Blabbing About Baubles: Morganite

Today I will be talking about pink morganite, which we’ve seen Kate wear once.

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Photo credit: http://www.jewelsofsayuri.com

 

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Photo credit: http://www.gehnabazaar.com

 

Morganite is an aluminum beryllium silicate. It is known as  “pink beryl”, and among the beryls, morganite is the rarest form. The color can range from pale pink to peach to violet-pink (as shown in the photos above).

Morganite is named for American banker and gemstone collector J.P. Morgan. The two most significant morganite deposits are found in Brazil and Madagascar.  Some other noteworthy sources for fine gem-quality morganite include Afghanistan, China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, Zimbabwe and the USA (California and Maine). Pink morganite was first identified as such by gemologist George D. Kunz in 1910 in California (George was also a buyer for Tiffany & Company).

Morganite is not usually heated or alternated, but sometimes low heat is used to enhance the color and erase undesired yellow tones.

Morganite is considered to be somewhat rare. This could explain why Kate’s morganite drops are so expensive.

Kate’s morganite jewelry:

Kiki McDonough Morganite Cushion Drops 

 

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Dark Blue Bhutan Earrings

On April 15, 2016, Kate hiked up the Himalayas and stopped by a trinket shop. She purchased these earrings for about $7.

 

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

 

The ones on the right are a turquoise version which are similar to Kate’s. They feature a very elaborate four point design on top of an oval pendant made of what I believe to be brass and lapis lazuli (Anna of MSO believes they are lapis as well). Golden circles sit next to each other to form a chain at the bottom of the pendant, and in the center of this “chain” is a round, bordered golden disc, Blue beads dangle from the very bottom of the pendant by golden connectors.

Here they are on Kate:

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Photo credit: http://www.zimbio.com

 

Brora Gold Charm Earrings

Kate wore these with her butter yellow coat dress by Emilia Wickstead when she arrived in Bhutan on April 14, 2016..

Photo credit: www.katemiddletonstyle.org
Photo credit: http://www.katemiddletonstyle.org

From the website: “Our gold charm earrings are a stunning everyday bit of sophistication, as well as something more glamorous for the evening. Attractively eye-catching, yet not overwhelming, these gold accessories are the ideal choice for the Brora woman.

22k gold plated brass with gold plated sterling silver hooks”

The design features two hollowed-out discs with ornate designs curved around the center. The entire design runs around the circumference of the disc. The upper disc has a more compact construction, while the lower disc’s designs are more voluminous.

Here is the closeup:

Photo credit: I-Images
Photo credit: I-Images

 

And here they are on Kate.

Photo credit: www.katemiddletonstyle.org
Photo credit: http://www.katemiddletonstyle.org

 

She wore them a second time when she went out to dinner (wearing Tory Burch).

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Sonam Rabgye Endless Knot in Rose Gold

Queen Jetsun Pema gifted this rose gold and diamond pendant necklace to Kate during her visit to Bhutan. Kate wore it while departing Bhutan to head to Agra, India on April 16, 2016.

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Photo credit: http://www.whatkatewore.com

 

We first got a close look at this necklace through the hard work and efforts of Anna, who runs My Small Obsessions. 

It was revealed in the media that this was a gift from the Queen of Bhutan. We eventually learned that it was created by Bhutanese designer Sonam Rabgye.

Photo credit: www.sonamrabgye.com
Photo credit: http://www.sonamrabgye.com

 

Photo credit: http://www.sonamrabgye.com/
Photo credit: http://www.sonamrabgye.com/

 

Photo credit: http://www.sonamrabgye.com/
Photo credit: http://www.sonamrabgye.com/

The Endless Knot “ overlaps without a beginning or an end, symbolising the Buddha’s endless wisdom and compassion. It indicates continuity as the underlying reality of existence.” (via Religious Facts).

I personally received the following information from the company:

The pendant was a special order from Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Queen of Bhutan as a gift for the Duchess of Cambridge who visited Bhutan with HRH the Duke of Cambridge. 

In fact, I was caught breathless when I heard that the Duchess was wearing the piece! I felt so humbled yet grateful to our wonderful Queen for her support and kindness.

This custom made Endless Knot necklace is an auspicious Buddhist symbol representing the harmony of wisdom and compassion.”

I spoke to Sonam on Twitter and she confirmed that Kate’s necklace is made of rose gold (the website offers a yellow gold version).

sonam

Here it is on Kate:

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Photo credit: Getty/Pool Images

 

Photo credit: http://www.sonamrabgye.com/
Photo credit: http://www.sonamrabgye.com/

 

This is priced at $1,200. I know Kate’s is bespoke, so it’s possible hers could have cost a little more.

 

The yellow gold version is available for sale on Sonam Rabgye’s website. 

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Kiki McDonough Lavender Amethyst Pear and Oval Drop Earrings

Remember when I said I wanted to see more purple jewelry on Kate? My wish was finally granted!

Kate wore these lavender amethyst earrings on April 14, 2016, to meet with King Jigme Khesar Namgyl Wangchuck and his wife, Queen Jetsun Pema.

Photo credit: www.kiki.co.uk
Photo credit: http://www.kiki.co.uk

From the website: “Stunning drop earrings featuring large pear and oval shaped lavender amethyst stones surrounded by dazzling diamonds set in 18ct white gold.”

Here is the closeup:

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

They are made of two lavender amethyst stones: one pear shaped, the other slightly oval. Each stone is framed by tiny white diamonds. The pear shaped drop dangles beneath the oval one and is set (in Kiki’s signature style) with a single bezel white diamond between the two, to act as an “attachment” from the front (I’m sure the bezel is also set in gold, but from the front it appears as though the two stones are connected by one diamond). The entire earring is set in white gold.

They aren’t as massive as the Amrapali earrings, but they are not terribly small either.

Here they are on Kate.

Photo credit: Stephen Lock/i-Images
Photo credit: Stephen Lock/i-Images

 

 

These cost £3,900 or $5,538.

This is a rather fun post to write because these earrings were chosen by Elizabeth George as a piece she wanted to see Kate wear. It’s very exciting when Kate actually wears pieces we select for her. 🙂 You can read about it here. 

Amrapali Lapis and Diamond Drop Earrings

On April 10, 2016, Kate attended a gala fundraiser in Mumbai, India.

She wore these prominent lapis and diamond earrings.

Photo credit: https://www.tribebyamrapali.com/
Photo credit: https://www.tribebyamrapali.com/

Here is the closeup:

Photo credit: www.whatkatewore.com
Photo credit: http://www.whatkatewore.com

 

The earrings are set in yellow gold and feature two lapis stones (one oval-shaped and one square-shaped). The two stones are suspended one above the other (square stone on top) and framed with tiny diamonds.

You can see the yellow gold from the back.

Image licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 10/04/2016. Mumbai, India. The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at a Bollywood charity gala at the Taj Palace hotel in Mumbai on the first night of their tour of India and Bhutan. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images
Image licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 10/04/2016. Mumbai, India. The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at a Bollywood charity gala at the Taj Palace hotel in Mumbai on the first night of their tour of India and Bhutan. Picture by Stephen Lock / i-Images

These specific earrings are not available on any site I can find. The Kate fashion and accessory documenters used this image as what could have been an early design template for Kate’s earrings. We believe this to be a slightly different version.

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Photo credit: http://www.gilt.com

 

This version of the earrings she wears costs $2,900. I imagine Kate’s earrings are priced around the same amount.   Kate’s earrings cost £1,360 or $1,958.

Here they are on Kate.

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Photo credit: Splash News