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Kate first wore these earrings to an event hosted by the Fostering Network in January 2015.
From the website: “Small Gold Plated loop earrings, 22 carat on Brass. 4cm long. The Hooks are sterling silver Gold Plated.”
Lolita is made of three gold plated brass hoops which increase slightly in size as they drop down to the next hoop. The hoops themselves are hammered flat. A hook is twisted at the base to clasp the first hoop.
During her early 20s, Kate wore a pair of small pearl drop earrings.
Here is the closeup:
At a distance, these look like regular pearl drop earrings on a hook. In the closeup, we can see that they are attached to a silver cap, and the cap is attached to a silver hook.
She wore them to the horse trials in 2005 (photo above).
To her graduation ceremony in 2005.
To the Boodles Boxing Ball in 2006.
I haven’t seen these pearl earrings in a while. I think she has designated her Annoushka pearl drops her standard pearl earrings, so these have been retired. They are somewhat casual pearl drops and not fine jewelry, but it would still be nice to see them out and about.
I found a pair of earrings that are not exact duplicates, but they have a similar appearance to Kate’s.
I was looking around on the Internet for more information on Princess Diana’s jewelry (I love her collection as much as I love Kate’s) and I found an interesting article about the jewelry she left behind.
According to The Telegraph, Diana left a will bequeathing her jewelry to the wives of her sons.
“Diana, Princess of Wales wrote a special “letter of wishes” to add to her will, leaving her two sons all her jewellery so that their future wives could wear it, a court heard yesterday.
However, one of the executors of her will was unaware of the letter’s existence until questioned about it at the Old Bailey.
The Rt Rev Richard Chartres, Bishop of London, and Dean of the Chapels Royal, was appointed as an independent executor of the will at her family’s request after the Princess’s death, the jury trying her former butler Paul Burrell heard.
Under cross examination, the bishop admitted that he had never seen the “letter of wishes”, in which the Princess requested that her £21 million estate be split between her children, Prince William and Prince Harry, and her 17 godchildren.
Lord Carlile, QC, for the defence, read out the relevant letter, attached to the will. In it the Princess wrote: “I would like you to divide my personal chattels at your discretion between my sons and godchildren, the division being three quarters to my sons and one quarter to my godchildren.
But I would like you to allocate all my jewellery to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewellery to your discretion.”
I am very curious to know what else she will wear from Diana’s collection. Diana had many traditional pieces, lots of pearls, dangly diamonds and chunky gold earrings. Kate’s taste in jewelry is much different from her mother-in-law’s, but I think there are pieces in that vault she would be willing to wear.
Accompanying the matching necklace, these are the earrings Kate wore to the Wildlife Photography of the Year gala
From the website: “Featuring Riva’s signature organic shape and pave set diamonds totalling 0.32 carats, these cocktail earrings are beautifully elegant. Measuring approximately 27mm (1.0″) in length x 35mm (1.4″) in width, the earrings are light enough to wear all day long. Match with other rose gold Riva pieces for effortless style.”
Just like the necklace, the earrings are rose gold over sterling silver. The front of the earrings are covered in tiny white diamonds. The four unusual-shaped hoops are connected with small rose gold links (also vermeil). French hooks are attached to the earring’s main section. The front of the hooks are in an elongated teardrop shape instead of the more common slim wire we often see on dangle earrings.
You can see what the back looks like here.
Here they are on Kate:
She wore them again on May 4, 2016 to visit the National Portrait Gallery for the Vogue 100.
In the previous post, Kate wore this large, stone-studded ring.
Here is the close up:
It appears to be a silvertone or silver metal chunk studded with white rhinestones (or some other stone) and colored stones. It’s hard to see, but it might have some floral design on some parts of it. The centerpiece is attached to a clear plastic ring (you can see Kate’s skin color through it). I think this is costume jewelry.
Kate notably wore these to an Dublin art gallery opening in 2007.
I’ve been trying to find more photos of her with these earrings, but so far I can only find two.
Here is the close up:
These are clustered pearl (they remind me of a bunch of grapes on the vine) drop earrings attached to a pearl stud which acts as the earring’s post. The cluster of pearls consists of round pearls and teardrop pearls. It looks like any metal attachments on it are in silver or silver tone.
The luster on these pearls makes me think they are cultured and not artificial.
Kate also wore these on a casual outing the same year.
I’m trying to locate the maker of Kate’s earrings. Many jewelry companies do make similar earrings in terms of style, but I haven’t found one that doesn’t have a French hook and instead has the pearl post as you see it on Kate.