presented by the Sultan of Oman in 1986 during her visit with Prince Charles to the United Arab Emirates. She loved how original and modern this headset looked. Another choker got from Maria Tekskaya. A short art deco garrard necklace with emeralds was commissioned by the queen in the 1920s, and after her death passed to Elizabeth II, who did not particularly favor the precious thing and gave it to Diana. She often wore this necklace, including as a head ornament.
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Lady Dee's precious collection contained many items made of pearls - classic threads, multi-row chokers, earrings with large pearls. One pair was a gift from the Emir of Qatar, another, Venus, Diana bought in the Metropolitan Museum shop (now the same earrings can be purchased there for $ 68), there was also an asymmetrical pair of white and black pearls in her collection - although in those years it was different earrings was quite a defiant act.
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For the last time, a couple of months before her death, Diana appeared in public, also wearing pearl jewelry. At the performance "Swan Lake" performed by the English National Ballet, she was seen wearing a necklace with 178 diamonds and five pearls of the South Seas. Since then, the "farewell" jewel has been named after this great classical ballet.>