[CLOSED] Giveaway: Heavenly Necklaces Pearl and Diamond Earrings

Update: This giveaway is now closed. 

My favorite outfit from the Paris tour is the black Alexander McQueen dress.

Those who made the correct guess had their names randomized.

Congratulations to Shana!

Shana, please email me at katemiddletonjewelry@gmail.com with your full name and address.
Today marks the blog’s second birthday!

To celebrate, I’m giving away one (1) pair of Pearl and Diamond earrings to the reader who correctly guesses which ensemble is my favorite outfit from the recent Paris tour.

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

If more than one person chooses the correct outfit, I will place all names in a random generator and select a winner that way.

Catherine Walker Green Coat

Alexander McQueen Sleeveless Black Dress

Jenny Packham Icy Blue Gown

Chanel Tweed Coat dress

Carolina Herrera Red Coat

You must be 18 or older to enter.

The winner will be announced April 18, 2017. Follow me on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) to find out who wins.

 

 

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Shopping with Kate: Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo Leaf Earrings

I hadn’t intended to buy these earrings, but while scrolling through Instagram I spotted another replikater selling her pair for just $100 USD.

The retail value of these is £128, or $160 USD. I wasn’t sure when I would get such a good discount, so I bought them.

According to Vinnie Day, “These are a wonderful pair of earrings which we find never go ‘out of fashion’.  They are easy to wear both by day and night. Comfortable to keep in the ears.  The hoops themselves are 1.5cm with the leaf hanging off each hoop being 1.5cm so in total the earrings hang 3cm from the ear hole.”

They were sent to me in their original box.

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The gold is a little dulled from time and use, but they still shine well. They are lightweight and look very pretty in person.

My trouble with them came with securing the loop to keep the earring on. The slender metal component that pushes into the ear piercing needs to be slipped into the tiny hole at the other end of the hoop (as you can see in the photo). I had a tremendously difficult time finding the tiny hole, as I cannot see the back of my ear once the earring is in. I would have been able to do it faster if I had someone helping me push it in. It also takes a bit of maneuvering to pull the metal component and hole apart so the metal component doesn’t vacillate on either side of the hole and continuously evade it.

Eventually, I was able to secure it, but by the time it was in, my earlobe was aching and hurting from being pulled, twisted and tugged.

Here they are on my much fatigued ear.

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I don’t recommend these because they are too difficult to fasten. It seems to be quite a bit of work to get them secured. I will keep them because I like the way they look and I think they are beautiful. After my initial experience with them, I suspect I know why Kate doesn’t wear her pair any more. She must have similar troubles locking in the hoop.

These are still in stock at Vinnie Day.

Asprey 167 Button Earrings

On February 4, 2017, at a relay race event to promote Heads Together at Olympic Park, Kate brought out the matching earrings to her 167 Button pendant necklace.

We were not sure about their provenance at first, but after examining photos I contacted Asprey and received confirmation.

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The earrings’ components are the same as the pendant: “central amethyst stone, surrounded by pave diamonds, all set in 18ct white gold.”

Here they are on Kate.

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

I do not currently know the price for these. If I find one I will update.

Shopping with Kate: York Scarves Maple Leaf Tartan Scarf

I held a poll a while back asking readers whether we should expand this blog’s content to feature clothing and accessories worn by Kate. The majority voted “yes”. Some people did vote ” no”. Out of respect for these people, I will limit the posts that are not related to jewelry to only exact items worn or used by Kate.For non-jewelry items, please check out: Replikate Community.

Today’s example is an item worn by Kate during the Royal Tour of Canada in 2016.

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

York Scarves sells their products wholesale, making it impossible for the average consumer to purchase from them directly. An Etsy shop named Juniper Accessories carries York Scarves. It was from this shop I ordered my scarf.

The scarf arrived within three weeks time of order confirmation. It shipped from the UK to NYC. It was mailed in a plastic gray mailer. The scarf itself was neatly folded and encased in clear plastic wrap.

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The scarf is thinner than I expected, making wrapping and arranging easy. It doesn’t feel heavy or cumbersome around my neck, and it keeps me warm in cold December. The material is soft and feels comfortable against my skin.

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The current listing price on Juniper Accessories is $12.85. I paid just under $6 for shipping.

 

Teardrop Diamond Cluster Pendant Earrings

On November 22, 2016, Kate wore this pair of diamond earrings.

We know she borrowed them from the Queen, because HM wore them in 2012.

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

The main component of the earrings is a substantial pendant drop. The drop features a loop of small white diamonds formed into a teardrop shape. The center of the loop contains a linear formation of diamonds: three small bezels and one larger at the bottom. The pendant is affixed to a pear shaped stud. The stud features a single white diamond in a halo setting. Flanking the section between the pendant and stud are two marquise diamonds.

Here they are on Kate:

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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.

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.