Iconic jewels and the women who have worn them

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

After the former first lady Jackie Kennedy Onassis was diagnosed with cancer in 1994, she decided to auction off a number of her jewellery pieces. Among the items put under the hammer by Sotheby’s was this triple-strand faux-pearl necklace. The piece – best known from a photo of JFK Jr affectionately tugging at the strands – was estimated to bring in between US$500 and $700 (up to Dh2,500). Instead, the single item sold for an astounding $211,500 (Dh776,800), while the total auction garnered an impressive $34.46 million (Dh126.6m). While Kennedy Onassis owned a number of pearl necklaces, this particular piece was said to be her favourite and the one she wore most often. Believed to have been inherited from her mother, the necklace features faux pearls – a popular trend among the wealthy at the time – and the strands were set in the same manner as those owned by Coco Chanel. By allowing a space between the inner strand and the outer two, the pearls lie comfortably on the neck without lumping, a design style that has eventually come to be known as Channeling.

Grace Kelly

When Prince Rainier III first proposed to Grace Kelly, he did so with a Cartier eternity band of rubies and diamonds. But when he saw other starlets in Hollywood sporting flashier pieces, he quickly reconsidered his original offering. The new ring, also by Cartier, would feature a 10.5-carat, emerald-cut diamond, flanked by two baguettes. The gifting of the ring would not only signify the start of their 26-year marriage but a long-standing relationship between Princess Grace and Cartier. It is for this reason that Cartier was the jeweller of choice to recreate some of the princess's most iconic pieces for Olivier Dahan's film Grace of Monaco.

Princess Diana

When Lady Diana married Charles, Prince of Wales, in 1981, she would sport, on the first of many occasions, the Spencer Tiara. A Spencer family heirloom that is said to date back to the 1800s, the diamond and silver tiara features different elements created by various jewellers over the years. In 1919, the centre element was a wedding present from Lady Sarah Spencer to Lady Cynthia Hamilton, wife of Albert, Viscount Althorp, Diana’s grandfather. The centrepiece would eventually be remounted to add four matching pieces in 1937. The tiara is often mistaken as a royal item because of the frequency with which Diana wore it. As it was only on loan to the princess while she remained part of the Windsor family, the tiara went back to Diana’s father following her divorce and was passed on to her brother. For a time it was on display as part of a travelling exhibit on Diana’s life and is meant to eventually make its way back to the vaults at Althorp.

Elizabeth Taylor

While shooting Cleopatra in Rome in 1962, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton took a stroll to Bvlgari's flagship store. Burton would frequently buy Taylor lavish jewellery and Bvlgari was one of the her favourites, leading Burton to quip: "I introduced Liz to beer, she introduced me to Bvlgari." On this occasion, Taylor was presented with two emerald necklaces. After trying both on several times, Taylor opted for the smaller of the two: an emerald and diamond brooch suspended from an emerald and diamond necklace, with the emeralds hailing from Colombia and Zimbabwe. In a 2012 Christie's auction held in New York, the necklace sold for $6.13m (Dh22.5m). The sale was part of a larger collection featuring a number of Taylor's favourite pieces and would set a new world auction record of $137,235,675 (Dh504m), toppling the $50,281,887 (Dh184.7) amassed for the Duchess of Windsor collection, which was sold in 1987 at Sotheby's Geneva.

Queen Victoria

The day before Queen Victoria’s wedding, Prince Albert presented her with a large, oblong sapphire brooch set in gold and surrounded by 12 round diamonds. The piece, named Prince Albert’s Sapphire Brooch or Queen Victoria’s Wedding Brooch, was worn on her wedding day and frequently thereafter until Albert’s death. In her will, the queen left a number of pieces to the Crown, including a pair of stud earrings, a diamond necklace and earrings set, and the Sapphire brooch. Queen Elizabeth II herself has often been photographed wearing the stunning piece. The brooch was not the only piece of jewellery gifted to Queen Victoria by her beloved Albert over the course of their marriage. An emerald and diamond tiara – created in 1845 by Joseph Kitching for £1,150 (Dh6,200) – was one of the more memorable items. Unlike the sapphire brooch, however, Victoria did not designate this piece to the Crown. Instead, it remains in the hands of her descendants.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is known for her chic yet simple wardrobe choices, usually consisting of monochrome or all black. It’s no surprise, then, that the Hollywood actress chooses to wear an equally understated, though no less chic, timepiece – most frequently The Cartier Tank Louis. It is, incidentally, the same timepiece favoured by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Louis Cartier himself, adding a historical element to the already classic piece. The watch itself features a rectangular frame in 18-carat gold with a circular-grained crown and sapphire cabochon. The understated Cartier Tank Louis also includes a 057-calibre quartz movement, silver-grained dial, blued-steel sword-shaped hands and alligator-skin strap. Jolie is also known to own a number of other classic timepieces, including a Chanel Premiere Ladies and a Patek Philippe Minute Repeater, a surprise wedding gift from Brad Pitt.


The flights
Emirates, Etihad and Malaysia Airlines all fly direct from the UAE to Kuala Lumpur and on to Penang from about Dh2,300 return, including taxes. 

Where to stay
In Kuala Lumpur, Element is a recently opened, futuristic hotel high up in a Norman Foster-designed skyscraper. Rooms cost from Dh400 per night, including taxes. Hotel Stripes, also in KL, is a great value design hotel, with an infinity rooftop pool. Rooms cost from Dh310, including taxes. 

In Penang, Ren i Tang is a boutique b&b in what was once an ancient Chinese Medicine Hall in the centre of Little India. Rooms cost from Dh220, including taxes.
23 Love Lane in Penang is a luxury boutique heritage hotel in a converted mansion, with private tropical gardens. Rooms cost from Dh400, including taxes. 
In Langkawi, Temple Tree is a unique architectural villa hotel consisting of antique houses from all across Malaysia. Rooms cost from Dh350, including taxes.


6.30pm Madjani Stakes Rated Conditions (PA) I Dh160,000 1,900m I Winner: Mawahib, Tadhg O’Shea (jockey), Eric Lemartinel (trainer)

7.05pm Maiden Dh150,000 1,400m I Winner One Season, Antonio Fresu, Satish Seemar

7.40pm: Maiden Dh150,000 2,000m I Winner Street Of Dreams, Pat Dobbs, Doug Watson

8.15pm Dubai Creek Listed Dh250,000 1,600m I Winner Heavy Metal, Royston Ffrench, Salem bin Ghadayer

8.50pm The Entisar Listed Dh250,000 2,000m I Winner Etijaah, Dane O’Neill, Doug Watson

9.25pm The Garhoud Listed Dh250,000 1,200m Winner Muarrab, Dane O’Neill, Ali Rashid Al Raihe

10pm Handicap Dh160,000 1,600m Winner Sea Skimmer, Patrick Cosgrave, Helal Al Alawi

Other must-tries

Tomato and walnut salad

A lesson in simple, seasonal eating. Wedges of tomato, chunks of cucumber, thinly sliced red onion, coriander or parsley leaves, and perhaps some fresh dill are drizzled with a crushed walnut and garlic dressing. Do consider yourself warned: if you eat this salad in Georgia during the summer months, the tomatoes will be so ripe and flavourful that every tomato you eat from that day forth will taste lacklustre in comparison.

Badrijani nigvzit

A delicious vegetarian snack or starter. It consists of thinly sliced, fried then cooled aubergine smothered with a thick and creamy walnut sauce and folded or rolled. Take note, even though it seems like you should be able to pick these morsels up with your hands, they’re not as durable as they look. A knife and fork is the way to go.


This healthy little dish (a nice antidote to the khachapuri) is usually made with steamed then chopped cabbage, spinach, beetroot or green beans, combined with walnuts, garlic and herbs to make a vegetable pâté or paste. The mix is then often formed into rounds, chilled in the fridge and topped with pomegranate seeds before being served.

Switching sides

Mahika Gaur is the latest Dubai-raised athlete to attain top honours with another country.

Velimir Stjepanovic (Serbia, swimming)
Born in Abu Dhabi and raised in Dubai, he finished sixth in the final of the 2012 Olympic Games in London in the 200m butterfly final.

Jonny Macdonald (Scotland, rugby union)
Brought up in Abu Dhabi and represented the region in international rugby. When the Arabian Gulf team was broken up into its constituent nations, he opted to play for Scotland instead, and went to the Hong Kong Sevens.

Sophie Shams (England, rugby union)
The daughter of an English mother and Emirati father, Shams excelled at rugby in Dubai, then after attending university in the UK played for England at sevens.


4pm Maratha Arabians v Northern Warriors

6.15pm Deccan Gladiators v Pune Devils

8.30pm Delhi Bulls v Bangla Tigers


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Translator: Luke Leafgren
Pages: 352
Publisher: And Other Stories

World Cricket League Division 2

In Windhoek, Namibia - Top two teams qualify for the World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe, which starts on March 4.

UAE fixtures

Thursday February 8, v Kenya; Friday February 9, v Canada; Sunday February 11, v Nepal; Monday February 12, v Oman; Wednesday February 14, v Namibia; Thursday February 15, final


Round 1: Beat Leolia Jeanjean 6-1, 6-2
Round 2: Beat Naomi Osaka 7-6, 1-6, 7-5
Round 3: Beat Marie Bouzkova 6-4, 6-2
Round 4: Beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-0
Quarter-final: Beat Marketa Vondrousova 6-0, 6-2
Semi-final: Beat Coco Gauff 6-2, 6-4
Final: Beat Jasmine Paolini 6-2, 6-2


First Test: New Zealand 30 British & Irish Lions 15

Second Test: New Zealand 21 British & Irish Lions 24

Third Test: New Zealand 15 British & Irish Lions 15


Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside


Developer: SCE Studio Cambridge
Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment
Console: PlayStation, PlayStation 4 and 5
Rating: 3.5/5


Age: 50

Known as the UAE’s strongest man

Favourite dish: “Everything and sea food”

Hobbies: Drawing, basketball and poetry

Favourite car: Any classic car

Favourite superhero: The Hulk original

How green is the expo nursery?

Some 400,000 shrubs and 13,000 trees in the on-site nursery

An additional 450,000 shrubs and 4,000 trees to be delivered in the months leading up to the expo

Ghaf, date palm, acacia arabica, acacia tortilis, vitex or sage, techoma and the salvadora are just some heat tolerant native plants in the nursery

Approximately 340 species of shrubs and trees selected for diverse landscape

The nursery team works exclusively with organic fertilisers and pesticides

All shrubs and trees supplied by Dubai Municipality

Most sourced from farms, nurseries across the country

Plants and trees are re-potted when they arrive at nursery to give them room to grow

Some mature trees are in open areas or planted within the expo site

Green waste is recycled as compost

Treated sewage effluent supplied by Dubai Municipality is used to meet the majority of the nursery’s irrigation needs

Construction workforce peaked at 40,000 workers

About 65,000 people have signed up to volunteer

Main themes of expo is  ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and three subthemes of opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

Expo 2020 Dubai to open in October 2020 and run for six months

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