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 the Queen’s Pear-Drop Diamond Earrings-
Composed of two large pear drop diamonds suspended from two smaller diamonds and set in gold, these earrings were made during the Queen’s reign, and are similar (albeit a smaller version) to the Queen’s Coronation Diamond Earrings and the Greville Diamond Earrings.
In 1968, the Queen wore her Pear-Drop Diamond Earrings for the Premiere of Lord Mountbatten: A Man for the Century at the Imperial War Museum in London. They were never a favourite, and I believe this was the only recorded occasion that they were worn by the Queen.
However, in 1983, the Queen loaned the Pear-Drop Diamond Earrings to the Princess of Wales, who wore then with the Spencer Tiara and a polka dot Catherine Walker gown for a Banquet in Auckland, during a Tour of Australia and New Zealand.
The Princess wore the Pear Drop Diamond Earrings again, with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara and a Gina Fratina gown, for the Return Banquet in Auckland a few days later. They haven’t been publicly worn since.