The catwalks, Instagram, and TikTok all affirmed that Churchcore is the season’s top trend. From the all-black tailoring of Saint Laurent to the minimalism of Givenchy’s first looks, fashion week was pervaded by a monastic vibe, but the cross is the true accessory of the season, a must-have in Dolce & Gabbana’s SS23 and in the jewelry boxes of trendsetters around the world, including Kim Kardashian of course. The most costly purchase made by KK using the Churchcore theme? Princess Diana’s pendant, the Attallah Cross, which included a square-cut amethyst and round diamonds, went for almost $197,000 at a London auction.
The Attallah Cross was created for the first time in the 1920s by Garrard, one of Lady D’s favorite jewelers, according to Vogue UK. The pendant was purchased by the Spencer family’s longtime friend Naim Attallah in the 1980s, and the princess borrowed it for a number of public appearances. The occasion in October 1987 when Diana wore the pendant and a Catherine Walker-designed gown at a Birthright charity banquet in London is documented in history. Although the necklace was never hers legally, she was the only one to wear it. Ramsay Attallah, Naim’s son, said in December, “When I was growing up, we usually put it on the table for Christmas dinner, but it was never worn by anybody other than Diana and has not been seen in public since her death.”
It’s a historical item that Kim Kardashian owns or has worn before; just think of her Met Gala ensemble from the previous year, when the star faced backlash for donning the iconic dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang “Happy Birthday” to President John F. Kennedy as a red carpet concession from the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum. She donned a Norman Norrell gown to the 1962 Golden Globes that Marilyn Monroe wore, and in 2021, she paid $25,000 for a gown Janet Jackson wore in her music video “If.” The most recent acquisition at Sotheby’s, however, is his first open offer for historical jewelry connected to the British royal family and KK’s first item owned by Lady D.