Black & Silver Crystal Bead Necklace

We saw this necklace once at the children’s play in Kensington Gardens (June 2012).

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

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.

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

 

Here it is on Kate.

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

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.

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Zara Crystal Necklace

Fashionistas and royal watchers all over the world were stunned when Kate appeared at the London premiere of “Mandela” wearing a $35 Zara necklace with her custom made Roland Mouret gown.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

 

Kate could have chosen a very expensive diamond necklace to wear to this event. Instead, she went the opposite direction and selected a necklace that the average person could access (both financially and physically, as this was available in Zara stores for a time).

The necklace features a bib style with five rows of sparkly crystal beads which appear to be white or clear. The first two inner rows consist of small beads which look to be the same size on both rows. The next two rows consist of slightly larger beads. The final row consists of the largest beads on the necklace. The beads appear to be set in a metal frame, and not strung on wires. From photos I have seen, there is a lobster clasp in the back, on an adjustable chain.

Here is a look at her complete outfit.

Photo credit: Tim Rooke/REX
Photo credit: Tim Rooke/REX

 

This is available on Ebay from some sellers. There are also decent replicas being made and sold online.

The original Zara necklace cost £19.99 or $35 USD.