Shopping with Diana: Metropolitan Museum of Art Venus Earrings

I’m diverting attention from Kate’s jewelry collection to talk about a somewhat famous pair of earrings: Princess Diana’s Venus earrings. She was photographed wearing her Venus earrings starting in 1990. Among Diana fans, these earrings are quite famous.

During one of my frequent Ebay searches, I was astounded to come across a seller offering a pair of vintage (stamped 1964) earrings for just about 50% less than the museum’s retail price. The seller was not even aware of the earrings’ true moniker or their history as a favored pair of a British royal’s jewelry collection. It was fortunate for me, because if the seller had named them as the Venus earrings, I do not think I would have had the chance to buy them. They would have been plucked up by someone else.

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The earrings are made with simulated glass pearls and gold overlay. The posts are gold-filled.

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They are 1.25 inches long. Here they are next to a bottle of OPI nail polish to give you an idea of how big they are.

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This is their appearance from the front.

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The pearls are somewhat large but not too heavy. In fact, I can barely feel them on when I wear them. I think they are big enough to be semi-statement earrings but still demure enough for everyday use.

I purchased mine for $32. The Metropolitan Museum of Art sells them for $65. 

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2 thoughts on “Shopping with Diana: Metropolitan Museum of Art Venus Earrings

  1. Your blog post is so interesting. In the 1980s I purchased the same earrings from the MMA. They cost about $250.00 . The description was that the pearl was made of glass, but the metal was 14K and was overlaid with 22K. When I received them I misread the enclosed description thinking they were not 14K and sent them back. The MMA then returned them to me say, yes! they were actually 14K under the 22K coating. Its nice that they are still popular… I can see why they are not longer sold in 14k.

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