Kate was very fond of statement earrings during her twenties. Here is one pair she wore several times.
The earrings look like kites to me: a main base at the top followed by long thin chains draping down alongside the face. They move quite easily and do not appear to be stiff. The ends of the chains carry small metal discs. The earrings hang from a French hook.
We saw these earrings on Kate at Christmas in 2014.
Here is the closeup:
They are made of nine egg-shaped silver discs with black or dark centers, arranged in the following pattern: one disc, two beneath that, three discs beneath the two, then the pattern reverses back to two discs and just one disc at the very bottom. This motif creates a chandelier style.
What is noteworthy about these earrings is that they were worn several years ago by her sister Pippa. So not only do the Middleton sisters share jewelry, they retain their jewelry for many years.
This prompts the question: will we be seeing more older costume jewelry on Kate in the future? If she deems the piece appropriate, there is a chance some of her older pieces will come out of retirement.
Anna of My Small Obsessions believes these to be costume jewelry. This could be true. I think they are more likely sterling silver (rather than silver-plated) because to be owned for seven years or more and not be tarnished most likely happens with sterling silver and not silver plated jewelry.
I was unsure of whether to catalog these earrings because they are not actually Kate’s property. These were borrowed from Queen Elizabeth.
I’m adding a new category, Borrowed Items, to the blog because many pieces that are now borrowed may be passed down to Kate someday. In any case, these pieces are still a part of her ensemble and many people will want to search for replikates.
Kate first wore these to the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles (July 2011).
They are made of three strands of diamonds, the center strand ending in a large pear-shaped diamond made to swing like a pendulum. The strand consist of various shapes of diamonds. Under this trifecta of diamonds is a curved base from which three small strands dangle. The small strands are made of baguettes while the diamonds dangling are round. I am assuming this is set in white gold or platinum.
There is no hook on these, just a small stud which pushes into the earlobe using a post.
Diana’s Jewels gave this information: “During the arrivals for the ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ event, a television announcer said these were loaned from QEII. No confirmation has been given regarding these earrings. When Kate wore the Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch during Canada Day, July 1, an official announcement was given by Clarence House and by the Official British Royals facebook page. For these earrings, no announcements have been made.”
I am wondering if no announcement was made simply because the diamond earrings carry no real significance to the events Kate wears them to? Her use of the maple leaf brooch underscores the iconic symbol of the Canadian flag, so that warranted a mention from Clarence House. The diamond earrings are just a statement piece Kate wears to black-tie events.
Kate wore these oversized pearl and silver earrings to Boujis club in 2007.
Here is the closeup:
The earring appears to be a large silver latticework piece attached to a silver hook. Below this are hung five white pearls. Beneath the three center pearls are attached 3 more white pearls. Beneath the center pearl on the second row is one pearl, forming a deltoid shape.
Kate wore these long and large earrings to Boujis nightclub in 2007.
Here is the closeup:
It looks like a series of small. overlapping circular golden metal pieces arranged in a drop-down chandelier style. There is a gap between the earring and the hook which appears to be substantial. I would fathom a guess that these are costume jewelry.
I don’t know the maker of Kate’s earrings. I did find a similar looking pair on Belk. They are Erica Lyons Gold Coin Kite Chandelier Pierced Earrings.