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 Collingwood Pearl Earrings-
A wedding gift to the Princess of Wales from Collingwood jewellers in London, she wore the earrings for the first time at a banquet a month before the wedding, with a diamond necklace set to be the original gift, which was later (dubiously) sold.
The Princess of Wales wore the earrings on her wedding day, as part of her going away outfit.
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A classic, timeless design, these earrings were frequently worn for both day and evening events, when the pear-drop pearls coordinated perfectly with the pear-drop pearls in Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara. Popular appearances include early tours of Australia, Canada, and Italy.
The Collingwood Pearl Earrings were also worn to formal events during a tour of the United States and a Banquet at the Elysee Palace during a visit to Paris.
While the Princess rarely wore her Collingwood Pearl Earrings in the 1990s, a famous appearance came at the wedding of Viscount Linley to Lady Serena Stanhope in 1993.
The last time the Princess was pictured in the earrings, with her Sapphire Choker, was at a famous appearance in 1994, on the night the Prince of Wales confessed to adultery with Camilla Parker-Bowles.
Last month, the Duchess of Cambridge wore her late mother-in-law’s Collingwood Pearl Earrings for the first time at the Spanish State Banquet, with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot Tiara and the Queen’s Greville Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace. The Duchess also wore the earrings a few weeks later, at the Passchendaele Centenary commemorations in Belgium. I think these earrings really suit the Duchess, and look forward to seeing them frequently in the future.