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Princess Diana, wearing the iconic sapphire and diamond earrings.

Naomi Watts, who plays Princess Diana, wearing the replica of the sapphire and diamond earrings.

The sapphire and diamond earrings created by Chopard for the biopic Diana.
  Princess Diana's sapphire jewelry on display in soon-to-be-released movie

July 14, 2013

Scheduled for release in September is the biopic Diana, featuring the story of the late Princess Diana, the former wife of Prince Charles and mother to the heir of the British throne Prince William, and his younger brother Prince Harry. Unsurprisingly, meticulous attention has been paid to the clothes and jewelry worn by the royal, who in her lifetime was considered one the world's trendiest and most beautiful women.

The French jeweler Chopard was selected as the official jeweler of Diana, and in June the company revealed several of the items that are worn in the movie by Naomi Watts, the Australian actor who is playing the People's Princess.

Among the pieces created by Chopard are Diana's signature earrings, which were made from oval sapphires set with diamonds. They are particularly significant because they match her famous engagement ring.

The engagement ring, which was made by the royal jewelers Garrard and not Chopard, consisted of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire, set in 18-karat white gold. It was considered controversial because it bucked the tradition of a diamond engagement ring, but Diana later explained that she already had half a dozen diamond rings, so she opted for a sapphire.

After the princess' tragic death in a motor car accident in 1997, Princes William and Harry divided up part of her jewelry collection. Harry selected the engagement ring, but later gave it back to William so that he could give it as an engagement ring to his future bride, Catherine Middleton.

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