Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings
The Princess of Wales, Catherine, first wore Princess Diana’s Collingwood Pearl and Diamond Earrings in July 2017 at the Spanish State banquet. The earrings were a gift to The then Princess of Wales, Diana, from the company Collingwood (Collingwood was the family jeweller of the Spencer Family) at her wedding in 1981, hence the name Collingwood earrings.
The earrings feature a very sleek and elegant design, a pearl in the shape of a drop hanging from diamond suspenders. Each diamond suspender is attached to a diamond stud at the top.
A closer look at the Collingwood Pearl and Diamond earrings.
Diana first wore the elegant earrings in June 1981, a month before her wedding, at a banquet given at Claridge’s hotel for King Khalid of Saudi Arabia
And then she famously wore them in July 1981 on her wedding day with her going away outfit. Reportedly the family jewellers wanted to gift Diana a set consisting of these earrings and a matching necklace. But they end up giving just the earrings after the Royal intervention that believed the gift would be too extravagant. Lady Diana wore the necklace at the banquet in June 1981 (shown in the pictures above).
Lady Diana has worn the earrings famously with Queen Mary’s Lover’s Knot tiara many times. The combination of the tiara pearls and the pearls in earrings has such similarities that most of the time they look like a single set.
The timeless classic Earrings came back almost after 23 years in 2017 at the Spanish Banquet with Lover’s Knot tiara and The Queen’s Ruby and Diamond Floral Bandeau Necklace. The Queen loaned the Earrings and tiara to Catherine for a lifetime.
Since then Catherine has worn them many times including the Centenary of Passchendaele in 2017, 2017 Annual Festival of Remembrance, Queen’s Platinum Wedding Anniversary celebration in 2017, 2017 Diplomatic Reception, a black-tie dinner in Sweden in 2018, 2018 Netherlands State Banquet, 2018 Diplomatic Reception.
The beautiful diamond and pearl earrings have proven themself to be unique, classic and timeless again and again during the lifetime of their original owner, Lady Diana and now Diana’s daughter-in-law, The new Princess of Wales, Catherine. Initially, Catherine used to wear them on special occasions only but now the earrings have become one of her go-to Royal Jewel pieces.
Catherine chose them for one of her 40th birthday portraits in January 2022.
Most recently we saw, The Princess of Wales wearing the earrings at Westminster Abbey for the service of Reception of The late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin.