Boucheron Ruby and Diamond Bandeau Necklace

On July 12, 2017, Kate wore to the state banquet for King Felipe a stunning statement necklace that has a long and fascinating history.

The Hon. Mrs. Ronald Greville purchased this necklace from Boucheron in 1907. When she died, she left her magnificent and vast jewelry collection to the royal family. This necklace was one of the items sent to them.

 

Upon Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage to Prince Phillip (at the time, she was Princess Elizabeth) her parents gave her this necklace as a wedding gift.

The Queen wore this necklace up until the 1980s, and in the following years it would lay in the vault until Kate brought it back into the public’s eye.

The necklace is of course, a statement piece. Numerous white diamonds are set into the frame to create floral clusters. Interpersed among the diamonds are ruby stones.

Two “spines” of diamond rows line the exterior and interior of the necklace to frame the floral clusters and create an established structure to guide the design. A large diamond pendant drop is affixed to the base of the entire piece.

Here it is on Kate.

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Nigel Milne Three Strand Pearl and Diamond Bracelet

On July 20, 2017, Kate attended a reception in Berlin, Germany. She wore this bracelet that once belonged to Diana.

At first, some of us bloggers believed this was Kate’s years old bracelet. But close inspection revealed spacers on this one that her own bracelet lacks.

Diana famously wore this bracelet with her “Elvis” gown”.

08 Nov 1989, Kowloon, Hong Kong — File photo: Princess Diana (sheath dress and jacket embroidered with simulated pearls, known as the “Elvis” outfitby Catherine Walker) attends the opening ceremony for the new Hong Kong Cultural Centre in Kowloon. On the fifth anniversary of Princess Diana’s death her loss is mourned by many people among them the fashion designers whose creations she wore with great style. — Image by © Tim Graham/Corbis

 

The full story behind it can be found here.

The bracelet is made of three strands of white pearls, and at least six diamond halo spacers. From what is visible in the photo there are at least two rows of diamond spacers on the bracelet, three spacers on each row.

Here it is on Kate.

Oscar de la Renta Pearl Sun Star Button Earrings

On July 20, 2017, Kate brought out another pair of Oscar de la Renta earrings.

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

 

From the website: “Make a subtle statement in our wear-with-everything button earrings. Crafted with striking gold-plated sun stars, this darling pair is set with lustrous Japanese resin pearls. They’re the perfect pairing to everything from classic knits to trendy dresses.”

These earrings are made of pewter, resin pearls, brass and steel.

They feature a center pearl surrounded by yellow gold plated spikes and small spokes, encircling the center pearl and created a sunray effect.

Here they are on Kate.

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These cost $175 USD.

Collingwood Diamond And Pearl Dangle Earrings

On July 12, 2017, Kate wore these earrings to the State Banquet held in honor of King Felipe and Queen Letizia’s visit to the UK.

If the earrings look familiar, it’s because they aren’t new. They belonged to Princess Diana. Collingwood Jewellers gifted them to her once she became Princess of Wales.

 

ca. 1980-1990 — Princess Diana smiles in a black veil and pearl earrings. — Image by © Tim Graham/CORBIS

 

Here is the closeup:


Two bezel stud diamonds dangle one above the other and attach to a conical diamond studded component. Just below this is an egg-shaped creamy white pearl.

Kate wore them again in Belgium on July 31, 2017.

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