|Lady Delia Spencer and Sir Sidney Peel at their wedding in 1914 (Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)|
British outlets are running stories right now trumpeting the sale of a tiara “owned by Princess Diana’s family,” complete with pictures of the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Here’s the scoop on the real story behind the tiara that was sold in the Netherlands on Thursday.
More than a century old, the tiara features a geometric design typical of the first quarter of the twentieth century. Press from TEFAF, the art fair where the tiara was displayed and sold, described the piece as follows: “Set with more than 800 old cut diamonds, estimated to weigh a total of 48 carats, the tiara can be transformed into a choker necklace and bracelet.”
|Sidney and Delia are swarmed by people as they depart from their wedding (Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)|
The tiara was a wedding gift to Lady Delia Spencer from her father, the 6th Earl Spencer. (For those keeping score, that means that Lady Delia was Diana’s great-aunt.) Delia married Sir Sidney Peel, grandson of Victorian Prime Minister Robert Peel, in February 1914. As you can see in the photo above, their wedding in Northamptonshire drew major attention from the public.
Lady Peel’s tiara was offered at TEFAF by Hancocks of London, a company that deals in antique jewelry and also sells new pieces. Some of the famous royal and noble pieces made by the jeweler include the amazing Devonshire Parure and the diamond fringe owned by Princess Louise, Princess Royal and Duchess of Fife. The Peel Tiara reportedly fetched $225,000 at this particular sale.