Kiki McDonough Morganite Double Drop Earrings

On May 20, 2017, Kate wore these special edition earrings to her sister’s wedding.

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

Being that they are special edition, they are not currently available on the website.

They are composed of cushion cut morganite stones rotated 45 degrees and set in a halo of small white diamonds. The post is set in gold. Below this is a bezel diamond suspended above the large oval drop, similar to the posts’ design (morganite surrounded by tiny white diamonds.

Here they are on Kate:

I estimate these cost more than $5,000. Many similar Kiki styles run up to that price.

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Kiki McDonough Pink Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Earrings

On March 28, 2017, Kate wore these earrings to the National Portrait Gallery in London.

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

“Stunning pear drop green amethysts and pretty round pink tourmalines surrounded by delicate diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold make these truly beautiful earrings.”

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

A round pink tourmaline stone is set in a halo of white diamonds. Just under this is a single bezel diamond, and below that is a large pear shaped green amethyst stone, surrounded by small white diamonds.

Here they are on Kate:

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

These were customized for Kate, so her pair are not available for sale to the general public. The bottom stone is also different in shape from the stock image provided by Kiki.

The cost of the ones listed on the company website are  £5,340. Given the size of Kate’s earrings and the material composition, I would estimate hers cost a similar amount.

Dark Brown/Red Stone Teardrop Earrings

Kate wore these unidentified earrings to Middle Temple on October 8, 2012.

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

Here it the closeup:

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

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.

Here they are on Kate:

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

 

G. Collins and Sons Tanzanite & Diamond Pendant

At the National Service of Commemoration on March 13. 2015, Kate wore this stunning and impressive tanzanite and diamond pendant necklace.

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

 

It’s an upside-down pear shaped tanzanite set in platinum. Surrounding the center stone are small white diamonds. The chain is also platinum.

Here it is on Kate.

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

 

The connector section is different from the one in the company’s photo, which leads many of us to believe that Kate’s pendant is bespoke.

The price of this was £8400 at the time Kate wore it. In U.S currency it would be $12,200.

Garrard’s Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

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”. *

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

 

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:

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

 

AFP PHOTO / WPA POOL / Arthur Edwards (Photo credit should read ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
AFP PHOTO / WPA POOL / Arthur Edwards (Photo credit should read ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Photo credit: www.lucychoilondon.tumblr.com
Photo credit: http://www.lucychoilondon.tumblr.com

 

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

 

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.

*The full article can be found here. 

Large Gunmetal Gray Teardrop Earrings

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.

Photo credit: www.allthingscatherine.tumblr.com
Photo credit: http://www.allthingscatherine.tumblr.com

 

Here is a closeup:

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

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.

Here is a repliKate version from Max and Chloe.

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Blabbing About Baubles: White Topaz

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at white topaz.

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

 

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.

Orange topaz sometimes gets confused with citrine. I speak about this a little in my post about citrine. 

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.

Kate’s white topaz jewelry:

Kiki McDonough Grace White Topaz Stud Earrings

Links of London Hope Egg Earrings