Why Princess Anne’s Grima pearl earrings are so special, being worn everywhere from her first ever royal tour to Prince Philip’s funeral

Princess Anne’s Grima pearl earrings aren’t the most valuable in her collection, but there’s a touching reason she favors them

Princess Anne's Grima pearl earrings show how she places family above all else
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Anne, the Princess Royal, has plenty of fine jewelry to choose from. Not only does she have access to her mother, The Queen’s brooches, but she’s built up quite the collection of her own stylish, subtle and sophisticated pieces, in line with her typical style. However, there’s one pair of pearl earrings which have been a favorite of Anne’s since her very first royal tour.

Princess Anne has always had her own style, something which reflects her nature. She’s sporty, she’s direct and she’s tireless – and that’s how she’s defended her title as the hardest working royal year-after-year.

Princess Anne’s star brooch is one of her favorites, worn regularly and said to carry its own significance. However, there’s another piece of jewelry which has served Anne the longest – her pearl earrings.

Princess Anne wearing her Grima pearl earrings

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Who gave Princess Anne her pearl earrings?

Anne was gifted her earrings by her parents, the Queen and Prince Philip.

The earrings combine gold, pearl and diamonds in a modern leaf design, and have been in regular rotation for the Princess Royal since the 1960s.

Despite not being the most valuable piece across the Royal Family’s jewelry collection, Anne’s loyalty to her family can be seen in how often she chooses to wear the earrings gifted to her by her parents.

She has worn the earrings throughout some of her most important milestones, including at her wedding to Timothy Laurence in 1992, at her late father’s funeral and during the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.  

Princess Anne wore the Grima pearl earrings on her wedding day

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Who designed Princess Anne’s pearl earrings?

Anne’s pearl earrings, debuted on her first ever royal tour, were designed by legendary jewelry designer, Andrew Grima.

The Anglo-Italian master of jewelry had clients including Jacqueline Kennedy, Princess Margaret and other members of the Royal Family.

Grima’s reputation in the jewelry industry is unparalleled. For example, he was the only jeweler to win the Duke of Edinburgh Prize for Elegant Design and won 13 De Beers Diamonds International Awards - more than any other jeweler in history.

Princess Anne wearing her Grima pearl earrings to daughter Zara Tindall's wedding

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Max Stone, managing director of luxury jeweler Steven Stone said of Anne’s earrings, “Designed by Andrew Grima, Princess Anne’s Grima Pearl Earrings constitute gold, pearl, and diamonds in a modern leaf design.”

“Gifted to her by the Queen and Prince Philip in the late 1960’s, the earrings are one of Princess Anne’s longest serving pieces of jewelry and have huge sentimental value. Worn frequently at public appearances, the Princess most notably wore them on her first royal tour as an adult, in Australia when she was with her Mother at just nineteen years old, to her wedding to Timothy Laurence in 1992 and to Prince Phillip’s funeral in 2021.”

“The retail price for a pair of earrings like Princess Anne’s would be at the top end of $3,600.”

Jack Slater
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