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 Pearl and Diamond Bracelet-
Designed by Nigel Milne, this pearl and diamond bracelet was featured in their 1988/1989 jewellery catalogue. Nigel describes his experience:
In 1988 we decided to produce some jewellery and donate the proceeds from their sales to the charity, BIRTHRIGHT. For personal reasons Cherry and I had become supporters of this charity, Sir George Pinker, Cherry’s gynaecologist, being its President and The Princess of Wales its Patron. The three items that we chose for our Birthright Collection were a pair of diamond bow and pearl drop earrings, a diamond half eternity ring and a three row pearl bracelet with diamond and pearl spacers and clasp. This is the bracelet that Princess Diana wore on several occasions including at the Birthright Ball in 1989 and with her iconic Catherine Walker ‘Elvis’ dress in Hong Kong and has now been seen adorning the Duchess of Cambridge!
The first time the Princess of Wales wore this pearl and diamond bracelet, with her aquamarine earrings and a pale blue strapless Catherine Walker gown, was at a ball for the Birthright charity at the Savoy Hotel in London in March 1989.
In October that year, the Princess wore the bracelet to attend an Opera performance of The Masked Ball at the London Coliseum.
However, the most famous appearance came the next month, when the Princess of Wales wore the bracelet, along with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara, her Collingwood Pearl Earrings, and her iconic Catherine Walker ‘Elvis’ gown, at a Banquet at the Culture Centre in Hong Kong.
Last month, the Duchess of Cambridge wore her late mother-in-law’s pearl and diamond bracelet for a reception at the Clärchens Ballhaus in Berlin. We will hopefully see it again on her soon.
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