|Never looked better! Photo by Tim Graham.|
I have just about had it with all the coverage of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, because of the looming 20th anniversary of her death at the end of the month. It seems to be everywhere—during national news broadcasts, as prime time specials, and stories galore over at the Daily Mail. Enough already! I can’t believe there are any more “secrets” to be discovered about her marriage or life or final days!
Four stories I have actually enjoyed were written by Sarah Rainey and all were about her jewelry—what she owned before she married Prince Charles, pieces she was given as wedding presents, and what she liked and did not like when it came to gems. Now those are articles I can appreciate! I love stories that tell you about a woman’s jewelry collection. You can find the articles by clicking here and here and here and here. I highly recommend all of them and will add updates if Ms. Rainey writes anymore. Do note that readers of the fourth article complained that there were many mistakes made by the writer in doing her research. I do not know enough about the jewelry belonging to Diana or the Crown to have an opinion on this so read all the articles with a grain of salt!
Looking over the photographs of Diana in fabulous jewelry reminded me what a star she was in her time. I still miss her. I am including three of my favorite photos of Diana from the articles.
The photo above, of Diana in the Catherine Walker pearl-encrusted “Elvis” dress in Hong Kong in 1989, is my absolute favorite of her. I laugh every time I see it. She looks so young, so gorgeous, and also up to no good. Love it! She is wearing the famous Cambridge Lover’s Knot tiara, a wedding gift to her from the Queen. I honestly don’t think anyone will ever wear it better. Sorry, Kate!
|Gorgeous in emerald green and borrowed diamonds for her engagement portraits in 1981. Photo by Lord Snowdon.|
I remember how beautiful I thought Diana looked when I saw this picture of her in emerald green silk taffeta and diamonds, back when I was 12, and I still absolutely love it. Ms. Rainey writes that the diamonds were on loan from Collingwood, the Spencer family jewelers, chosen by Diana for the sitting, and that Collingwood wanted to give the set to her for a wedding present but the palace told her it was inappropriate for her to accept it. She did continue to borrow them, however, for various formal events!
|Diana in 1987. Photo by Nils Jorgensen.|
I don’t recall this earring and necklace set but I love it on her! They were a gift from the Sultan of Oman in 1986 and the article said she loved the modern design of them. Me too! I also love all that blue at her eyes. Remember that, everybody? Blue eyeliner AND blue mascara?!? I was 17 so I was wearing this eye-makeup look too, ha ha!
Let me know if you have a favorite piece of jewelry from Diana’s collection, anything you especially loved seeing on her.