Kate wore these unidentified earrings to Middle Temple on October 8, 2012.
Here it the closeup:
There is some debate as to whether these are brown or dark red drops. They could be brown, but given that Kate usually coordinates her jewelry to match her outfit, I think it’s likely they could be dark red, perhaps garnet.
They are gemstone drop earrings set in yellow gold. Judging by the way the gold glistens, this could be goldplated brass. I think it’s not solid gold.
Cataloguing Kate’s jewelry collection wouldn’t be complete without a post about her engagement ring.
As many already know, Kate’s ring used to be belong to her late mother-in-law. In 1981, Lady Diana Spencer chose the stone “from a selection presented to her by the then Crown jewellers Garrard of Mayfair. It cost £28,500 but, unusually for a choice by a member of the Royal Family, it was not unique and any member of the public could buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue”. *
The ring was made by Garrard in London, and consists of one large oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. It is set in white gold.
Some reports state that the sapphire is 12 carats. However, Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels believes that it may be 9 carats.
Here it is on Kate:
The ring was thought to be priced at £28,000 in 1981. Today, it’s deemed to be worth £250,000 or more, placing it just at the $500,000 mark.
UPDATE: Someone on Facebook suggested that these could be from Butler and Wilson.
For Kate’s 26th birthday, she went out clubbing in a white coat and these statement earrings.
Here is a closeup:
The earrings look like hematite in some ways, although this is probably not the material they are made of. The earrings are attached to an upside down tear drop crystal connected to a large gunmetal gray teardrop-shaped pendant. Looking at the shine of these, I wonder if this is made of some kind of PVC material.
If anyone can find out who makes these earrings, please let me know.
Today we’ll be taking a closer look at white topaz.
Topaz is the silicate mineral of aluminum and fluoride. It’s crystals tend to be prismatic crystals (formed as multi-faced crystals) with pyramidal faces (formed as triangular crystals) and other faces.
Pure topaz is colorless (clear). Topaz that contains impurities have some hue to them. They can be red, white, yellow, blue-brown, gold, reddish-orange or reddish-yellow.
Topaz can be heat treated to reach a desired hue. Depending on the natural color of the stone, it can be heat treated to create pink topaz, blue topaz, and other shades. For example, pink topaz (which is rare), can be created from brown or pale topazes.
I didn’t know this until I looked it up, but it seems like some people purchase white topaz engagement rings instead of diamond engagement rings. You can read about it here.
Following up on the previous post, this is the matching bracelet to the necklace, also worn at the Sun Military Awards in 2011.
Here is the closeup:
Echoing the design of the necklace, the bracelet is made of white gold and features two lines of small round diamonds encircling the wrist. In between the two lines are smaller lines of diamonds running perpendicular to them, creating “cells” for the rubies and diamonds to be set inside them. Small circles studded with diamonds and flower-shaped rubies with diamond centers alternate between each cell, creating a diamond circle/ruby flower/diamond circle motif. I believe this has a fluid link (fold over clasp).
This is believed to be a part of a set Kate received when she married William.
We have seen this necklace at the Sun Military Awards in December 2011.
Here is the closeup:
It is widely believed that this (along with the matching bracelet) were wedding gifts.
The necklace is made of a connecting chain of small diamond circles running around the neckline. Suspended on each circle is a short straight line of white gold studded with diamonds. In between the circles are longer lines of diamonds. The lines alternate between short and long lengths to give it a unique pattern. At the very tip of each line is a flower-shaped ruby with a diamond center. I believe the whole necklace is set in white gold.
Given the design and weight of this necklace, I believe it has a fold-over, snap-shut clasp in the back. A necklace like this would need a sturdy clasp, and a lobster clasp would not seem strong enough to hold it in place.
My Small Obsessions received notice that this necklace and bracelet is worn by others, but in sapphires and not rubies. The photo I linked here shows the necklace and bracelet on Samira Said. I’m not sure if Kate’s was customized to have rubies (instead of sapphires), but I know that her necklace is not custom made in terms of design, because Samira owns the same necklace with different stones.