Princess Diana’s South-Sea Pearl Earrings

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, we are featuring 20 of her most iconic jewels. Click HERE to take a look at the full list! Today’s feature her large South-Sea Pearl Earrings, of unknown origin, which were a favourite in the 90s-

The first (known) appearance of these large South-Sea Pearl Earrings was at the Coronation Banquet of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan in November 1990.

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Other appearances of the earrings included an official dinner in Lahore on a 1991 visit to Pakistan

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…a concert at the Royal Albert Hall later that year…

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… with the Spencer Tiara at a English National Ballet Gala Performance in Budapest in 1992…

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… and at a State Banquet in South Korea in 1992.

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The earrings were also worn at a Gala Evening in Aid of Cancer Research at Bridgewater House In London in 1995…

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… and when the Princess of Wales received the Humanitarian of the Year award from Henry Kissinger in New York…

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The large South-Sea Pearl Earrings were worn at the Victor Chang Research Institute dinner in Sydney and at a Gala Dinner in Washington held By The American Red Cross to raise funds for Landmine Victims around the World.

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The final appearance of the earrings, without the large pearl drops and with the Swan Lake Necklace, was when Diana, Princess of Wales attended a performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall in London, on June 3rd, 1997, her last official engagement. They haven’t been seen since, but would be a good fit on the Duchess of Cambridge, who seems to prefer large statement earrings for evening events.

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UPDATE- The Duchess of Cambridge wore the top portion of Princess Diana’s South-Sea Pearl Earrings paired with the pearls from her Collingwood Pearl Earrings at the BAFTAs in February 2019!

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