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Reinventing Princess Diana’s jewellery: The Duchess of Cambridge at the BAFTAs

Plus, impressive (last minute) Valentine's date spots

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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How to pull off an heirloom with a complicated history

By Susie Rushton Deputy Editor, Luxury

The Duchess of Cambridge attends the Baftas<br>

The Duchess of Cambridge at the BAFTAs, but her earrings are no mere costume jewellery

Heirlooms are a wonderful idea in theory, but it’s not easy to wear another woman’s jewellery if she was as famous as Princess Diana. The red-carpet season started in earnest this week with the BAFTAs in London, and the Duchess of Cambridge obligingly swept into the Royal Albert Hall in a Grecian-style white Alexander McQueen dress - worn with major, glittering statement earrings.

As royal-watchers and gem geeks quickly identified, the diamond-and-pearl drop earrings had been a favourite of Diana’s. Like all of her jewellery collection they were bequeathed to her sons after her death.

Behind-scenes, the Duchess must have given this choice a little more thought than simply a blithe reference to her late mother-in-law’s greatest style hits. As our Jewellery Editor, Sarah Royce-Greensill notices, the Duchess has swapped out the huge South Sea pearls that originally dripped from the earrings in the 1990s, when Diana wore them on Royal trips to South Korea and to the Palace of Versailles.

Instead she has added smaller pearls, streamlining the design. The trick to wearing an heirloom - especially one which is freighted with meaning, not all of it happy - is to adapt it and let it evolve. Read more here

 

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Dreamy Valentine's-inspired luxuries to buy now

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Whatever your thoughts about the day itself, at the very least, Valentine's-inspired hues of pink and red make for an excellent colour palette. From fashion to accessories and homeware, check out the whole gallery .

 

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