Replikate for the Knotted White Bead Necklace

I acquired an older, mostly overlooked replikate.

Photo credit: http://waity-katie.skyrock.com/
Photo credit: http://waity-katie.skyrock.com/

Here is the closeup of Kate’s knotted white bead necklace.

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I found my replikate on Etsy. It came from a shop called Sideshow Sam.

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The differences:

-Kate’s beads are more egg shaped or oval. Mine are circular discs.

-My necklace is strung on a plastic wire. It is not as readily movable as Kate’s necklace (which I believe is on a string.

I paid $16 for these at Sideshow Sam.He had just this one in stock. It is possible to find long white bead necklaces online so keep searching. It is best to purchase one that is 24-30 inches long so you can knot it at the middle.

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Replikate for the Double Drop Pearl Earrings

When I first saw the double drop earrings on Kate, they didn’t catch my attention immediately. In time, they became more appealing to me and when I found an eBay seller who offers a great replikate, I bought a pair from them.

These are Kate’s earrings:

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These are my earrings. They arrived in a small box, enclosed in an organza bag.

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The earrings are made of sterling silver and freshwater pearls. The luster on the pearls is exquisitely beautiful.

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The main difference is that hers are yellow gold and mine are silver.

I really like them. For now I am fine with them being silver because it’s not noticeable from a distance and it’s a minor detail.

I bought these from goldbank on eBay. I paid $33.48. At the time of writing, there are two pairs of earrings available for purchase. If you are not able to obtain a pair for yourself, look into hiring an Etsy or local jeweler to make a custom pair for you. These have a fairly simple design and should not be difficult to replikate.

Tips For Obtaining and Affording Replikates

A follower contacted me to ask how I manage to afford the replikates I buy. This post will offer advice and tips on developing a financial strategy that will allow you to purchase the replikates you covet.

1) Save money whenever and wherever possible:  When I am saving up for a replikate, I don’t buy $5 lattes or go out to lunch or buy magazines. I tell myself that the lattes can wait but the replikate is more important to me. If I reserve the money I spend on frivolous and unnecessary purchases, that means I will reach my financial goal (and the item I want to buy) much faster. I nearly always bring lunch to work so I can save money on eating out.

2) Set a savings goal: For example, I want to buy the Monica Vinader Siren Wire Earrings in Green Onyx. They cost $195 so my target goal is about $200. Once you settle on a real number, your goal becomes easier to focus on.

3) Check social media: Many replikaters change their minds about their purchases and put them up for sale. Some will resell at reduced prices and some will sell at full retail value. Either way, it is worth frequenting Twitter, Facebook and Instagram on a regular basis to find out of stock or hard to find replikates.

4) Check EBay and use general search terms:  If specific search terms bring you no luck, try general search terms (ex: “LK Bennett dress” instead of “LK Bennett Cayla”. This is more of a repli-Diana and not a replikate, but I obtained a pair of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Venus earrings by using this search technique. The seller was unaware of the earrings’  true name or their famous connection. If I had searched for “MMA Venus earrings” instead of “MMA jewelry”,  my hunt would have most likely continued to be fruitless. I was even able to buy them at half price because the seller had no knowledge of their FRV.

5) Make lots of replikater friends: Apart from the fantastic and fulfilling friendships I have gained in the replikate community, I have been able to gain a few replikates through connections I’ve made online. An Italian friend sent me a pair of Accessorize earrings as a gift because replikating is not as prolific in Italy as it is in the U.S. The earrings were sold out in my country. I am very grateful to my friend for helping me out, and I know I would have never gotten them had she not mailed them to me.

6) Be patient:  Sometimes it takes weeks or months to finally get what you want. It took me a year to save up for the Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf earrings. It was agony waiting for them, but my patience paid off in the end!

7) Look at international sites and department stores: Many people look at the company website and forget that department stores and other businesses carry the same lines Kate wears. Check these sites for restocking events. If you are fortunate enough to live in a town that has such a department store, go directly to the store and physically search for the garment. Some stores include replikate items under general store sales. Neiman Marcus recently held a 20% off sale which applied to Kiki McDonough jewelry. Keeping an eye on department store sales could lead you to deeply discounted replikates.

8) Wait for holiday sales:  Many companies offer holiday sales. Links of London usually has a 20% off sale during the holiday season. Catherine Zoraida also offers discounted items at the end of the year (my Fern Hoop earrings were purchased for about $165 because they were discounted and I had a code for 10% off). I recall Claudia Bradby had a good sale going on in late August or early September, and the Camellia necklace was on sale at that time. Check the websites frequently for orders

9) Sell anything valuable you don’t need and do odd jobs for extra cash:  I sell off my old jewelry and other items then put the money toward my next replikate purchase. I baby-sit, clean apartments and fulfill cookie orders (people really enjoy my baked goods) to earn extra cash. If there is an odd job or side gig you are able to do, do it and put the money in your replikate savings.

I hope you found my advice useful and beneficial. Please comment below if you have advice to contribute.

Pippa Small Large Kite Earrings

On September 26, 2016, Kate wore these earrings to greet First Nations communities and visit the Great Bear Rainforest.

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

From the website: “An ode to the kites that fly throughout South Asia for the annual kite festivals, the kite is such a simple joy of childhood. The triumph of that thin paper taking off in a gust of breeze up into the sky, the ducking and twirling up there in the sky with the birds. The 18 kt Gold kites flutter on these beautiful double drop earrings.”

A smaller rhombus shaped gold piece is placed on a larger rhombus shaped gold piece. Both are set on a gold hook. The smaller piece has rounded edges.

Photo credit: everythingplus.com
Photo credit: everythingplus.com

The price of these is $1,100 or £850.

Pearl Drop and Diamond Stud Earrings

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.

Update: The Telegraph has stated these were loaned to Kate by the Queen.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

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.

Here they are on Kate:

Photo credit: Anne Janssen
Photo credit: Anne Janssen

 

Oscar de la Renta Pearl Gold Disc Button Earrings

On October 14, 2016, Kate debuted these new button earrings.

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

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.

Here they are on Kate:

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

This pair retails for $190

Shelley MacDonald Large Bronze Modern Ulu Earrings

On September 29, 2016, Kate wore these handmade earrings created by Canadian goldsmith Shelley MacDonald.

Photo credit: Shelley MacDonald
Photo credit: Shelley MacDonald

The earrings are designed after the knife traditionally used by Inuit, Yup’ik and Aleut women. Traditionally it was made with caribou antler, muskox horn or walrus ivory. In contemporary times, the handle is still made with caribou antler but the blades are made with steel.

Shelley’s designs are handmade by Shelley herself and come in bronze or silver. She offers Small earrings ($49.52 for bronze and $57.25 for silver) and Large earrings ($73.50 for bronze and $88.97 for silver).

Here is an interview conducted by Gemma for What Would Kate Do?  with Ms. MacDonald.

An Interview with Shelley MacDonald, Designer of the Ulu Earrings