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.
“The necklace is made of solid sterling silver gold plated with 18ct yellow gold. The acorn is around 9x8mm.
This necklace comes in three different lengths – 35, 41 and 46cm but as with all KristinM jewellery this can be altered at your request.
Also available in white or rose gold.”
The pendant is a yellow gold plated acorn with a very detailed and sculpted image, made to closely resemble an actual acorn. It hangs from a long chain. I think the chain is about 20 inches or more because it falls lower on her chest than an 18 inch chain would.
Kate also wear a box chain with this necklace.
Some are speculating the chain could be from Links of London. I am not sure, but if it is I would think Kate would wear it more often. It may just be a silver chain owned since before her marriage.
We saw this necklace once at the children’s play in Kensington Gardens (June 2012).
It’s a chain bib-type necklace made of silver, black beads and what appears to be crystal beads. It drapes down in a small bib whose longest point reaches the sternum. The collar of the necklace consists of sparkling black beads along the length of the chain.
Here it is on Kate.
I believe this is costume jewelry. I haven’t been able to find other photos of this necklace, so I wonder if this was purchased after her wedding.