Today marks the Anniversary of the Birth of the late Princess Gina of Liechtenstein, born Countess Georgina von Wilczek and the the mother of Prince Hans Adam II of Liechtenstein, who was born on this day in 1921. To mark the occasion, we are taking a look at her versatile Diamond Choker-
Of unknown provenance, this antique diamond choker, composed of a series of chain-links, started to be worn by Princess Gina in the 1950s, often paired with multi-ringed diamond earrings and the Hapsburg Fringe Tiara.
With only the Hapsburg Fringe as a tiara option, Princess Gina’s choices were quite limited for less formal events, and thus she converted her Diamond Choker as a Bandeau Tiara on a State Visit to Pope John XXIII at the Vatican in 1960.
Princess Gina continued to wear the Choker for a variety of events, including the Wedding of Prince Juan Carlos of Spain and Princess Sofia of Greece in 1962, the Pre-Wedding Gala of King Constantine of Greece and Princess Anne Marie of Denmark in 1964, and the Shah of Iran’s lavish 2500 Anniversary of the Persian Empire Celebrations in Persepolis in 1971. The Choker continued to be worn by Princess Gina into the 1970s and 1980s, but has not been seen since her death in 1989.