Wartski Yellow Gold Wedding Band

In keeping with tradition, Kate received a yellow gold wedding band during her marriage ceremony to William.

 

At the 2:30 mark the ring makes an appearance.

Kate has worn it ever since. It’s made from 18k Welsh gold which is already owned by the British royal family.

Photo credit: Splash News
Photo credit: Splash News

The gold is of a soft, bright yellow which is a true yellow. It doesn’t appear to have any orange or dark yellow tones.

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

The band is slim, smooth and doesn’t appear to have any engravings. If it does, it most likely is on the inside of the ring, since I cannot detect any engravings on the outer surface.

It is not exactly known which jewelry company made Kate’s ring. Thanks to My Small Obsessions for the new information! The ring was made by Wartski, a British family firm.

I found a Welsh company which claims to use the same gold that has been used to make royal wedding rings for generations.

Clogau offers wedding rings made in the style of Kate’s ring. The rings are a part of the Windsor collection. Link can be found here.

You can read more about their connection to royal wedding rings here. 

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Silver Pear Drop Pendant Earrings with Ball Post

Kate was visiting a nightclub in 2007 when she wore these statement earrings.

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

 

Here is the closeup:

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They are extremely large earrings. A burnished ball post is the anchor for the pear shaped pendant. The pendant is a concave silver disc with a rim of silver at the borders. It looks like the pendant is gunmetal gray while the ball post is a yellowish gray.

I estimated that these are perhaps 3.5 inches long, maybe even longer.

Here is a clearer photo of her wearing them.

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

Shopping with Kate: Claudia Bradby Haul I

I’ve long been curious about this charming jewelry company. Ever since I heard about Kate’s collaboration with them, I’ve been taken in by their simple, clean and delicate designs.

There is nothing too complicated or overdone in their creations. When I looked at their offerings, I fell in love with the Constantine necklace and matching earrings. They are so gorgeous and no-frills at the same time. I ordered these two pieces one week ago.

Shipping was extremely fast! I received my package on Saturday, just 6 days after ordering. This is quite impressive, considering that I am in the United States and the package shipped from the UK.

It arrived in a white bubble mailer, along with a CB merchandise booklet, the invoice and a letter addressed to me.

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The box is beautifully made, very compact and understated in its style.

The back of the box displays the website address.

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This is the first company I have done business with that houses their merchandise in pull-out boxes. I think this is a brilliant way to ship jewelry. It keep the jewelry locked in tight with no danger of the lid flying off or jewelry spilling out.

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I was sent two velour pouches, each containing the necklace and earrings.

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The beautiful Constantine drop earrings (£54).

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The stunning Constantine sterling silver and pearl necklace (£126).

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Details on the necklace. It has 4 silver oblongs and three natural pearls.

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A side view of the necklace.

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The necklace clasp features a tiny charm with the Claudia Bradby logo etched into it. There is also a darling little seed pearl attached to the very end of the chain.

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You’ll notice that the pearls on the necklace are flattened and imperfect. They have a magnificent sheen and luster to them, indicating an excellent coating of nacre.

Here is the booklet I was sent.

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I also received a note informing me of the best way to care for my new jewelry.

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I adore my new jewelry. I am saving up for the Camellia Amazonite and Rose Quartz Necklace now.  I have grown curious enough about it to want to own it.

 

Double Circle Metal Earrings

Around 2007, Kate wore these double drop silver and green stone earrings.

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

Here is the closeup:

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

At a distance, it’s hard to see the gemstone or bead in the center. The earrings consist of two round pendants. Each pendant is made of two round silver circles, the smaller one settled inside the larger one. Suspended in the center of each double-circle pendant is a single green stone or bead. There appears to be silver connectors on four equal outer sides of the  smaller circle (connecting it to the larger circle) as well as a small silver connector just above the green stone.

I believe this is silver plated or possibly tarnished silver. The dim contrast of the photo doesn’t show us the true shine of the earrings.

Shopping with Kate: Accessorize Filigree Bead Short Drop Earrings

I thought I didn’t have a shot at owning the same earrings Kate wore several times during her time in India, but then the wonderful Marianna of Books, Birkins and Beauty told me that her local Accessorize store still had a few pairs left. She shipped a pair of these golden beauties to me, and now my dream has been fulfilled! Thank you, Marianna! ❤

The earrings arrived in a pretty floral paper sack. Inside the sack was a small, pink tissue paper-enclosed parcel. The wrapping of Accessorize jewelry must vary from store to store because my own shopping trips to brick and mortar stores have resulted in packages wrapped with only pink tissue paper, not an additional layer of paper.

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Here are the earrings:

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They are very light and dangle easily. They look rather large on Kate, but in reality they are more modest in size. I really love them. They are delicate-looking and the gold sparkles so nicely. Even though they are costume jewelry they don’t look so cheap. The beads between the coins and the pendant are a soft cream shade. The bead connecting the hook to the pendant is more of a pale peach color.

The back of the earrings are flatter (the front of the filigree pendants look raised) and the small coins are completely smooth.

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When I wear them, I can barely feel them. They are not at all as heavy as they appear to be in photos.

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I think the drop of them makes them appear to be larger than they actually are.

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Round White/Black & Orange Stone Pendant Necklace

This necklace appears to have two pendants: one round white/black pendant and one oval orange stone pendant.

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Photo credit: https://www.facebook.com/Duchess.of.Cambridge.News/

 

Here is the closeup:

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

When I first saw this, I assumed the upper pendant was silver. I believe it’s a white and black pendant. If I am proven wrong I will correct the information.

Beneath the first pendant is an oval, orange stone set in silver. Both pendants are attached to a plastic or rubber chain cord. It could also be a chain of gemstone or quartz stones.

Here it is on Kate:

Photo credit: Steve Waters
Photo credit: Steve Waters

Queen Mary’s Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet

Kate borrowed this statement bracelet (worn on her right wrist) from Queen Elizabeth II for the October 2015 state banquet.

 

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Photo credit: https://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.co.uk/

 

This was originally a choker necklace worn by Queen Mary (Queen Elizabeth II’s grandmother).

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

Here is the closeup of the bracelet:

Photo credit: Splash News
Photo credit: Splash News

 

You can see that the design of the choker remains in the bracelet. It appears that the bars of diamonds have been placed closer together, but the linear pattern is mostly unchanged.