Known for her pitch-perfect fashion sense, Princess Diana had an equal talent for jewellery, which she wore, styled and re-fashioned in her own way. On the 57th anniversary of her birth, Vogue rounds up the most spectacular pieces from her jewelry collection.
Diana, Princess of Wales may be best known for her humanitarian work and high style, but she also had a hidden talent for restyling jewelry in an imaginative way. Drawing from an extensive collection—including diamond suites gifted by foreign royals, tiaras on loan from the Queen and heritage pieces belonging to the Spencer family—the late princess was often re purposing her precious treasures. She famously wore Queen Mary’s Art Deco emerald choker—a wedding gift from the Queen made with emeralds gifted from the
Ladies of India in 1911—as a bandeau for a dance during the tour of Australia in 1985. A year later she repeated the styling trick, wearing her velvet sapphire choker—this time a wedding present from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia—as a headband for a dinner at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo.
In the same spirit, Diana often re-designed and modified her jewelry, using diamonds from a watch band to create earrings or turning a ring into a centerpiece for a necklace. One of her signature jewels, the seven-strand pearl necklace with sapphire and diamond pendant, was fashioned from a brooch originally given to her by the Queen Mother. Continuing in his mother’s tradition, Prince Harry chose to use the diamonds from the pendant to create the Duchess of Sussex’s engagement ring. Today, much of Diana’s jewellery is living a second life in the hands of her daughters-in-law, including her 12-carat sapphire engagement ring which has been passed down to the Duchess of Cambridge.
Princess Diana’s love for jewelry didn’t end with emeralds, sapphires and grandiose diamond tiaras. She enjoyed experimenting with costume jeweler and semi-precious stones, which she sourced from London’s Butler & Wilson, and had a vast collection of understated gold accessories, including her personalized “D” charm necklace. From aquamarine suites to pearl chokers, Vogue looks back through Princess Diana’s best jewelry moments.