Top 5 jewellery statement pieces
- Published:3rd March 2017
A few weeks have gone by since Valentine’s day. Now I don’t know about you but I didn’t receive any fine statement piece, perhaps they are saving for my birthday…? So if you’re like me and are still waiting on that vintage style pearl necklace, just to get you in the mood before it arrives by courier in a box with velvet ribbon I’m going to look into the most iconic pieces of jewellery in history.
Princess Diana's engagement ring
Diana’s 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ring although beautiful was an unusual choice for a Princess-to-be. The ring was chosen from a jewellery collection and not custom made or especially unique. People scoffed at this decision as in reality anyone could purchase this ring to the point that it was nicknamed ‘the commoner’s sapphire’. After Diana’s tragic death the ring was chosen as a memento by Prince Harry, whilst William chose a Cartier watch. The brothers later swapped and this was the ring that Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with.
The Hope Diamond
This mysterious jewel is one of the most famous jewels in the world and dates back almost 400 years. This necklace provided some eerie and questionable stories, it was said to be cursed causing death to anyone who wore or even touched it. The story goes the diamond was originally stolen from the eye of Indian Idol Sita to earn money for gambling. More likely is that those crazy Victorians made up these stories to increase the value of the necklace, I mean who doesn’t want to own a giant cursed diamond!
La Penegrina pearl
This pearl necklace gains its name from the Spanish word for ‘Pilgrim’, the reason being, that the pear-shaped pearl was discovered by an African slave in the Pearl Island off the gulf in Panama in the 16th century. At the time this was the largest pearl ever found and it is still one of the largest perfectly symmetrical pear shaped pearls in the world. The slave was rewarded for finding the pearl with freedom and the pearl was shipped to the Spanish royal family. The pearl was most recently owned by Elizabeth Taylor until her death when it was sold for $11 million.
Grace Kelly’s engagement ring
Icon, actress and Princess Grace Kelly was proposed to by Prince Rainer of Monaco originally with a Cartier eternity band of rubies and diamonds, which also happened to be the colours of the Monegasque flag. However, the Prince reconsidered his decision and changed the ring to a more Hollywood statement piece style of big=better. By marrying the Prince Miss Kelly would be giving up her relatively short but very successful film career and becoming a full time Princess. Her last performance was in the film ‘High Society’ where the ring was immortalised in a scene where Grace is sat on the corner of a silk bedsheet polishing the ginormous diamond.
Wallis Simpson, lover and later wife of King Edward VIII (he later abdicated the throne for her) had an insatiable taste for fine jewellery. In 1952 the Duchess of Windsor collaborated with Cartier jeweller Jeanne Toussaint to make the panther bracelet. The design was unique and had to be carefully constructed to ensure the bracelet would curve and fit around the wrist and not just stay fixed and rigid. The bracelet broke records in 2010 as he most expensive bracelet to have ever sold at Sotheby’s auction house selling for a sweet £4.5million.
So remember to pass this blog on to your S.O and maybe if they start saving now by 2080 you might be able to collaborate with Claire’s Accessories for a tabby cat bangle! The other option of course is to get a move on and find Prince Harry before he’s off the market. Happy dreaming guys!
And if you liked this blog why not check out our blog by jewellery designer Katie Mullally here; https://www.alicespig.com/blog/wishbone