Pippa Small Large Kite Earrings

On September 26, 2016, Kate wore these earrings to greet First Nations communities and visit the Great Bear Rainforest.

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

From the website: “An ode to the kites that fly throughout South Asia for the annual kite festivals, the kite is such a simple joy of childhood. The triumph of that thin paper taking off in a gust of breeze up into the sky, the ducking and twirling up there in the sky with the birds. The 18 kt Gold kites flutter on these beautiful double drop earrings.”

A smaller rhombus shaped gold piece is placed on a larger rhombus shaped gold piece. Both are set on a gold hook. The smaller piece has rounded edges.

Photo credit: everythingplus.com
Photo credit: everythingplus.com

The price of these is $1,100 or £850.

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Blabbing About Baubles: Gold

Kate has worn yellow, white and rose gold in her jewelry pieces. Let’s take a look at its chemical composition and what it really is.

Gold is a chemical element, found on the Periodic Table of Elements with the symbol Au and is a group 11 element. It is one of the least reactive chemical elements, and is considered to be a transition metal.  Under normal conditions, gold is firm and not liquid-like. Because of this solid state, it is often found in nuggets or grains.

Photo credit: www.nevada-outback-gems.com
Photo credit: http://www.nevada-outback-gems.com

 

Gold is considered to be the most noble of the noble metals and is the most malleable of all metals.

Have you wondered why there are different colored golds? Pure gold is slightly reddish yellow in hue. This happens with alloys, which are a combination of pure gold and another metal.  By definition, pure gold is 24k. Colored gold alloys are less than this. Denominations such as 10k, 14k, 18k, etc inform the consumer on how much pure gold is in a piece. This explains why the higher numbered karats tend to be more expensive. The increase in the amount of pure gold in the piece increases the value of the item.

White gold– an alloy of pure gold and a white metal, such as nickel, manganese or palladium.

Rose gold- an alloy of copper and pure gold. As one can imagine, the higher the content of copper, the more red/rosy the gold would appear to be. If the gold appears to be pinker than red, it contains more gold than copper.

Yellow gold- an alloy mixed with silver or copper.

Here is the link to Kate’s gold jewelry  as well as her white gold jewelry

Kiki McDonough Eden Diamond Flower and Citrine Drop Earrings

At the Hillsborough Castle in Northern Ireland, Kate attended a garden party on June 14, 2016. She wore these Eden Flower earrings in citrine.

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

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.

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

 

Here is the closeup:

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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.

 

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

 

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.

Cartier Diamond Tricolor Gold Trinity Hoop Earrings

On June 9, 2016 Kate wore these hoop earrings to the SportsAid dinner at Kensington Palace. The dinner celebrates the 40th anniversary of SportsAid.

Photo credit: https://www.1stdibs.com/
Photo credit: https://www.1stdibs.com/

 

The earrings are comprised of three hoops in yellow gold, white gold and rose gold, respectively. Each hoop is studded with 7.35 carat white diamonds.

Photo credit: Eddie Mulholland - WPA Pool/Getty
Photo credit: Eddie Mulholland – WPA Pool/Getty

Here they are on Kate:

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

These cost $49,000 at 1stdibs.

KristinM London Gold Acorn Pendant Necklace

Kate wore this necklace to Wimbledon in 2012.

Photo credit: Kristin M London
Photo credit: Kristin M London

 

From the website:

“The necklace is made of solid sterling silver gold plated with 18ct yellow gold. The acorn is around 9x8mm.
This necklace comes in three different lengths – 35, 41 and 46cm but as with all KristinM jewellery this can be altered at your request.

Also available in white or rose gold.”

The pendant is a yellow gold plated acorn with a very detailed and sculpted image, made to closely resemble an actual acorn. It hangs from a long chain. I think the chain is about 20 inches or more because it falls lower on her chest than an 18 inch chain would.

Kate also wear a box chain with this necklace.

Photo credit: www.whatkatewore.com/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Press Association
Photo credit: http://www.whatkatewore.com/Kirsty Wigglesworth/Press Association

 

Some are speculating the chain could be from Links of London. I am not sure, but if it is I would think Kate would wear it more often. It may just be a silver chain owned since before her marriage.

Here is the necklace on Kate:

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

 

This necklace costs £140 or $200 USD.

Shopping with Kate: Catherine Zoraida Haul I

After many months of saving and scrimping, I finally managed to make my very first Catherine Zoraida purchase!

It took about 11 days to reach me from the UK (I live in New York City). It arrived in a large UPS envelope. Inside the envelope was this fuchsia foil envelope.

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This is everything that was in the envelope.

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I received two black velvet earring boxes, a Zoraida booklet, a Zoraida business card and a handwritten note from Catherine herself.

It was so lovely of Catherine to include a note she wrote herself. It is a really splendid gesture of appreciation, to let her clients know she truly values our patronage.

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The business card (the back of it is the teal image you see above).

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And the gorgeous catalog I was sent.

The first page features a statement from Catherine.

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The subsequent pages feature product photos of current, available merchandise.

The earrings on the right hand bottom corner are the ones I purchased. 🙂

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The catalog features a photo of one of their most famous clients.

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The back of the catalog includes a slot for the cards I was sent.

Here are the Double Leaf Earrings, worn by Kate.

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With flash:

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I can see why Kate chose these! They are stunning, lightweight, swing nicely and glitter the same way they do in the press photos. You can see that they are somewhat bent. In the media photos I thought they looked like two flat leaves, but I can see now that is not the case. I thought they would be a little heavy, but they’re not. They are just perfect. If you have thought about buying them, I highly recommend that you do.

They come on a French hook.

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The second pair of earrings I purchased are the Hibiscus Sweet Nectar Stud Earrings 

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I am very impressed with the attention to detail on these earrings. They truly look like mini hibiscuses dipped in liquid gold.

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I took a side shot so you can see the tiny gold style in the center.

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I am thrilled with my purchase. I absolutely will be a repeat customer with Catherine Zoraida, and I recommend them if you are looking for high quality jewelry.

Vinnie Day Gold Disc and Citrine Pendant Necklace

At the Youth Reception in Canada (2011), Kate wore another Vinnie Day piece, a bespoke necklace.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions/Vinnie Day
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions/Vinnie Day

 

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.

From My Small Obsessions: 

“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.