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The Cambridge Emerald Choker

Two Princesses of Wales, one magnificent choker.

The Princess of Wales recently delighted Royal watchers and jewellery enthusiasts. She wore an iconic jewel last seen on Diana, the late Princess of Wales: the Cambridge Emerald Choker.

The Cambridge Emerald Choker necklace is part of the Delhi Durbar Parure. In the beginning, it featured 16 Cambridge emeralds. Then, in the 1920s, Queen Mary asked Garrard to remodel the choker.

The jewel became an Art Deco creation featuring 14 emeralds and brilliant-cut diamonds mounted on platinum.

The Cambridge Emerald Choker was given to Princess Diana at the time of her marriage to Prince Charles in 1981.

Princess Diana initially traditionally styled the choker (around the neck). She, however, sent fashion shockwaves and made headlines when she debuted the choker as a bandeau across her forehead during an event in Melbourne while on a Royal tour in Australia. Once again, she left her mark in style, creating a new trend.

Princess Diana loved this choker, and she wore it on numerous occasions:

The current Princess of Wales debuted the Cambridge Emerald Choker in Boston for the Earthshot Prize Awards Ceremony (2 December).

Being a “green carpet”, the Princess followed the eco-friendly guidelines for the evening and wore a rented dress by Solace London, which costs £74 a night to rent on the platform HURR.

To match the choker and the dress, the Princess wore a pair of diamond and emerald earrings by Asprey (these are Princess’ personal property).

The Cambridge Emerald Choker was last seen on Princess Diana when she attended the centenary gala dinner at the Tate Gallery, in London, on her birthday – July 1, 1997.

After Diana’s tragic death, this and other heirlooms went back to the Royal Collection. It has been extraordinary to see this fabulous Art Deco jewel coming out of the Vaults – can’t wait to see more.

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