Princess Di necklace goes under the gavel

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Guernseys sells Diana jewels, valued between $150,000 and $250,000.

A diamond pearl necklace, worn by Princess Diana to a performance of Swan Lake, is to be auctioned buy Guernseys’ auction house, on September 24.

The piece will appear along with a matching pair of earrings, which were still being fabricated at the time of her death. Together, the suite possesses an estimated value of $150,000 to $250,000.

The necklace, created by The Crown Jeweller and Garrard, contains a brilliant cut diamond and marquise diamond scroll motif centre with a South Sea cultured pearl five stone and marquise diamond fringe drop. A brilliant cut diamond two row collet backchain tapers to a single row and is mounted in platinum, claw set, with an integral box clasp. The piece features five matching cultured pearls, 11 marquise diamonds at 7.72 carats, three marquise diamonds at 0.88 carats and164 diamonds at 42.3 carats.

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A photograph of the Princess wearing the necklace to a performance of Swan Lake was selected by People Magazine for the cover of its Yearbook 1998, which included a 10-page memorial article titled ‘Goodbye, Diana’. People Magazine also used a similar photograph of Diana, from the same evening, on the cover of its December 1997 issue, titled ‘The 25 Most Intriguing People of the Year’.

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) will also be auctioned at the event, titled Iconice Objects and Documents at Auction. The earrings contain two matching cultured pearl and six marquise diamonds.

The auction will take place on September 24, between 10am and 7pm, at The Park Avenue Armory,
643 Park Avenue, New York.

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