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.
Kate first wore these earrings on the Royal Tour of Canada this year. She wore them again on her first solo overseas trip to The Netherlands.
These earrings are not unfamiliar to some of us. Anna of My Small Obsessions notes that both Queen Elizabeth II and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have worn them. Anna believes this pair belongs to the Queen and she loans them to other Royal women.
They are quite simple: a diamond stud on the earlobe and an egg shaped pear drop attached as a dangle. I have seen video of Kate wearing these earrings. The pearl moves freely so I can confirm that they are not stationary.
On October 14, 2016, Kate debuted these new button earrings.
From the website: “Gilded details nod to natural oysters and Art Deco discs in these show-stopping button earrings, accented with lustrous Swarovski crystal pearls in statement, sea-inspired design. Handcrafted in America from weightless gold-plated pewter, this simple silhouette incorporates just the right amount of elegance into any look.”
• 5/8” long x 5/8” wide
• Clip backs with comfort pads
• Pewter / crystal pearl / brass
• Nickel-free / lead-free / cadmium-free
I admit I didn’t quite catch the reference to pearls in oyster shells until I read the description. It’s a clever design consisting of a round pearl centered in a hammered metal setting.
The earring attaches to the lobe by a post. The base of the main component is slightly curved at the rim, echoing the natural curvature of an oyster shell.
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.