At the Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, Kate attended a garden party on June 14, 2016. She wore these Eden Flower earrings in citrine.
The citrine version does not appear on Kiki McDonough’s website. It is widely believed that these earrings are bespoke.
The website offers a Lemon Quartz version.
Here is the closeup:
A flower shaped diamond stud with a hollowed out center is connected to a round citrine drop set in a white diamond halo setting. The earrings are set in yellow gold. A single bezel diamond is suspended between the stud and the drop.
Here they are on Kate.
Since these were bespoke, we don’t have a confirmed price, but the Lemon Quartz earrings retail at £2,900. I am assuming that is their cost is close to that number.
At the Youth Reception in Canada (2011), Kate wore another Vinnie Day piece, a bespoke necklace.
At first, many people couldn’t ID this necklace because we couldn’t find it on Vinnie Day’s website or any other company’s website. The reason for this is because it was a bespoke piece made just for Kate.
“Vinnie Day sent this photo of the gold citrine necklace Kate wore during the North American in 2011 to Arwenn who was enquiring about the necklace for herself. As you see, here all details match, chain, tiny citrine, size and everything.
I got this ID, when I was doing my posts on Duchess’ jewellery. Vinnie Day left a comment saying “Hi Anna, The UFO Necklace with circle pendant is one of my bespoke pieces. Please update this on your blog. Many thanks, Vinnie Day” “
It consists of three pendants. The first is a round, flat gold-plated disc covered with a dimpled texture. On top of this is a smaller disc, also round, flat and gold-plated, with a smooth surface (I suspect it was placed there to give the necklace some contrast). The second disc is nearly half the size of the first disc. The final pendant is a small round citrine stone in a gold-plated halo setting. It sits atop the other two pendants, so all three pendants are visible at all times.
Here is it on Kate.
From the information above, it seems that one can request a necklace made for them if they so desired.
Kate is known to be very fond of citrine. Today I will be talking about this gemstone.
The name “citrine” derives from the word “citrus”. The lemon yellow color citrine can be prompted its name. Citrine is heat treated quartz. It is sometimes pushed into the same category as topaz (they are both the birthstone for November), but it doesn’t have much in common with topaz (which is a higher quality gem).
Citrine has a hardness of 7 on the Mohs scale. As shown in the photo above, citrine can come in various shades: pale yellow to deep honey to dark amber.
Yellow quartz is rare in nature, but it can be found (it has been found in Spain, Arran, France and Hungary).
The Citrine Pear Drop Earrings are a favorite jewelry item of the Duchess. She has worn them many, many times at various events and functions. It appears that she has owed her pair since at least 2011. I hear from My Small Obsessions that she was seen wearing these earrings in July 2009.
These earrings are a part of the Kiki Classics collection. The company website states: “A simple and extremely wearable style, these earrings feature a pear drop citrine set in 18ct yellow gold, perfect for adding a touch of colour to the face.”
In this photo, Kate is wearing them during the Royal Tour of Australia in 2014.