Kim Kardashian recently scored a maaaaajor piece of royal history. TMZ reported that Kimberly just dropped $197,453 at an auction for the Attallah cross, which (for those of us not up to date on fancy royal jewels) is a giant amethyst-and-diamond cross once worn by Princess Diana.
Sooo, what do we know about this cross? According to Sotheby’s, the Attallah was one of Princess Diana’s favorite pieces and was made in the 1920s by court jewelry company Garrard. Diana wore the necklace to a charity gala in October 1987, pairing it with a Catherine Walker dress:
However, Diana didn’t actually own the cross. It was loaned to her by Garrard and was eventually acquired by Naim Attallah—one of the company’s chief execs who was also friends with Diana. Here’s an excerpt from the Sotheby’s catalogue describing their relationship:
“Diana’s relationship with Garrard was long-standing, having selected her infamous sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring from the then royal jeweler in 1981. Over the years, she would go on to collaborate with Garrard, borrowing her favorite amethyst-and-diamond cross on many more occasions, as recalled by Ramsay Attallah, whose father, Naim Attallah, CBE (1931 to 2021) was joint managing director and eventually group chief executive of Asprey & Garrard. It was under his patronage that Garrard saw continued growth and success, remaining crown jewelers until 2007. As good friends of the princess, Attallah acquired the cross shortly after her death and it has remained with the family, unworn, ever since.”
As for the cross itself, it’s in the fleurée style (which means there are “flowery design details”) and it features square-cut amethysts and circular-cut diamonds.
TBD when Kim will wear this, but the Met Gala is coming up…just saying.
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