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The Iconic Jewels from Princess Diana's Collection That Prince Harry Could Give Meghan Markle on Their Wedding Day

Royal grooms traditionally give their brides a special piece of jewelry as a lucky charm.
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All weddings are filled with a certain amount of tradition, but for the royal family, customs are more than just a matter of lip service—they're an essential part of the ceremony. From the bride's bouquet to the guest list, everything is carefully dictated not just by the happy couple's tastes, but also by centuries of history. One of those traditions, of course, is for the royal groom to gift his new bride a special piece of jewelry on their wedding day as something of a lucky charm: Prince Philip gave the Queen a diamond bracelet made from stones taken from his mother's tiara, and it's thought that William gave Kate a set of earrings refashioned from a pair in Diana's own collection. Though we may never receive confirmation about Harry's gift to Meghan, considering that he's already included some of Diana's diamonds in her engagement ring it hardly seems like a stretch to imagine one of Diana's iconic pieces going to the bride-to-be.

In favor of that fantasy, we've rounded up a selection of Diana's special, not-yet-spoken-for pieces that we could someday see as part of Meghan's married wardrobe.

THE SAUDI SAPPHIRE SET


A wedding present from the Saudi royal family, this set featured a diamond necklace, bracelet, and earrings as well as a watch and a ring, all decorated with deep blue sapphires to complement Diana's 12-carat sapphire engagement ring. Though the engagement sapphire itself went to Kate, Harry gifting another of Diana's sapphires to his new bride would be a beautiful way to keep the family tradition alive.

THE ORIGINAL PEARL CHOKER


The Princess owned dozens of pearl necklaces over the years, but this piece—a three-strand pearl choker with a flower-shaped clasp that Diana received as a gift from her family on her 18th birthday—remained one of her favorites. Both of Diana's older sisters received matching necklaces on their 18th birthdays as well, meaning this piece is already steeped in family tradition.

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THE SAPPHIRE BROOCH NECKLACE


Early in her marriage, Diana was given a stunning sapphire brooch by the Queen Mother, which she later had fashioned into a necklace featuring seven strands of pearls. The piece would go on to become one of her signature jewelry looks.

THE ELEVEN-STRAND PEARL CHOKER


Made of over 900 pearls paired with columns of diamonds and rubies, the eleven-strand choker was of Diana's go-to pieces. She was especially fond of wearing the necklace to the theater and at film premiers, which could make it a meaningful gift for actress Meghan.

THE RUBY-AND-SAPPHIRE EARRINGS


Long before mix-and-match statement studs would become a red carpet must-have, Diana set the trend with the pair of pearl earrings which feature a large blue sapphire on one side and a red ruby on the other. This timeless set could be an ideal choice for Meghan, given her fashion-forward taste.

DIANA'S OWN DESIGNS


Ever the visionary, Diana had the sapphire ring from the Saudi set fashioned into the centerpiece for a choker which she also wore as a headband. Likewise, the diamond-studded sapphires from the set's watchband were remade into two pairs of earring, one of which William gave to Kate shortly after their engagement. If the other set goes to Meghan, it would bring a stunning symmetry to Diana's sons' marriages.

More: Kate Middleton Can't Live Without These 10 Pieces of Jewelry

THE BOUNTY OF PEARLS


This combination piece—a mashup of one of Diana's beloved eight-strand chokers and a pearl-drop necklace that the Princess assembled herself—captures both Diana's timeless elegance and her willingness to take a risk; a fitting choice for Harry's bold bride-to-be.

THE ART DECO EMERALD NECKLACE


Originally gifted to Queen Mary by the Ladies of India in 1911, this daring emerald choker was given to Diana on a lifetime loan by Queen Elizabeth II shortly after her wedding to Charles. Though it was returned to the Queen's collection after Diana's death, Her Majesty could choose to allot it to Meghan in a similar arrangement. (This one isn't technically Harry's to give, but we think it would make a particularly beautiful piece for Meghan.)

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THE CRESCENT SET


A gift from the Sultan of Oman, this modern set includes crescent-shaped diamond and sapphire earrings, along with a matching necklace and bracelet. With his mother's flair for jewelry design, Harry could have the contemporary shapes fit into a brand new piece that would offset Meghan's understated yet chic aesthetic.

THE FLORAL PEARL EARRINGS


Featuring white diamonds in a floral shape and cream-colored pearls, these earrings could be a fitting wedding gift from Harry to Meghan, since the set was originally one of the more that 12,000 presents Diana and Charles received in honor of their marriage. Reportedly gifted by the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani, the earrings were something Diana returned to many times over the years, including on several occasions when she was pregnant with Prince William.

THE SPENCER TIARA


Though there is certainly no shortage of spectacular tiaras for members of the royal family to choose from, this one holds a special place in Diana's history. Plucked not from the Queen's collection but from Diana's own family's jewels, the Princess boldly opted for this topper instead of Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara when she married Charles in 1981. Also not a piece that's Harry's to give—this diadem belongs to the Spencer family—it's one Meghan could certainly borrow it on the big day, should she so choose.

THE DRAMATIC PEARL DROPS


Pearls were Diana's favorite gemstone, and the South Sea cultured pearls featured in these stunning earrings were exceptional. Known for their size, smoothness, and silvery-white hue, these pearls would become a favorite of Diana's, and she wore them interchangeably between several different settings.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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