Jewelry pieces are used primarily for accessorizing, but others believe that they’re not just for style purposes, but for function as well. The refined skills of the jewelers who make custom jewelry and turned rough gemstones into exceptional ornaments cannot be denied. They’re quality investments pieces that may also serve as a symbol of the wearer’s social status.
That is why it isn’t surprising to know that many of the world’s most powerful and influential women own an impressive collection of jewelry pieces, many of them custom jewelry, Utah experts say. Here are three of those women with the most enviable jewelry collection:
Queen Elizabeth II
The collection of the longest reigning British monarch is so extensive it has its own special room – one that’s as big as an ice skating rink. Excluding the British Crown Jewels, this queen’s personal jewelry collection is estimated to be worth $57 million, consists mostly of personal gifts. Yes, the queen has generous friends. All of these are locked safely inside the Buckingham Palace.
Diana, Princess of Wales
One of the most iconic of all the famous Diana jewels was the late princess’ engagement ring. Chosen by Diana herself, it was such a rare occasion for a royal to choose a jewelry item that anyone from the public can buy. It was straight out of a catalog! Talk about “anyone can be a princess!” This blue engagement ring is now in the finger of another style icon, the Duchess of Cambridge, Diana’s daughter-in-law.
Like Queen Elizabeth II, the jewelry collection of one of the greatest screen actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age are mostly gifts. “Liz” received the 69.42-carat Taylor-Burton Diamond in pear shape and the the 33.19-carat Krupp diamond from her on-and off-husband, actor Richard Burton. He also gave her a heart-shaped yellow diamond – Shah Jahan’s gift to his wife, Mumtaz Mahal in 1621. This lady inspired one of India’s treasured wonders, the Taj Mahal.
Truly, gems and jewelry reflect the status of the person wearing them, and the more custom it is, the higher the status in society.