“Brilliant cut diamond & marquise diamond scroll motif center with South Sea cultured pearl five stone & marquise diamond fringe drop, to a brilliant cut diamond two row collet back chain tapering to a single row mounted in platinum claw set, with an integral box clasp. It contains:
5 matching cultured pearls 12mm
11 marquise diamonds 7.71 carat
3 marquise diamonds 0.88 carat
164 diamonds 42.35 carat
A pair of brilliant cut diamond and marquise diamond fancy cluster top South Sea cultured pearl drop earrings, mounted in platinum, claw set, to peg and clip fittings
2 matching cultured pearls 12mm
6 marquise diamonds 1.87 carat
30 diamonds 9.38 carat
Princess Diana may be gone, but she’s certainly not forgotten.
The daring black taffeta gown that she wore for her first public appearance as Prince Charles fiancée, fetched a whopping £192,000 (about $276,621) at Kerry Taylor Auctions in London yesterday. Bought by Chilean fashion museum Fundación Museo De La Moda, the dress — designed by Elizabeth Emanuel and David Emanuel — was sold along with an original copy of the invoice, fashion sketches, and photographs of Di wearing it.
“As the weeks before her wedding progressed, Diana lost so much weight that she returned the gown to the Emanuels to have it taken in,” explained auctioneer Kerry Taylor at yesterday’s sale. “The alterations required were so drastic that they decided it would be easier to re-make a smaller version for her. They kept the original and forgot about it only re-discovering it quite recently.”
A bold choice at the time for its color — which was reserved for funerals in royal circles — and its somewhat revealing nature, the strapless dress established Princess Diana as a budding fashion icon.
Jorge Yarur, founder of the museum that bought the dress, said that upon his death, Princess Diana’s dress will be returned home, donated to Kensington Palace.