Gemstones Jewelry of Princess Diana

Diamond and Sapphire Pendant on a Diamond Tennis Necklace
Princess Diana Attending a State Reception
Princess Diana wears a suite of sapphire and diamond jewels presented by the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, and the Spencer family tiara.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer:Tim Graham
Date Photographed: April 11, 1983
Location Information: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
From "The Queen's Jewels" p.36 by Leslie Field 1987

The only diamond necklace that the Princess of Wales owns is the solid chain of brilliant cut diamonds set in gold that part of the sapphire and diamond-suite she received as a wedding gift from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia.
Its large sapphire pendant is detachable and the Princess also wears the chain with the diamond-Prince of Wales feathers' pendant that Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother gave her-just after-her engagement was announced.  This oval pendant, which has a detachable emerald drop, had been a wedding gift to Princess Alexandra of Denmark from the 'Ladies of Bristol' when she-married the future King Edward VII in 1863........

PRINCE OF WALES FEATHERS' DIAMOND PENDANT
Princess Wearing Red Evening Gown
Princess Diana wears Spencer family tiara, Prince of Wales Feathers necklace, and family order of Queen Elizabeth pin.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: March 30, 1983

RUBY AND DIAMOND LINK NECKLACE
Lady Diana at the Premiere of For Your Eyes Only
Lady Diana, before her marriage to Prince Charles, attends the premiere of For Your Eyes Only at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: July 24, 1981
Location Information: Westminster, London, England, UK

Princess Diana in Prince of Wales Feathers Necklace at the Opera
Princess Diana wears the Prince of Wales Feathers necklace at the Royal Opera House.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: December 8, 1982
Location Information: Covent Garden, Westminster, London, England, UK 

DOUBLE STRAND DIAMOND AND AMETHYST BEAD CHOKER
Princess Diana Smiling in Velvet Blue Dress
Princess Diana attends a formal event in a strapless blue dress and matching gloves.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: ca. 1980-1990


BLACK BEADS AND DIAMANTE STARS
Picture from The Royal Jewels of the World Message Board.  If this is your picture, please let me know so I may give credit.
 Princess Diana Holding Bouquet of Flowers
Princess Diana receives bouquet of flowers at a Supertramp concert.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: ca. 1980-1990
Location Information: Westminster, London, England, UK 
DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE TASSEL NECKLACE
Picture from Squidgy, The Royal Forums-Message Board, Diana, Princess of Wales Picture Thread Part IV.  Originally scanned-from HOLA magazine.

The sapphire and-diamond part of this necklace breaks up into two pairs of sapphire-cabochon and diamond bracelets.  The Princess of Wales wore this to a State Banquet the day after she arrived from her USA visit in November 1985 wearing the 'Travolta dress', the gown she wore at The White-House where she danced with John Travolta.
Photos of Diana wearing this necklace are extremely rare and I am indebted to Squidgy from The Royal Forums Message Board who provided me with-one and for Boris from The Royal Jewels Message Board who brought it to my-attention.  

DIANA WEARING THE PAIR OF SAPPHIRE CABOCHON AND DIAMOND BRACELET

Image: © GRAHAM TIM/CORBIS SYGMA
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: November 28, 1994
Location Information: VERSAILLES, REGION PARISIENNE, France

 CORAL-NECKLACE
Prince and Princess of Wales
The Prince and Princess of Wales return from their honeymoon to the Royal Air Force base at Lossiemouth.
Image: © Bob Thomas/CORBIS
Photographer: Bob Thomas
Date Photographed: August 1981
Location Information: Lossiemouth, Scotland, UK 

BLACK VELVET CHOKER WITH DIAMOND CENTERPIECE
Pictures scanned from 'Debrett's Illustrated Fashion Guid, The Princess of Wales' by Jayne and Terry Finger.  Thanks to VeronikaN for providing these photos!

DIAMOND AND RUBY NECKLACE

LADY DIANA AT THE BIENNIAL FESTIVAL IN VENICE
Image: © GRAHAM TIM/CORBIS SYGMA
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: June 9, 1995
Location Information: VENISE, VENETIE, Italy

RUBY AND DIAMOND TASSEL NECKLACE
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DIAMOND AND EMERALD NECKLACE 
 Unfortunately, this is the only picture I have of Princess Diana wearing this earrings and necklace.  So, it's hard to get detail on the earrings.  This is the only time she wore this set
Picture from micas, The Royal Forums Princess Diana Jewelry Thread I

DIAMOND AND EMERALD ART DECO CHOKER
This Art Deco choker was a wedding gift from the Queen.
 

 BANQUET HELD BY THE KING OF MALAYSIA IN LONDON
Image: © GRAHAM TIM/CORBIS SYGMA
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: November 11, 1993
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This choker is now part of a Special Exhibit, 'Dress for the Occasion' showing dresses worn by QEII, and jewels from QEII's collection.  The main website for this exhibit is:  http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/dressfortheoccasion/default.asp 
Picture spliced together from website link below.  The original idea came from The Royal Jewels of the World Message Board which I re-did since I wanted a larger photo.

http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/microsites/dressfortheoccasion/object.asp?exhibs=BPSO2006jewellery&item=5
Information from the link above:
Originally made with sixteen-of the Cambridge emeralds as part of the Delhi Durbar parure, matching the necklace and bracelet, it was remodelled for Queen Mary in the 1920s using-the same emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds, but set in platinum in the Art Deco style. Inherited by The Queen in 1953, it was later worn by The-Princess of Wales.

From 'The Royal Jewels' p.ix Revised Edition by Suzy Menkes, 1986

"...Diana added the cabochon emerald drop to her diamond Prince of Wales feather pendant, recalling the style of Princess Alexandra..."
 
 Picture from The Royal Jewels of the World Message Board.  If this came from you, please let me know so credit can be given.

DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE VELVET CHOKER

Diana, Princess of Wales wearing the diamond and sapphire choker on a midnight-blue velvet backed with Velcro.
Princess Diana Wearing a Choker and Smiling
Princess Diana attends a formal event in a dark blue velvet and lace dress.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Date Photographed: ca. 1980-1990

DIAMOND AND SAPPHIRE RONDELLE CHOKER

This choker is different from the one above.  The diamonds surrounding the central sapphire is larger and the diamond links appear to be wider than the one above.


DIANA AT A CHARITY CONCERT GIVEN BY PAVAROTTI
Original caption: Portrait of the Princess of Wales.
Image: © CORBIS SYGMA
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: June 2, 1995
Location Information: CARDIFF, Wales, UK

OMAN SUITE: DIAMOND EARRINGS, DIAMOND NECKLACE, DIAMOND BRACELET

This crescent shaped diamond earrings were given to Diana by the Sultan of Oman during-the royal couple's visit to Oman in November 1986 (Dressing Diana p.99, Tim Graham-and Tamsin Blanchard).  It is part of suite of diamond-necklace and earrings seen in this photo and a diamond bracelet (not shown).

Prince Charles and Princess Diana Attending a Banquet
Prince Charles and Princess Diana attend a formal banquet while on a visit to Germany.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: November 2, 1987
Location Information: Bonn, Germany

Princess Diana Wearing Blue Evening Gown
Profile of Princess Diana in blue satin evening gown.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: ca. 1980-1990
Location Information: Sydney, Australia

DIAMOND RIBBED COLLAR NECKLACE

Diamond collar necklace-with matching earrings.  Unfortunately, I have no information on this event.  This is the only picture of Diana wearing this particular-necklace.

Picture copied from The Royal Jewels of the World Message Board.  If this is your photo, please let me know so I may give you credit.  Thanks.

THE KING FAISAL OF SAUDI ARABIA NECKLACE

This diamond fringe necklace-is set with round and baguette diamonds.  It was made by Harry Winston and was given to QEII during a State visit to England in 1967.  The Queen-loaned it to Diana for her visit to Australia.  The Queen's-Jewels p.57, Leslie Field

Prince Charles and Princess Diana at Gala in Australia
Prince Charles wears a black tuxedo and Princess Diana-wears a light blue gown to a gala evening-during a visit to Australia.
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Date Photographed: March 28, 1983
Location Information: Australia

THE KING KHALID OF SAUDI ARABIA-NECKLACE

This necklace was-made by Harry Winston and was given to QEII when she made a State visit to Saudi Arabia in February 1979.  The Queen loaned it to the-Princess on at least three occasions during 1982 and 1983 (The Queen's Jewels p.57, Leslie Field).  Diana wears it with the diamond and pearl drop earrings, a wedding-present from the Emir of Qatar.

Princess Diana Smiling While Arriving at Center
Original caption: London: The Radiant Princess. A radiant smile from the Princess of Wales as she arrives for a Royal Gala Performance that opened the Barbican-Arts Centre in London on 4 March, 1982. The Princess, who is expecting her first baby in June, wore a full length cerise silk dress for the occasion. called the "Night of Knights" the performance featured a host of stars who helped raise funds for a Trust founded-by the Prince of wales to aid underprivileged-young people. The Barbican centre is the largest arts and conference centre in Western Europe and is the new home of the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Shakespeare-Company and the Guildhall School of Music.
Image: © Bettmann/CORBIS
Date Photographed: March 4, 1982
Location Information: London, England, UK 

GRADUATED DIAMOND FLOWER CLUSTER NECKLACE
RETRO: LADY DIANA, 'THE YEAR OF THE PRINCESS'
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS
Photographer: Tim Graham
Picture from The Royal Jewels of the World Message Board.  If this was yours, please let me know so I may give credit.

COLLINGWOOD-DIAMOND GIRANDOLE-EARRINGS AND DIAMOND-NECKLACE

The diamond-earrings and necklace were on loan from Collingwood jewelers, which were the jewelers favored by the Spencer Family ever since Lady Diana was a girl.  The jewelries-were borrowed for the official engagement photographs taken by Lord Snowdon at Highgrove House.  Collingwood had wanted to give this set to Diana as a wedding present but it was deemed inappropriate by Palace officials.  Collingwood did-present Diana with a diamond and pearl earrings.  The necklace and earrings were sold by an Iranian jeweler in Dusseldorf, Genio Hakimi, who claimed they were Spencer-heirlooms that had been sold to pay for the wedding (The Queen's Jewels p.36, Leslie Field).  He used-these photographs as proof.
I sometimes I wonder-who owns this set.

Picture from micas, The Royal Forums Message Board Original caption: A touch of majesty: Lady Diana Spencer's youthful but regal bearing captured at Highgrove in May (1981)
Photos taken by Lord Snowdon at Highgrove House (The Queen's Jewels p.36, Leslie Field)
Picture scanned from "Invitation to a Royal Wedding" p.16 by Kathryn SpinkPrincess of Wales Jewelry Thread I
Lady Diana wore this necklace again during the visit of King Khalid of Saudi Arabia in June 10, 1981.


FRANCES SHAND KYDD DIAMOND NECKLACE
Both the necklace and earrings-were borrowed from Diana's mother for this event.  I am trying to locate the source of information about-the necklace.

Princess Grace with British Royalty
Original caption: London, England: Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer with Princess Grace of Monaco in the Goldsmiths' Hall, City of London, for money-raising concert and reception in aid of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. March 9, 1981.
Image: © Bettmann/CORBIS
Photographer: P. Skingley
Date Photographed: March 9, 1981
Location Information: London, England, UK 

SPENCER-FAMILY DIAMOND AND PEARL-DROP NECKLACE 

From the caption in the-souvenir book of 'Diana: a celebration' p.16 which I saw in Dayton, Ohio in April 2006.
"Every single diamond is detachable and a bracelet-can be made from part of it.  Hanging from the necklace are 3 pearls in diamond mounts and drops from a pair of diamond earrings."
source:http://dianasjewels.net/diamondnecklaces.htm

1 comment:

  1. Great collection of photos. Thank you for sharing them.

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