Diana, the People’s Princess and style icon, wore some brilliant pieces of jewellery throughout her time in the spotlight. These extraordinary items of jewellery have been brought to life by the recent film Spencer, where Kristen Stewart transforms into Princess Di, and reminded us of some of Diana’s best jewellery looks. Here we will show you how to capture some of her magic.
The film centres around the Queen’s annual Christmas retreat at Sandringham in 1991, and imagines the experience Princess Diana has over those three-days of festivities. In this fictional account that serves as a fable for the whole of Diana’s life; she is faced with the building stresses of royal life, the spotlight that being a global celebrity has put on her and the crumbling of her marriage to Prince Charles.
Where better to start then, than her iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring that marked the start of their marriage.
Diana and her Engagement Ring
Breaking with tradition, Princess Diana’s engagement ring is arguably the most famous of all royal engagement rings due to the internal Royal Family conflicts it caused. The ring is very eye-catching, featuring a grand sapphire at its heart rather than the large diamond that was expected of a royal engagement ring. Diana is thought to have loved the ring, it both being extremely stylish and fitting her maverick identity within the establishment that is the Royal family. The ring was passed down to Prince William, and it now rests upon the fingers of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge.
The Ceylon Sapphire ring is closer to the actual ring that Diana wore, but if you are looking for a slightly more showy ring with more diamond embellishment the Oval ring looks box office.
With the film covering a snapshot of her tumultuous marriage, and the way she suffocates under the control and pressure being in the royal family has on her, it does make you think about the lighter and more jovial figure Diana became after her divorce.
Her Post-Charles jewellery looks are equally iconic. One of the pieces she wore to replace the dazzling sapphire engagement ring was a sparkling Aquamarine number. People have been reminded of the spectacular ring after it was worn by Meghan Markle, seen publicly when The Duchess of Sussex wore it to her evening wedding celebrations.
To capture a stylish slice of either post-divorce freedom or blissful new-wedded bliss, you can find it in this Aquamarine and Diamond Pavé Ring.
Diana did also get to wear some more whimsical pieces of jewellery, such as this set of butterfly earrings and necklace. They are both fun whilst remaining formal, and are great to take inspiration from. This Round Cut Diamond Star Pendant is similar, being a sparkly fun piece that also doesn’t look out of place in a formal setting and can be easily hidden behind a top without much fuss.
Diana and her Powerful Pearls
One of the most regular things that Diana wore were a selection of brilliant pearl pieces of jewellery, including these large pearl earrings.
Pearls aren’t for everyone though, so if you want some impressive earrings that give off the same grace as Diana, there are plenty of fashionable alternatives.
There are these opulent Yellow Diamond Earrings which wouldn’t look out of place on the ear of a royal and definitely make a statement, or if you prefer something slightly more reserved there are some Cabochon Cut Emerald Studs that are equally eye catching.
The true pearl centrepiece though is Diana’s grand necklace, which features prominently in the film Spencer.
It is a very enchanting piece of jewellery, one cannot avoid looking at them and the pearl’s size means that it gives off a sense of power.
If you want an equally imposing statement necklace to wear, you might like this ‘Enchantress’ Emerald and Diamond Necklace that is very much fit for a royal.