Sonam Rabgye Endless Knot in Rose Gold

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.

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

 

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.

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

 

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

 

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

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).

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Here it is on Kate:

Photo credit: Getty/Pool Images
Photo credit: Getty/Pool Images

 

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

 

This is priced at $1,200. I know Kate’s is bespoke, so it’s possible hers could have cost a little more.

 

The yellow gold version is available for sale on Sonam Rabgye’s website. 

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Asprey London 167 Button Pendant

Simple and minimal, yet luminous and glamorous, the Asprey 167 Button Pendant has been in the Duchess’s jewelry collection for many years now. She was photographed wearing it before her engagement, during a time when she was working for the company Jigsaw.

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Photo credit: http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/

According to the company’s website, they used “the iconic 167 New Bond Street Button”. The pendant has a “central amethyst stone, surrounded by pave diamonds, all set in 18ct white gold”. The chain it is on is also made of white gold.

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

 

The current retail price is $4,000.

Here it is on Kate during the Royal Tour of Canada in 2011.

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