August 31st will mark the 20th Anniversary of the death of Diana, Princess of Wales, one of the most iconic women of the last century. In honour of her death anniversary, we are featuring 20 of her most iconic jewels. Today’s feature is her signature Seven-strand Pearl and Sapphire Choker-
As a wedding gift, the Queen Mother gave a large oval sapphire and diamond brooch her new granddaughter-in-law. In the early years of her marriage, Princess of Wales wore the piece as a brooch, including the famous appearance above, during the Dutch State Visit to the Netherlands in 1982, when the Princess had to find a new gown and jewels after Queen Beatrix gave her the orange Sash of the Order of the Crown.
However, soon after the wedding, the Princess had the sapphire brooch converted into the clasp for a magnificent seven-strand pearl choker. One of the earliest famous appearances was in 1985, when she wore the choker to dance with John Travolta at the White House.
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A favourite piece of jewelry, the Princess wore this seven-strand pearl and sapphire choker for occasions at home and abroad.
Another famous appearance of the sapphire choker was in 1994, when the Princess wore the piece (with the daring ‘revenge’ dress) on the night the Prince of Wales confessed to adultery with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
The seven-strand pearl and sapphire choker was one of the rare ‘big’ jewels from her marriage that Diana, Princess of Wales continued to wear after her divorce, including when she received the Humanitarian of the Year Award in New York.
The last time the choker was publicly seen was when Diana, Princess of Wales attended the Met Gala in New York in December 1996. It hasn’t been seen or exhibited since, and now belongs to Prince William and Prince Harry.