Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Saudi Royals' Gifts of Jewellery to British Royals

The Cambridge Lovers' Knot Tiara, worn by Queen Mary, Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Diana, and...

Though it is easy to become saturated with all things British Royal in the lead up to Prince William's wedding on April 29 to Kate Middleton, and in particular with the excuse to resurrect all things Diana, some of which are better left to rest in peace, my channel surfing did find the documentary, Princess Diana: Her Life in Jewels, interesting for the Saudi connections, and then for the other stunning jewellery gifts given to British Royals by other GCC leaders, notably the Emir of Qatar and the Sultan of Oman.

Princess Diana in Saudi Arabia, in 1986, Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage in Life

The King Faisal Diamond Necklace: A Gift to Queen Elizabeth II (1967); Loaned by Her to Princess Diana

The King Faisal necklace was made by jeweller Harry Winston, in a design resembling lace. It was given as King Faisal's gift to Queen Elizabeth on His state visit to England in 1967. She loaned it to Princess Diana on a number of occasions.

Princess Diana: Her Life in Jewels Part 2/5; Youtube playlist for the 5 parts. King Faisal's State Visit to England 1967 from 5:50; His gift of a diamond necklace to Queen Elizabeth II, worn by Princess Diana on a Royal Tour of Australia, on loan from the Queen, 5:57-6:44

Queen Elizabeth II wearing the King Faisal Necklace, with the Russian Kokoshnik Tiara, made as a gift from Lady Salisbury and the peeresses of the UK to Princess Alexandra who asked that it resemble a Russian girl's headdress, a kokoshnik.

Princess Diana wearing the King Faisal diamond necklace, on loan from Queen Elizabeth II, on Royal Tour in Australia (1983). Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS

The King Khalid Diamond Necklace: A Gift to Queen Elizabeth II (1979); Loaned by Her to Princess Diana

The King Khalid Diamond Necklace was also made by jeweller Harry Winston, as a sunburst design with round and pear-shaped diamonds. It was presented to Queen Elizabeth by King Khalid during her state visit to Saudi Arabia in 1979. Princess Diana wore it on loan, often.

Queen Elizabeth wearing the King Khalid Diamond Necklace at a London premiere.


Princess Diana, at a Royal Gala in London in 1982, wears the King Khalid Diamond Necklace given by the King to Queen Elizabeth on her state visit to Saudi Arabia in 1979, on loan from the Queen, and the pearl and diamond earrings that were a wedding gift from the Emir of Qatar to the Princess.

The Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite: Crown Prince Fahd to Princess Diana

Princess Diana: Her Life in Jewels Part 1/5; Youtube playlist for the 5 parts
Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite shown Part 1, 8:35 ff; Part 2, 0:00-0:30 (above).

From 'The Queen's Jewels' p.147 by Leslie Field, 1987:
"...The Princess of Wales's most magnificent wedding gift was a sapphire and diamond suite from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Made by Asprey, it consists of an enormous Burmese sapphire pendant set in a jagged sunray fringe of baguette diamonds and hung on a thin diamond necklace; a matching pair of earrings and ring; a two-row bracelet of brilliant-cut diamonds with a smaller version of the sapphire pendant as a centrepiece; and a wristwatch, the face set in the same diamond sunray fringe and the strap consisting of seven oval sapphires set in clusters of diamonds..."
"...The Princess often wears the necklace and earrings, and occasionally the bracelet, but she has used the stones from the watch and ring to make completely new pieces of jewellery. Four of the sapphire and diamond clusters from the watch strap were made into a pair of earrings, with two of the clusters as detachable pendant drops. The oval sapphire from the ring was set in the diamond sunray frame of the watch and is now the centrepiece of a wide choker of midnight-blue velvet backed with Velcro. On either side of the sapphire is a chain of small diamonds, three deep, which runs halfway round the choker. The Princess wore the choker as a headband on her official visit to Japan in 1986, at a State banquet hosted by the Emperor."


The original earring design made from the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite earrings,
and chandelier drop attachment made from the watch

Single earrings made from the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite watch: sapphire surrounded by 10 diamonds

Single earrings made from the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite watch: sapphire surrounded by 10 diamonds

Princess Diana's 21st birthday portrait: double earrings from the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite watch,
sapphire ovals surrounded by 10 diamonds, with added sapphire drop surrounded by 11 diamonds

Princess Diana wears earrings made from the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite watch,
and a headband made from the suite's bracelet, to Emperor Hirohito's banquet. Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS


Princess Diana wears the earrings from the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite,
and a choker made from the suite's bracelet to a formal event,
the dress is in a dark blue velvet and lace. Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS

Princess Diana wears the earrings, diamond and gold chain, and sapphire and diamond pendant,
from the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite, along with the Spencer family tiara.
At a state dinner, Brisbane, Queensland Australia, April 1993. Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS

Another photo from the same event, showing the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite bracelet as well,
and the family order of Queen Elizabeth pin. 
Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS

In Melbourne in 1988, wearing the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite earrings made from the watch, the diamond and gold chain with the sapphire and diamond pendant, and the bracelet. Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS

Princess Diana at a reception in Washington DC, 1996, wearing the Saudi Sapphire and Diamond Suite earrings, 
bracelet (R wrist) and watch (L wrist). Photo: AFP/Getty Images in Life

Photo: Robert REEDER/AFP/Getty Images

Arriving at the same reception (Photo AP)


Princess Diana wearing the chain of brilliant-cut diamonds set in solid gold that was part of the sapphire and diamond suite she received as a wedding gift from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the detachable sapphire pendant removed and replaced with the diamond Prince of Wales feathers pendant given to her by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, as an engagement present, with its detachable emerald drop, in the style of Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the original recipient on her marriage to the future King Edward VII (in 1863).

Gifts of Jewellery to British Royals from Other Gulf Rulers

Princess Diana: Her Life in Jewels Part 3/5; Youtube playlist for the 5 parts. Royal Tour to the Gulf, 1986. In Saudi Arabia with King Fahd, 3:40-4:45; 4:46-5:22 in Qatar, and in Oman; 5:23ff a comparison of the Middle Eastern jewels with the Maharajah jewels given to George V and Queen Mary; 6:21ff the crescent moon jewels from the Sultan of Oman; 7:37ff dancing in Melbourne wearing the Saudi sapphires and diamonds; 8:01ff wearing the Emir of Qatar earrings in Pakistan; 8:40ff wearing the King Faisal Diamond Necklace

The Emir of Qatar Earrings

Princess Diana wearing the chain of brilliant-cut diamonds set in solid gold that was part of the sapphire and diamond suite she received as a wedding gift from the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, the detachable sapphire pendant removed and replaced with the diamond Prince of Wales feathers pendant given to her by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, as an engagement present; also wearing the earrings that were a wedding gift to her from the Emir of Qatar, and the Spencer tiara.

Princess Diana wearing the Emir of Qatar earrings with a pearl choker, 
set with the sapphire brooch given to her by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Omani Suite

Princess Diana wearing the Omani crescent earrings and necklace in Germany, 1987. Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS

Princess Diana wearing the Omani crescent earrings and necklace, in Sydney, Australia. Image: © Tim Graham/CORBIS

Your comments, thoughts, impressions?

*Photos and information for the captions for most images of Princess Diana from: dianasjewels.net

Princess Diana at a banquet, Saudi Arabia, 1986, wearing the Cambridge Lovers' Knot Tiara.
Photo: Anwar Hussein/WireImage in Life

2 comments:

oby said...

OMG! This post is about every woman's dream! Oooooh thanks so much.

reezal said...

I like the article. The jeweleries of previous time were very beautiful. The royal family were fond of ornaments.

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