Messages, memories and power. One look at the necklace or ring that was gifted to you by your great grandmother is full of significance and pride. It can be a gorgeous piece or one that is not as pretty to look at, but its value will always remain priceless.
Imagine the stories of jewelry inherited by the royal family. Be it diamonds, sapphires or rubies and tiaras, each piece has a riveting past behind it.
What happens in the royal family, stays in the royal family. This applies even when it comes to the royal jewels. It all stays within the family. From time immemorial, the British royals have passed priceless jewels from one generation to another.
While royal jewels are inherited by the royal family, as fashion changes, royals sport classic and traditional looks with modern twists. And of course, our royal duchess of Cambridge and duchess of Sussex have managed to do just this as eloquently as they are expected to do, taking jewels through something of a royal journey.
Princess Diana’s royal jewels that have been passed on through inheritance has just as much of a thrilling and beautiful story that has brought it in the hands of the lovely Duchess of Cambridge and Duchess of Sussex.
Just as it is said, jewelry is most definitely art. But the value that is added from history and emotions is beyond comparison to its physical beauty. The royal family portrays their legacy and their power through distinct pieces of jewelry that make a statement.
Princess Diana did bring youth and excitement to the institution. And it is safe to say, her unrivalled jewelry box added to the glitz and glamor of it all as well.
Princess Diana had an unparalleled collection of breath-taking diamonds and gorgeous jewelry during her lifetime. It is not a surprise that these jewels have been passed on in the family. Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have worn these historical and beautiful jewels from their late mother-in-law on several different occasions. They have time and time again made a statement every time the royal jewels are shown off, making heads turn. This is exactly in accordance with Princess Diana's final wishes. According to her letter of wishes, she stated that, "I would like you to allocate all my jewelry to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewelry to your discretion."
There are a plethora of stunning pieces of jewelry that have been inherited by Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle that have captured the attention and hearts of all admirers.
The Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring
Kate Middleton’s gorgeous and talked about sapphire engagement ring belonged to Princess Diana.
It is perhaps one of the most famous pieces of royal jewelry that the Duchess of Cambridge inherited from Princess Diana. This sapphire engagement Ring was created by the British jeweller, Garrard and was chosen by Prince Charles back in 1981 for his proposal to Princess Diana. Prince William in 2010 presented the ring to Kate Middleton for their engagement.
The ring features a 12-carat oval Ceylon which is surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. It brought the entire world into a sapphire frenzy. The fact that it had previously belonged to Princess Diana, of course made it all the more special. The Sapphire in the middle is tantalizing and the diamonds surrounding it heighten its boldness as well as its elegance. The diamond pieces individually are magical, but together they create a piece that could not compare to any other. The combination of sapphire and diamonds is timeless.
Meghan’s Engagement Ring
While Prince William made quite the statement as he proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother's historic sapphire and diamond ring, Prince Harry was not far behind proposing to Meghan Markle with an engagement ring that also has a close connection to Princess Diana. And the gorgeous royal jewels that make up this engagement ring need to be talked about.
A custom three-diamond engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry for the Duchess of Sussex. This gorgeous ring included a large centre piece which was a stone that was sourced from Botswana. It was accompanied by two smaller royal jewels that were taken from a piece of Princess Diana’s famous jewelry collection. The engagement ring is said to be a “jewel of inestimable value.”
It is believed the royal gems came from the classic sapphire and diamond brooch that the Queen had gifted Princess Diana. This had been made into a centerpiece of a pearl necklace later.
The Aquamarine Ring
Definitely one of the most iconic and classic baubles in Princess Diana’s immense jewelry collection, is the aquamarine ring. It is also said to be a part of a set that includes a statement bracelet that is donned with a large aquamarine that is accompanied with strands of pearls.
The Duchess of Sussex received the ring as a gift from Prince Harry as a part of his mother’s personal royal jewels collection.
The aquamarine ring is an emerald cut aquamarine that is flanked by solitaire diamonds which are just about the right size, and are set in 24-carat warm-tone yellow gold. The ring is believed to have been commissioned by none other than the Princess of Asprey.
Meghan Markle debuted her royal inheritance of this ring on the day of her wedding. It certainly was the perfect time to do so.
The Lover’s Knot Tiara
Well, I think we can add tiaras to that list. There is something so beautiful and quaint about crowns and tiaras. It is for certain, that quite a few of us would have dreamt of having a gorgeous royal wedding, while wearing a diamond or pearl tiara and a white gown. The Lover’s Knot tiara would be the perfect accessory to fulfill all our fairy tale dreams.
Queen Elizabeth had a wonderful habit of lending her jewelry to the other members of the royal family. This included the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara. This sparking and magical pearl heirloom was one of Princess Diana’s favourites.
Kate Middleton wore the enchanting tiara in 2015 and it has since become one of her favourite headpieces as well, which is not very surprising considering its beauty.
The sparkling diadem holds sentimental value for Kate Middleton as well, but it is also enriched with an incredible royal history. It is a replica of an earlier tiara, and is embellished with pearls and diamonds, and adds to any royal ensemble for every possible occasion.
The tiara consists of a total of 19 arches, and the heirloom contains 38 drop-shaped pearls that are suspended from twists closely resembling pretzels. This is also why it is also known as the lover’s knot tiara.
The Sapphire and Diamond Earrings
Princess Diana had a certain affinity towards diamonds. Diamonds have always been a traditional and classic way to go. It exemplifies and accentuate the elegance of the royal family.
The sapphire and diamond earrings were a wedding gift to Princess Diana. William had gifted these earrings to the Duchess of Cambridge after he proposed in 2010. These gorgeous diamond and sapphire earrings were chosen to match her engagement ring. Diamonds and sapphires everywhere. A matching set adds to the beauty of the entire look. The diamonds allows the sapphire to be in focus while adding the shimmer that the earrings radiate.
Kate Middleton afterwards updated the oversized stud design of these royal jewels into a more modern drop style. Leave it to Kate Middleton to turn something beautiful into something even more magical. They are now a signature part of Kate Middleton’s look.
The Diamond and South Sea Pearl Earrings
The elegant pair of diamond and pearl earrings were said to be among Princess Diana's favourite pieces of jewelry. Princess Diana wore these earrings on several occasions through the years, including during her time in New York back in 1995 as well as in Sydney in 1996. The Duchess of Cambridge inherited these royal jewels, and she wore these earrings to the BAFTAs, London in 2019. The simple, dainty but powerful statement that the earrings made is what the royal family is all about. Diamonds and pearls create an ethereal look. The pearl piece dangling from the centre and the diamonds allowing for the drop of the pearl complement the piece adding style and class to the look.
Butterfly Stud Earrings
The royal family can sport any look. Including a simple statement piece. The Duchess of Sussex has always had a love for dainty earrings. And that includes this pair of gold butterfly studs, which once belonged to Princess Diana. The subtle beauty reigns elegance and power through this delicate set of butterfly earrings.
Four-String Pearl Choker
Chokers have always been in, contrary to the popular belief that they are a relatively new concept. In the collection of Queen Elizabeth, the four-string pearl choker is one that has always stood out. The necklace was subsequently modified by Garrard to hold a fifth string of pearls, in case more pearls were to be added. Nobody can have too many pearls on their necks, can they?
Three Strand Pearl Bracelet
Part of the royal inheritance, is a gorgeous pearl bracelet that was worn by Princess Diana frequently. The bracelet was debuted by the Duchess of Cambridge during a royal tour in Germany in 2017.
Diamonds are a lifestyle. Pearls are a luxury. Gold is a statement. Meghan paired the simple butterfly studs with a just as simple gold bracelet. This bracelet also was part of Princess Diana’s collection.
Collingwood Pearl Earrings
Collingwood jewellers had given Princess Diana these beautiful pearl earrings. They were a wedding gift which she wore a month before marrying Prince Charles, and she continued to wear them frequently afterwards.
Kate Middleton donned royal inheritance from Princess Diana in 2017 when she attended a Spanish state banquet. The pearl earrings paired with a brooch gives a similar look to Princess Diana which Kate Middleton sported on numerous occasions. While it is simply a pearl that hangs down the ear just like a drop, the size of the pearls and its history is what gets people talking.
The royal family has been able to take classic and timeless royal jewels, and style them in distinct ways that have brought out the history and the grace of the family in modern times as well. The sophisticated yet fashionable feel of the royal jewels that have been inherited from Princess Diana, have modelled a distinguished look of elegance and a refined taste for the royal family as we know it today.
Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle have inspired looks that are both simple and extravagant for all kinds of occasions through jewelry inherited from Princess Diana.
Without a doubt, the style and look of the royal family is something that all can admire. Understandably, our obsession with the royal family may not end just there. Pretending that a hotel is your palace is definitely one way to go about it to feel like a part of the royal family, but another way is to indulge yourself in tasteful jewelry. Royal jewels may be a little tough to come by, but diamonds are a woman’s best friend, and they have the power to give you the royal family look in seconds.