The symbolic reason Princess Anne always wears sapphires and pearls

The gemstones are a jewellery staple for The Princess Royal

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Princess Anne is often spotted wearing stunning sapphire and pearl jewellery pieces but there is a more symbolic reason why she opts for these gemstones than just their gorgeous look.

Princess Anne is an undisputed style icon. From her recent bold tartan skirt and 'very trendy shades' combo to the layered whatever-the-weather look she stepped out in last week, we can rely on The Princess Royal to deliver style inspiration each time she steps out. 

But while Anne is always a fan of pushing out the boat and trying new looks, when it comes to her jewellery there are certain pieces she goes back to time and time again. 

Jewellery expert Aimee Howlett from Diamonds Factory shared that while Princess Anne wears a whole host of different jewellery, there are two gemstones that she particularly enjoys wearing and they have a very symbolic meaning.

She shared, “Throughout the years, Princess Anne has sported some iconic jewellery pieces, from diamond encrusted tiaras to delicate brooches. But, the Princess has notably been fond of two gemstones in particular." 

The rocks that Anne favours? Sapphires and pearls.

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"It's no surprise that sapphires are one of the Princess’s favourite gemstones. Both of her engagement rings have featured this stone, and it can be said that Anne was the first Royal to break tradition here, with bright gemstone rings being rare amongst Royals before her first engagement. 

"She is also regularly seen wearing her sapphire brooch, which is believed to be a copy of a piece Prince Albert gave to Queen Victoria, featuring a halo of diamonds around the centre stone."

The gemstones themselves do more than just look pretty encased in silver and gold, they actually have a deep and meaningful history dating back to ancient times.

Howlett explained "The significance of sapphires, and one reason as to why the Princess is regularly seen wearing these gemstones, dates back to ancient times. Sapphires were believed to protect wearers from harm and warn off feelings of jealousy, and so became a common gemstone to wear by people of power. 

"Sapphires have since become a traditional gemstone adopted by Royalty, with Princess Anne having a big influence on this, as we have seen many other Royals follow suit, including Princess Diana and Princess Kate whose engagement rings feature sapphire stones. 

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"Pearls are another gemstone Princess Anne is renowned for wearing and has recently inherited the late Queen’s three pearl strand necklace."

The Queen's iconic peal necklace was a gift from her father, King George VI, and it quickly became a staple piece for the late monarch. With a whopping estimated value of up to £1 million, though the sentimental value is obviously more precious, Princess Anne is now the proud owner of the stunning piece and has been spotted sporting the necklace on a few occasions since her mother passed, including at this year's Royal Ascot. 

Anne loved pearls even before inheriting her mother's pride and joy and is regularly spotted in her Grima pearl earrings, a piece of jewellery that she wore on her very first royal tour back in the 1960s. 

Howlett said, "Representing purity, pearls are one-of-kind, with no gem ever being the exact same. The significance of pearls in relation to the monarchy is the belief that they signify wealth and peace.

"However, more specifically, pearls have become a symbol of grief within the royal family, with the gemstone being worn at many funerals. With Anne inheriting the Queen’s most favoured piece of jewellery, it indicates a sense of remembrance and love when the piece is worn.”

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse
Freelance news writer

Charlie Elizabeth Culverhouse is royal news and entertainment writer. She began her freelance journalism career after graduating from Nottingham Trent University with an MA in Magazine Journalism, receiving an NCTJ diploma, and earning a First Class BA (Hons) in Journalism at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute. She has also worked with Good To, BBC Good Food and The Independent.