On September 27, 2016, Kate wore these Monica Vinader Siren earrings in green onyx.
From the website: “These simple, sophisticated earrings are great for everyday wear. The organic, irregular shaped multi-faceted Green Onyx gemstone is encased in 18ct Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver. The gemstone in these earring measures approximately 12mm x 10mm (0.47 x 0.4″).”
These are an intriguing choice for Kate because I considered buying them for myself before she wore them. It seems like we really do have similar tastes in jewelry.
The earrings consist of a faceted green onyx stone set in goldplated silver. They hang from a gold plated earring hook, giving them a short drop.
Monica Vinader’s Siren collection is described as “Colour gemstones and organic shapes inspired by sea-worn treasures and the glamour of southern Italy.”
Some information about the origin of their stones and the alterations made to them: “Onyx is a chalcedony consisting of fine bands of quartz and morganite in a variety of colours. Our green onyx comes from India and is enhanced with natural dyes to attain its strong, pure bright green colour.”
I was surprised to see this necklace available on Ebay for just $45. It was $10 more than the original retail price, but still affordable for me.
The necklace is beautiful and very sparkly.
It is somewhat heavy and very much a statement piece. Some people feel that the necklace looked cheap on Kate when she wore it to the premiere of Mandela, but I think it is a very good example of how well made costume jewelry can be.
I am happy with my necklace and I think I will wear it to many events and parties.
I’m diverting attention from Kate’s jewelry collection to talk about a somewhat famous pair of earrings: Princess Diana’s Venus earrings. She was photographed wearing her Venus earrings starting in 1990. Among Diana fans, these earrings are quite famous.
During one of my frequent Ebay searches, I was astounded to come across a seller offering a pair of vintage (stamped 1964) earrings for just about 50% less than the museum’s retail price. The seller was not even aware of the earrings’ true moniker or their history as a favored pair of a British royal’s jewelry collection. It was fortunate for me, because if the seller had named them as the Venus earrings, I do not think I would have had the chance to buy them. They would have been plucked up by someone else.
The earrings are made with simulated glass pearls and gold overlay. The posts are gold-filled.
They are 1.25 inches long. Here they are next to a bottle of OPI nail polish to give you an idea of how big they are.
This is their appearance from the front.
The pearls are somewhat large but not too heavy. In fact, I can barely feel them on when I wear them. I think they are big enough to be semi-statement earrings but still demure enough for everyday use.