Princess Diana’s most iconic jewellery moments

The ultimate guide to Princess Diana's jewellery collection. With the final episodes of The Crown airing, we shine a spotlight on the Princess of Wales' jewels. From her famous sapphire and diamond engagement ring to the Sapphire Knot Tiara

By Joshua Hendren

The late Diana, Princess of Wales left a jewellery legacy like no other. Here, we take a look at some of her most memorable pieces, from diamond-dusted earrings and sentimental pearls to Spencer family heirlooms. Many of her pieces are now worn by Catherine, Princess of Wales including her sapphire and diamond engagement ring and the Lovers Knot Tiara.

The Cocoon Chain

A portrait of Lady Diana Spencer (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images)

This punkish necklace is an underrated gem in Diana’s jewellery box. Crafted in yellow gold, the oversized cocoon chain is complete with chunky hardware detailing.

The Initial Necklace

Lady Diana Spencer at the Young England Kindergarden Nursery School in Pimlico (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

A blushing Lady Diana Spencer, at the time a nursery school assistant at the Pimlico school dating the heir to the throne, wears a yellow gold chain with a D pendant hanging off of it. The origin of the gold initial is unknown.

The Singular Strand of Pearls

Lady Diana Spencer wearing a pearl necklace in London in 1980 (Photo by Stuart Clarke/Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Pearls were a timeless addition of Diana’s jewellery rotation. Here, a then-Lady Diana Spencer patrols the streets of southwest London in a singular strand of the milky gemstone.

The Ruby and Diamond Links

Lady Diana Spencer at the film premiere for Your Eyes Only at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

At the premiere of James Bond’s For Your Eyes Only at the Odeon Leicester Square cinema in 1981, Lady Diana sparkled in this ruby and diamond link necklace.

The Garrard Engagement Ring

Lady Diana Spencer reveals her sapphire and diamond engagement ring while she and Prince Charles pose for photographs in the grounds of Buckingham Palace following the announcement of their engagement (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Arguably her most iconic jewel, Princess Diana’s white gold engagement ring was crafted by royal jeweller Garrard with a halo of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire.

The Floral Pearl Choker

Diana, Princess of Wales during a visit to Deptford in London, 1982 (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

This glittering three-strand pearl choker with a flower-shaped clasp was an 18th birthday gift from her family and one of Diana’s most beloved pieces.

The Cascading Pearls

Diana, Princess of Wales attends the film premiere of Back To The Future (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

And, of course, we couldn’t forget one of Diana’s most unforgettable jewellery statements when she elevated her plum crushed velvet gown by Catherine Walker with a knotted clutch of cascading pearls that hung down the contours of her back.

The Sapphire and Diamond Headband

Diana, Princess Of Wales wears a sapphire and diamond headband (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

This stylish midnight-blue velvet choker, worn here at a dinner hosted by Emperor Hirohito at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo in 1986, is cleverly constructed from parts of a suite given as a wedding present from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. An oval sapphire from the ring was set in the diamond sunray frame of the watch and became the centrepiece of the necklace, while tiny diamonds, three deep, frame the perimeter.

The Spencer Tiara

Princess Diana at a banquet at Claridges wearing the Spencer diamond tiara (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

The Spencer tiara has been in the possession of Diana’s family for nearly a century. Spun in silver and gold, the piece features sculptural flowers and foliage dusted with diamonds. Upon her death in 1997, the tiara passed to the late princess’ brother, Earl Spencer.

The Lover’s Knot Tiara

Diana, Princess of Wales in Hong Kong (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Another sparkly pearl heirloom, this magnificent topper is the Lover’s Knot tiara, designed by the crown jeweller Garrard in 1914 for Queen Mary.  It consists of diamonds and a collection of 19 suspended teardrop pearls, all set in silver and gold. It was later passed down to Queen Elizabeth II, who loaned the tiara to Princess Diana on at least five known occasions.

The Pearl and Sapphire Choker

The Princess of Wales wears a pearl and sapphire choker at a formal dinner in Budapest, 7th May 1990 (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

One of Diana’s favourite jewels was this layered pearl choker with a giant sapphire surrounded by diamonds as its centrepiece. The piece didn’t start off as a necklace, however, but as a brooch, a wedding gift from her grandmother-in-law, the Queen Mother, which she quickly had mounted onto seven pearly strands.

The Eleven-Strand Pearl Necklace

The Princess of Wales attends a performance of Simon Boccanegra at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, 12th November 1991 (Photo by Jayne Fincher/Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

Princess Diana would often favour this spectacular design, made up of over 900 pearls with connecting columns of diamonds and rubies, for film premieres and events. Talk about a showstopper.

The Pearl, Ruby and Sapphire Earrings

The Princess Of Wales during a visit to Seoul in 1992 (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

We adore the artful edge to these statement earrings, which Diana designed herself using various pieces of her jewellery. One earring features a hanging pearl and an oval ruby, while the other teams a pearl with a large blue sapphire.

The Pearl Showstopper

Princess Diana wearing a pearl necklace to a gala performance at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London, 6th November 1993 (Photo by Princess Diana Archive/Getty Images)

Pearls upon pearls! This stacked beauty was designed using one of Diana’s eight-strand chokers and a bigger pearl-drop necklace placed underneath.

The Diamond and Pearl Drops

Diana, Princess of Wales at a private viewing at Christie’s in aid of the Aids Crisis Trust and The Royal Marsden Hospital Cancer Fund (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Composed of a white diamond floral cluster and a pear-shaped pearl drop, these earrings were a wedding gift to the Princess from the Emir of Qatar, pictured here during a private view at Christie’s, just two months before her tragic death.

The Oversized Gold Hoops

Diana, Princess Of Wales, at Northwick Park and St. Mark’s Hospital in Harrow, Middlesex (Photo by Tim Graham Photo Library via Getty Images)

Princess Diana’s earring game was unrivalled. Case in point: this supersized take on the classic hoop imagined in flattering yellow gold.

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