I quite like these earrings chosen by the Duchess for more formal events and appearances. They’re opulent and glittery enough for palace duties, but they’re also a very contemporary pair of earrings, marking Kate as a modern style icon who knows that her place in world history as a British royal means that her look should feature current jewelry styles.
From the company’s website: “A new design to the Lola Collection these stunning blue topaz and diamond hoops in 18ct white gold add a splash of colour for every day. Also available in a mini size and a matching pendant to complete the look.”
I must thank Diana’s Jewels for information on the details about these earrings.
These earrings are a part of the Lola collection. There are 11 blue topaz stones set in white gold. The bottom 4 stones are larger than the remaining 7. The stones become smaller as they lead to the top of the hoop. There is a small, diamond covered white gold ear hoop attached to the hoop. A small diamond fills in the spot where the two meet.
Kate has been photographed wearing these earrings after her April 2011 wedding.
According to What Kate Wore these are believed to be part of a wedding gift from Prince Charles.
This does seem plausible to me. I have not been able to find these for sale to the public from any jewelry company, which makes me think these were custom-made for Kate. Another thought I have is that these earrings don’t seem to match Kate’s taste in jewelry. They look a bit too clunky and irregular to be chosen by Kate herself. Most of her jewelry (at least what she has worn since the engagement announcement) has a clean and smooth design. For these reasons, I agree with others who believe that these earrings must have been a wedding gift.
The earrings feature a length of diamonds: at the top is a round diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds to frame the center diamond. The earring’s center features three baguette shaped diamonds, then the line of gems is finished off with another round diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds (identical to the top diamond drop). It looks like it is set in white gold.
It is said that these earrings were a customized Christmas gift from William to his new wife. Kate first wore these for the royals’ annual visit to Sandringham in 2011.
From the company’s website: “Two looks in one make these earrings an irresistible buy; featuring an oval green amethyst drop surrounded by diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold, on an elegant 18ct yellow gold and diamond hoop. Wear the hoops on their own or add the drop for a stunning classic look. Build your collection of Kiki drops; they all fit on the same gold or diamond hoops.”
These earrings are made of green amethyst (this term is a misnomer. I will be writing a post that explains more. Post can be found here) in an oval shape set in an 18k yellow gold setting. It is noticeable that the oval is arranged in a horizontal direction as opposed to a vertical direction. There are tiny diamonds surrounding the oval.
Her diamond hoops are also made of yellow gold.
You can better see the yellow gold on the hoops in this photo.
Kate has worn these quite often since Christmas 2011. Most recently, she wore them when she filmed a public service announcement addressing mental health issues in children.
The cost of these earrings is £2,600 or approximately $3,850.
A piece of jewelry from Kate’s life before marriage is this beautiful pearl and gold bracelet, created by Elsa Peretti.
It’s a piece I hope she will wear again. Apart from the one photo where she is wearing a beret and a light blue coat, I haven’t seen this bracelet on her. I love this bracelet for its simple beauty and subtle luster.
From the Tiffany’s website: “Luminous pearls scattered along a delicate chain. Bracelet in 18k gold with five freshwater cultured pearls.”
The style of this is similar to a station bracelet, the difference being that pearls take the place of gemstones.
Here it is on Kate (this photo was taken in 2007).
Of course, these are the notable and custom made earrings Kate wore when she married William.
Kate’s parents had these commissioned from Robinson Pelham with the Cartier Scroll tiara and the Middleton family’s new coat of arms in mind. The elegantly carved oak leaves are similar to the scrolls of diamonds on the tiara. From the leaves dangle a diamond lined hollow pear shaped drop. In the center of the drop is a diamond covered acorn.
Personally, I love the fact that they included an acorn in the design of her wedding earrings. Most bridal earrings feature floral motifs or butterflies. I think this is a very unique approach to bridal jewelry.
The cost of these was a little more than $22,000. Robinson Pelham never actually disclosed the price, but many are estimating the cost to be around £15,000.
UPDATE: Kate wore these earrings to Order of the Garter in June 2016. We were all a little surprised to see them out again.
Simple and minimal, yet luminous and glamorous, the Asprey 167 Button Pendant has been in the Duchess’s jewelry collection for many years now. She was photographed wearing it before her engagement, during a time when she was working for the company Jigsaw.
According to the company’s website, they used “the iconic 167 New Bond Street Button”. The pendant has a “central amethyst stone, surrounded by pave diamonds, all set in 18ct white gold”. The chain it is on is also made of white gold.
The current retail price is $4,000.
Here it is on Kate during the Royal Tour of Canada in 2011.