On May 24, 2011, one of Kate’s first engagements upon returning from her honeymoon was to meet with the Obamas.
She accessorized her lovely Reiss Shola dress with this shell necklace.
The necklace appears to be made of elongated, curved pale beige shells speckled with a black pattern. I don’t possess enough knowledge of conchology to identify what type of shells they are. I speculate that they could be some type of cowry shell. I found these and these images of cowrie shells. They both look similar to the pattern on Kate’s necklace.
On March 17, 2017, Kate wore this mabe pearl necklace to a reception held at the British Embassy in Paris.
Many of us suspected it could be the matching necklace to the Balenciaga earrings she also wore. If one looks at the border of the pearl setting, it lacks the crystals the Balenciaga earrings feature.
One of the more unique pieces Kate owns, this necklace features four large mabe pearls suspended in a somewhat asymmetrical pattern. One mabe pearl is centered on a metal chain (possibly white gold) and under this are two pearls on slim chains, the left chain considerably shorter than the right chain. The second pearl on the right side has one more pearl attached below it. The chain drop is shorter than the drop for the pearl above it. This gives it the aforementioned asymmetrical effect.
On March 18, 2017, Kate wore this necklace in Paris.
From the website: “Designed by Louis Cartier in 1924, the Trinity ring is a signature design of the Cartier Maison. The three interlaced bands in pink, yellow and white gold symbolize love, fidelity and friendship. The ring has inspired the full Trinity collection, a timeless testament to life’s most memorable loves.
Trinity de Cartier necklace, 18K white gold, 18K pink gold, 18K yellow gold.”
As with the other Trinity pieces, this pendant is composed of three rings fitted together in an imbricating manner. The rings are made of yellow, rose and white gold and hang on a yellow gold chain.
At the Queen’s birthday church service, Kate wore her aquamarine and diamond drop earrings, along with a new pendant necklace.
Many of us in the Kate style blogging world have decided that this is most likely an aquamarine stone. The chain could be either white gold or silver, but I think it’s most likely white gold. The setting around the gemstone looks to be more round than square, and the aquamarine stone is set forward, slightly out of the halo.
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.
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.
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).
Here it is on Kate:
This is priced at $1,200. I know Kate’s is bespoke, so it’s possible hers could have cost a little more.