Shopping with Kate: Catherine Zoraida Fern Hoop Earrings

I was able to order these earrings sooner than I expected because there was a sale recently, as well as free shipping.

For my thoughts on the company’s shipping service and packaging, click here. 

The Fern hoops arrived in an embossed leather box lined with black velvet.

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As with the other Catherine Zoraida products I’ve purchased, the detail on the earrings is very impressive and exquisite.

The earrings feel lightweight and aren’t too long or too dramatic. The gold gleams very nicely and is of a rich hue. There is no earring back on it, but the hook is extremely long, so it’s not likely this will push out and fall out of your ear piercing.

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They look even more beautiful in person. I’m very happy I bought these because I would never have seen the gorgeous detail if I didn’t see it up close.

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If you’d like to purchase a pair for yourself, click here. 

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Shopping with Kate: Catherine Zoraida Haul I

After many months of saving and scrimping, I finally managed to make my very first Catherine Zoraida purchase!

It took about 11 days to reach me from the UK (I live in New York City). It arrived in a large UPS envelope. Inside the envelope was this fuchsia foil envelope.

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This is everything that was in the envelope.

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I received two black velvet earring boxes, a Zoraida booklet, a Zoraida business card and a handwritten note from Catherine herself.

It was so lovely of Catherine to include a note she wrote herself. It is a really splendid gesture of appreciation, to let her clients know she truly values our patronage.

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The business card (the back of it is the teal image you see above).

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And the gorgeous catalog I was sent.

The first page features a statement from Catherine.

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The subsequent pages feature product photos of current, available merchandise.

The earrings on the right hand bottom corner are the ones I purchased. 🙂

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The catalog features a photo of one of their most famous clients.

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The back of the catalog includes a slot for the cards I was sent.

Here are the Double Leaf Earrings, worn by Kate.

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With flash:

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I can see why Kate chose these! They are stunning, lightweight, swing nicely and glitter the same way they do in the press photos. You can see that they are somewhat bent. In the media photos I thought they looked like two flat leaves, but I can see now that is not the case. I thought they would be a little heavy, but they’re not. They are just perfect. If you have thought about buying them, I highly recommend that you do.

They come on a French hook.

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The second pair of earrings I purchased are the Hibiscus Sweet Nectar Stud Earrings 

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I am very impressed with the attention to detail on these earrings. They truly look like mini hibiscuses dipped in liquid gold.

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I took a side shot so you can see the tiny gold style in the center.

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I am thrilled with my purchase. I absolutely will be a repeat customer with Catherine Zoraida, and I recommend them if you are looking for high quality jewelry.

Catherine Zoraida Fern Hoop Earrings

Kate debuted these gold earrings at the Rugby World Cup.

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

 

“Made in 18ct gold plated silver, these divine fern earrings add a feminine touch to the traditional hoop earring. As seen on HRH The Duchess of Cambridge. Also available in silver. Width of fern hoop 22mm.”

The first half of the hoop is a standard thin line of gold and it blossoms out beautifully into a curved gold fern, completing the circle of gold. It is attached to a French hook.

Strictly speaking, these are not true hoops. Hoop earrings have a post which is attached directly to the hoop. They do not utilize a French wire/hook. However, Catherine Zoraida officially titled these earrings “hoop earrings” and many people would recognize these as hoop earrings.

Here they are on Kate:

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

It’s lovely to see these on Kate. They are a distant echo of what she wore before her marriage (she regularly wore hoop earrings during her mid 20s), and it’s great to see her in something modern and fun.

The cost of these earrings is £130, or about $200 USD.

Catherine Zoraida Spread Your Wings (Scale) Bracelet

Kate wore this bracelet twice: with her bespoke Alexander McQueen gown to the official state dinner in Malaysia (2012) and to an event in the Solomon Islands (2012).

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

 

From the website: “Beautifully designed and made in England this 18ct gold plated bracelet features an intricately detailed tiered feathered leaf design. The designer bracelet measures 17cm in length and will add drama to any outfit. As seen on HRH The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton).”

The bracelet has a center of four lanceolate-shaped metal pieces arranged parallel to each other. Beneath and above the center are three of the same pieces, three on each end, lengthening the bracelet. This pattern continues with the next two levels: two pieces on each end, then finally one. The ends are finished off with a toggle clasp bar on one end and a hoop on the other. The bracelet is made of gold plated metal (might be silver).

Here it is on Kate:

In the Solomon Islands (it is on her right wrist):

HONIARA, GUADALCANAL ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS - SEPTEMBER 16:  Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, both wearing traditional island clothing, arrive at Governor General Frank Kabui's house as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 16, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are on a Diamond Jubilee tour representing the Queen, taking in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
HONIARA, GUADALCANAL ISLAND, SOLOMON ISLANDS – SEPTEMBER 16: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, both wearing traditional island clothing, arrive at Governor General Frank Kabui’s house as part of their Diamond Jubilee tour of the Far East on September 16, 2012 in Honiara, Guadalcanal Island. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge are on a Diamond Jubilee tour representing the Queen, taking in Singapore, Malaysia, the Solomon Islands and Tuvalu. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

 

At the official state dinner in Malaysia.

Photo credit: www.dianasjewels.net
Photo credit: http://www.dianasjewels.net

 

This is her whole ensemble for the night (information on her earrings can be found here):

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

 

This is priced at £420 or $655.

Catherine Zoraida Double Leaf Earrings

Kate has worn these earrings a few times, but the first and most notable appearance was at the evening reception hosted by the King of Malaysia during William and Kate’s visit to the country in 2012.

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

From the website: “These delicate leaf earrings are made in 18ct gold plated silver. Featuring beautifully engraved feather details they measure approximately 4.5cm and have a wonderfully playful feel to them. These timeless gold earrings are an everyday classic. As seen on The Duchess of Cambridge (Kate Middleton).

Leaf length – 3cm”

They are a intriguing design for gold drop earrings. I’m happy to see these in her collection because they are formal enough for state occasions while being sensible. I think Kate chose wisely when she bought these. They will serve her well for many years.

Photo credit: www.dianasjewels.net
Photo credit: http://www.dianasjewels.net

The earrings consist of two lanceolate-shaped vermeil pieces attached to a hooked ear wire. The leaves are splayed outward, making each leaf visible simultaneously.

She wore them to the aforementioned evening reception in Malaysia, along with her bespoke Alexander McQueen gown.

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

She also wore them to Sandringham in 2014.

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

 

And when she arrived at Yulara Airport in 2014.

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

The cost of these is £140 or $214.