Cartier Trinity de Cartier Earrings

On March 18, 2017, Kate debuted these dainty earrings in Paris.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

From the website: “Designed by Louis Cartier in 1924, the Trinity ring is a signature design of the Cartier Maison. The three interlaced bands in pink, yellow and white gold symbolize love, fidelity and friendship. The ring has inspired the full Trinity collection, a timeless testament to life’s most memorable loves.

Trinity de Cartier earrings, 18K white gold, 18K pink gold, 18K yellow gold, each set with 1 brilliant-cut diamond of 0.04 carat.”

Here they are on Kate:

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

These cost $2,040.

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Cartier Trinity de Cartier Necklace

On March 18, 2017, Kate wore this necklace in Paris.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

From the website: “Designed by Louis Cartier in 1924, the Trinity ring is a signature design of the Cartier Maison. The three interlaced bands in pink, yellow and white gold symbolize love, fidelity and friendship. The ring has inspired the full Trinity collection, a timeless testament to life’s most memorable loves.

Trinity de Cartier necklace, 18K white gold, 18K pink gold, 18K yellow gold.”

As with the other Trinity pieces, this pendant is composed of three rings fitted together in an imbricating manner. The rings are made of yellow, rose and white gold and hang on a yellow gold chain.

Here it is on Kate:

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

The cost of this is $1,890.

Kate Spade Pretty Pom Tassel Earrings in Sumac

On April 4, 2017, Kate donned  a surprisingly whimsical choice of earrings for opening night of 42nd Street at the Drury Theatre.

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

From the company: ” according to our creative director, deborah lloyd, “tassels are the new bows.” and, in bright hues, the ultra-chic design elements are especially well-suited to jewelry. each of the earrings and pendants in our new pretty poms collection is made from colorful silk thread and glass beads, for a look that’s equal parts elegant and eye-catching.”

The earrings are made of silk tassels in crimson and tomato red hues, interspersed with gold plated rings to cinch the threads into tassel form.

The earrings are about 3.5 inches long. They are suspended from a French hook.

Here they are on Kate:

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

They cost $98 USD.

Kiki McDonough Pink Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Earrings

On March 28, 2017, Kate wore these earrings to the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Photo credit: http://www.kiki.co.uk

“Stunning pear drop green amethysts and pretty round pink tourmalines surrounded by delicate diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold make these truly beautiful earrings.”

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

A round pink tourmaline stone is set in a halo of white diamonds. Just under this is a single bezel diamond, and below that is a large pear shaped green amethyst stone, surrounded by small white diamonds.

Here they are on Kate:

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

These were customized for Kate, so her pair are not available for sale to the general public. The bottom stone is also different in shape from the stock image provided by Kiki.

The cost of the ones listed on the company website are  £5,340. Given the size of Kate’s earrings and the material composition, I would estimate hers cost a similar amount.

In Defense of Replikating

The burgeonings of the “Kate Effect” could arguably be pinned down to one specific date: 16 November 2010. Since this day (and since that deep sapphire blue Issa dress), women all over the world have been responsible for the rapid depletion of fashion inventory donned by the Duchess. Replikaters love collecting and wearing the designs of their favorite royal style icon.

In the midst of booming business, rising sales and many overflowing closets, the Kate effect has garnered quite a bit of criticism and derision. Some people feel that we are wasting our time attempting to emulate Kate’s style when there are more important issues in the world, and that replikating is a silly, wasteful hobby.

I oppose their stance, and here is why: there are many positive things to note and admire about replikating. It harms no one (unless one is unwisely accumulating credit card debt to pay for replikates), it is exciting to dress like a royal, and it gives us a positive fashion role model to take style cues from.

I will list further reasons as to why the critics are wrong.

  • Everyone needs inspiration sometime: Many women are stuck in a fashion rut, or don’t know how they can change their style. I personally experience this problem frequently. Becoming a replikater has encouraged me to try out new things I would have never thought to try if I hadn’t been following Kate’s evolving style. Her fashion journey has positively influenced my own fashion journey. I never even wore scarves or sunglasses until I started replikating. I owe these wardrobe additions to Kate’s influence.
  • It allows women to bond: I have met so many kind, generous, amiable people since joining the replikate community. It truly feels like a warm and loving community to me. It is amazing to see women supporting each other and working together as friends and sisters. On a personal note: as a teenager, my family didn’t have the money to buy the beautiful clothes I longed to wear. My strict parents also didn’t allow me to hang out with my friends or have friends over, so I could not have the female bonding experience I craved. As a replikater, I feel like I finally have the chance to gush over clothes and accessories with other women, an experience I was denied as a teenager.
  • It lets us discover new brands: There are many British and non-British brands I never heard of until I saw them on Kate. Replikating has opened up the gates for me, exposing me to brands like LK Bennett, Reiss, Whistles, and a slew of other designers. In addition, it allows us to support lesser known designers. Her use of high street pieces means I can wear Azuni, Shelley Silversmith and Mirabelle.
  • It is a healthy hobby: Replikating is a positive and happy hobby for me. I suffer from depression, PTSD and social anxiety disorder. My happier moments are spent scrolling through social media sites looking at my friends’ latest purchases, buying replikates from those who no longer want them, and seeing the multitude of clever and innovative ways my fellow replikaters mix and match their replikates. When my work day has been brutal and overtaxing, coming home and returning to the community is what makes my evening so much brighter.
  • Kate is a positive, conservative style role model for many of us: While the styles of Beyonce and Rihanna are gorgeous and breathtaking, they are not practical for the average woman. Most of us require more demure, modest outfits for work and our daily lives. Kate fills this fashion void. She wears pristine and elegant garments, clothing we can see ourselves wearing. We often look to celebrities for new fashion trends and ideas. Kate is a public figure, but she’s a more relatable public figure. She is the famous woman we can attainably dress like.

 Of all the things in the world one can grouse about, replikating should not be one of them. There are far worse things people can do with their time, and more important things people can object about. A fashion hobby that brings others so much joy and community building should be the least of anyone’s annoyances.

Bahrain Pearl and Diamond Earrings

On November 13, 2016, Kate brought out a pair of earrings that have been worn in public before, but just not by her.

At the Rememberance Day 2016 event, she accessorised with Queen Elizabeth’s Bahrain earrings.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

They are named such because the single pearls which grace the very ends of the pendant components are from a wedding gift bestowed upon Princess Elizabeth from the then ruler of Bahrain. It was a shell containing seven pearls. Two of the seven were used to make these earrings.

Each earring is set with eight white diamonds: a larger round stud acting as the earring’s post, one small round stud just under it, three baguettes arranged with the longer diamond in the center, flanked by two shorter baguettes, three small white diamonds shaped as a triad, and finally the gifted pearls finish off the unit.

Here they are on Kate.

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[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.