We saw this necklace once at the children’s play in Kensington Gardens (June 2012).
It’s a chain bib-type necklace made of silver, black beads and what appears to be crystal beads. It drapes down in a small bib whose longest point reaches the sternum. The collar of the necklace consists of sparkling black beads along the length of the chain.
Here it is on Kate.
I believe this is costume jewelry. I haven’t been able to find other photos of this necklace, so I wonder if this was purchased after her wedding.
Kate wore this necklace to the National History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year gala in October 2014.
It’s a gorgeous necklace and I hope to see it again during one of her future engagements.
Update: She wore this to the National Portrait Gallery on May 4, 2016 to view Vogue `100.
According to the website, it’s “18ct Rose Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver in Diamond:.
From Monica Vinader: “Featuring Riva’s signature organic shape in 21 interconnecting hoops, and pavé set diamonds totalling 0.84 carats, this bib is the epitome of elegance. Measuring approximately 11cm in length by 5.5cm in width, with an adjustable 18 inch chain, this statement piece looks beautiful teamed with the Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings.”
The hoops are an interesting shape. They’re far from perfectly round, and each hoop is shaped differently from its sibling. They are also sized differently.
This necklace is certainly one of the more unique pieces Kate has worn since getting married.
Kate wore this with her lovely pale jade Jenny Packham dress and LK Bennett shoes. I am totally in love with this dress. I’m looking forward to seeing her don it at another event.
You can view her dress and shoes below.
From the Daily Mail: “And then, in 2014, Monica hit the jackpot. The Duchess of Cambridge – who, let’s face it, isn’t short of jewellery options – wore the designer’s Riva collection earrings (£745) and necklace (£2,000) to an evening gala at the Natural History Museum.
‘I knew nothing about it as my press team had lent them to her people and they’d told them to tell no one else in the company,’ says Monica.
Monica’s mobile didn’t stop buzzing with texts, while the UK offices received a flurry of calls and emails through the night, and the rest of the collection sold out in the U.S. that evening.
‘It doesn’t get any bigger than her,’ Monica smiles.”
I am assuming that these were purchased from Monica Vinader at some point after the gala at the National History Museum. I know that Kate prefers to pay designers for their merchandise and almost never accepts gifts.
She wore this to the National Portrait Gallery on May 4, 2016.