Princess Diana: Shop the original royal clothes – as seen in Spencer
Princess Diana was a great porter in a rich royal blue, and “Spencer” pays homage to Diana’s love for dark blue jewelry and matching clothing.
In February 1981, Prince Charles offered Lady Diana a sapphire engagement ring.
Diana herself chose the bewitching blue ring from Garrad’s existing catalog, against royal protocol, and was said to have been inspired by her mother’s engagement ring when choosing the beautiful gemstone.
During the revealing engagement photoshoot, Diana wore a cobalt blue Harrods suit out of the rack, matching her glorious ring.
The ring in question, now owned by Kate Middleton, is a 12k Ceylon blue sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds with an 18k white gold ring.
James Harris, diamond jewelry consultant at Diamonds Factory, estimates Lady Diana’s ring is worth between Â£ 300,000 and Â£ 700,000.
Diana also received a seven-row pearl necklace with a sapphire brooch from the Queen when she married Charles.
It has become one of her most iconic pieces and royal fans will likely have seen her photographed at President Reagan’s White House Gala in 1985, where she took John Travolta’s hand in a dance.
While Lady Diana’s jewelry is off-budget for many of us, sapphire rings and jewelry are already regaining popularity – and there will likely be more sapphire-inspired costume jewelry on the main street.
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