With Princes William and Harry in the public eye now more than ever — thanks, in large part, to the popularity of their wives — we can expect to see a lot more of the late Diana, Princess of Wales’ personal jewellery collection in public once again.
Hawk-eyed royal watchers have been keeping tabs on Diana’s jewellery since her untimely death in 1997. Nary a bauble, earring or bracelet has been worn in public by either of her sons’ wives without drawing considerable media attention.
Her engagement ring — a diamond and sapphire stunner — has been on Kate’s finger since William proposed to her in 2010. Meanwhile, Meghan has worn an aquamarine ring on several occasions — including her wedding day — that Diana wore in place of her engagement ring after the collapse of her marriage to Prince Charles in 1996.
Diana was originally gifted the aquamarine square-cut piece by her friend Lucia Flecha de Lima, the wife of the former ambassador of Brazil to the U.K.
Lucia, who died last year at 76, “bought it to replace the engagement ring Diana no longer wanted to wear once her marriage ended,” journalist (and longtime Diana friend) Richard Kay writes in the Daily Mail. “The stone came from the same mine in de Lima’s native Brazil which has provided aquamarines for the Queen.”
Meghan first wore the ring in public on her wedding day as she and Harry headed to their reception at Frogmore House in Windsor later that night.