We loooove the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s a nice time to relax, be cozy…and talk about Princess Diana’s jewelry collection (ha!). Today we’re going to focus on Diana’s love of pearl chokers. Along with the Spencer Tiara, Lady Diana brought some family pearls with her when she married Prince Charles.
One of our favourite pieces is the pearl choker that was given to Lady Diana by her family on the occasion of her 18th birthday. The necklace is made up of three strands of pearls with a central clasp that features small tourquoise stones. Diana wore this piece several times during the early years of her marriage and then it seems to have been tucked away once she acquired more serious jewels.
The picture above is of Diana during the Wales’ 1983 tour of Australia.
Now let’s jump back to the first picture we could find of Lady Diana wearing the choker. We love this snapshot taken of her during a formal evening at Althorp. She was doing her trademark ‘head-bowed-peak-out-at-the-camera’ pose even then!
Lady Diana also wore the necklace when she was a royal fiancee in 1980. Here she is with Prince Andrew looking rather out of sorts. Perhaps the day was all just a bit much:
Not looking super thrilled here, either, but the necklace sure looks good!
Love this picture of Diana on the deck of the Royal yacht Britannia during her honeymoon. Much happier here!
Love this candid moment in time on the balcony of Buckingham Palace…
Pearl chokers seem to have been something of a family tradition; Diana’s mum and sisters own or owned similar necklaces. Diana wore her sister Lady Sarah’s five strand choker with her pink ‘going away’ dress after her wedding. This choker features a pearl drop from the central clasp and is certainly more grand than Diana’s piece. Maybe Lady Sarah received this grander necklace since she was older.
Lady Sarah had been wearing that very necklace during the ceremony, which you can see if you look very closely here. Lady Sarah is in green on the bottom right:
Updated: Here’s a shot of Lady Sarah wearing the same necklace to her daughter Emily’s wedding on June 9, 2012. Check out the beauty on her wrist, too. It sure would go well with Diana’s necklace, no? Her earrings are also the spectacular ones that Diana wore on her wedding day. For more information on that, click here.
Diana’s mum, Frances Shand-Kydd, looked great in her pearls and wore them often:
This post would just not be complete without a not to the mother of all pearl chokers, her seven strand sapphire & pearl choker. Check out our post on that gorgeous piece by clicking here. Or just feast your eyes on this picture. She couldn’t be more decked out in pearls. She’s got the dress, earrings, and necklace covered!
Do let us know if you have any requests to learn more about any other specific pieces of Diana’s. We’re always looking for new ideas and would love to hear from you.