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.
We can see that the prongs are set in yellow gold, but the band itself is made of a different metal, possibly white gold but I am not sure.
The stone is most likely ruby, but other possibilities exist.
Matching her new earrings closely, Kate also wore this necklace on the first day of the 2017 Poland/Germany tour.
The necklace’s pendant looks like an oval version of her tanzanite pendant necklace. Small white diamonds frame the oval ruby stone in the center. The pendant looks to be set in white gold, and the chain looks to be made of white gold.
There is some discussion about whether or not this is a G Collins and Sons piece. It certainly looks like it, but we would need to wait for confirmation. I don’t think this is a set to go with her earrings because the settings are completely different.
Displaying the white and red colors of the Polish flag in her ensemble, Kate stepped off the plane and into the first stop on the 2017 Poland/Germany tour wearing these ruby and diamond earrings.
I noticed the center stone is set in yellow gold. This is not a common feature of G Collins and Sons work, so I don’t believe these are their earrings.
An oval ruby stone is set in a yellow gold setting. It looks like the whole earring is set in yellow gold. Surrounding the ruby are small white diamonds. A yellow gold attachment connects the diamond post to the drop component.
There is some uncertainty about whether these are ruby stones are not. The color does not look like the usual shade of garnet to me, and given Kate’s history of wearing rubies, and the hue of this piece, I am inclined to say these are rubies.
On May 20, 2017, Kate wore these special edition earrings to her sister’s wedding.
Being that they are special edition, they are not currently available on the website.
They are composed of cushion cut morganite stones rotated 45 degrees and set in a halo of small white diamonds. The post is set in gold. Below this is a bezel diamond suspended above the large oval drop, similar to the posts’ design (morganite surrounded by tiny white diamonds.
Here they are on Kate:
I estimate these cost more than $5,000. Many similar Kiki styles run up to that price.
On May 11, 2017, Kate wore these bright blue earrings on a visit to Luxembourg.
From the company: “A wonderful pair of blue topaz oval and cushion cut stones surrounded by diamonds set in 18ct white gold to form the most stunning drop earrings.”
Here is the close up:
A round blue topaz gemstone is placed in a halo setting and acts as the post for the earring. A bezel diamond stud connects the cushion cut blue topaz gemstone that dangles beneath the post. The cushion cut stone is also placed in a halo setting.
It is noticeable that these blue topaz earrings appear to be paler in hue than Kate’s other Kiki McDonough blue topaz pieces.
On March 28, 2017, Kate wore these earrings to the National Portrait Gallery in London.
“Stunning pear drop green amethysts and pretty round pink tourmalines surrounded by delicate diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold make these truly beautiful earrings.”
A round pink tourmaline stone is set in a halo of white diamonds. Just under this is a single bezel diamond, and below that is a large pear shaped green amethyst stone, surrounded by small white diamonds.
Here they are on Kate:
These were customized for Kate, so her pair are not available for sale to the general public. The bottom stone is also different in shape from the stock image provided by Kiki.
The cost of the ones listed on the company website are £5,340. Given the size of Kate’s earrings and the material composition, I would estimate hers cost a similar amount.