Princess Diana jewellery ranked: The staggering value of late Princess’ most iconic jewelsDecember 1, 2021
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From tiaras to earrings, Princess Diana’s personal jewellery collection was certainly extensive. And following the Princess’ death, Prince William and Prince Harry’s respective wives Kate, Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle have frequently been pictured wearing their late mother-in-law’s gems, to the delight of royal fans. Express.co.uk spoke to Jim Tannahill of Suttons and Robertsons, one of London’s oldest pawnbrokers, about the origin and the estimated value of some of Diana’s best-known jewellery items.
Sapphire engagement ring – £400,000 to £1million
Princess Diana’s engagement ring is perhaps the most iconic of all royal engagement rings, and it now belongs to Kate, Duchess of Cambridge.
The stunning ring features a sapphire as its centrepiece rather than a traditional diamond, and the late Princess was thought to adore the sparkler.
Mr Tannahill told Express.co.uk: “The first significant piece of jewellery bought for Diana was her sapphire and diamond engagement ring which was chosen by the Princess from Garrard’s catalogue.
“But [the ring was] purported to have not sat well with the royals, who are believed to have felt she should have selected something rather more special for such a historical celebration.
“The iconic ring was left to William in Diana’s will and was famously given to Kate Middleton upon the couple’s engagement in 2010.”
Due to its incredible sentimental value, the Royal Family is unlikely to ever part with the famous ring, but if they did it would likely be worth a staggering sum.
Mr Tannahill added: “It has a market value in the region of £400,000 but given the extent of its fame, and known throughout the world, it would probably fetch well in excess of £1million, in the unlikely event it was ever put up for sale.”
Spencer Tiara – £200,000
The Spencer Tiara is a family heirloom, so it didn’t belong exclusively to the late Princess of Wales.
However, the tiara became closely associated with Diana following her decision to wear it at her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles, and at several royal events afterwards.
Mr Tannahill said: “Not all of Diana’s jewels were from her royal collection. Her own family heirlooms included the famous Spencer Tiara that she wore to her own wedding to set off her quintessential ‘Princess’ wedding gown created by the Emanuels.
“Made up of multiple parts from the former Lady Sarah Spencer’s jewellery collection, Garrards was commissioned to turn the jewels into the tiara, which we would value at around £200,000.”
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Aquamarine ring – £80,000
After her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996, Diana was spotted wearing a brand new pale blue sparkling ring on a few occasions.
Mr Tannahill explained: “A notable piece inherited by Prince Harry, and first worn publicly by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex, to their evening wedding celebrations, is the Princess’s stunning aquamarine ring.
“Created by Asprey’s for the Princess, it was allegedly commissioned to replace her engagement ring following her separation from Prince Charles, and fashioned from a 13-carat aquamarine stone that was a gift from her friend Lucia Flecha de Lima.
“This ring is worth in the region of £80,000, but again, given its history, would be anticipated to fetch in excess of this price at auction with a huge amount of interest from collectors of such historical pieces.”
Cartier watch – £2,000 to £15,000
Princess Diana frequently wore a Cartier watch, a design known for its classic elegance.
Mr Tannahill said: “Meghan was also lucky enough to be gifted Princess Diana’s gold Cartier Tank Francais watch which she is often seen interchanged with her own two-tone Tank watch that Meghan gifted to herself back in 2015.
“Diana also had a Cartier Tank Louis watch with a black alligator strap, that was originally gifted to Princess Diana by her beloved father Earl Spencer.
“These classic watches are very much seen as collector’s pieces with the design first being released in 1922.
“Indeed we occasionally have similar pre-loved items for sale which tend to fetch from £2,000 for the basic models to around £15,000 for a gold version depending on condition.”
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