Kiki McDonough Green Tourmaline and Green Amethyst Oval Drop Earrings

Hat tip to My Small Obsessions for the swift ID of these.

To a lunch engagement with the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 12, 2016, Kate wore these new Kiki earrings.

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

It seems that they were made specially for Kate to celebrate the birth of Charlotte.

The earrings are composed of round green tourmaline stones and oval green amethyst stones. They are set in what looks like yellow gold and framed with small diamonds. I think the diamonds might be white, but I’m not sure. In Kiki fashion, a single bezel diamond is suspended between the two drops.

 

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Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

Here they are on Kate:

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Photo credit: http://hrhduchesskate.blogspot.com/

These are made to order and cost £3,500 or $4.985.

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RepliKate for Kiki McDonough Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings

I think I have a decent repliKate for the green amethyst cushion cut drops on gold hoops.

I used my Zales hoops and I got the green amethyst drops from Heavenly Necklaces. 

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For comparison, here is the Kiki version:

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

 

And here they are on Kate:

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

 

The HN version are slightly larger at 12mm, Kate’s version is 10mm. I also think her version is more cool-toned. Mine is more yellow (although the difference is very slight).

Kiki McDonough Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings

These are a favorite of Kate’s and she wears them quite frequently.

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

 

The photo from Kiki McDonough’s website shows the yellow gold version, complete with yellow gold hoops.

. Kate appears to own the drops that have yellow gold settings and links, but her hoops are the white gold version with diamonds.

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

The website describes these as: “Dazzling green amethyst and 18ct yellow gold cushion drops only.”

It appears that the hoops are made of white gold.

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

 

These, along with her Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Oval Drops seem to be her go-to earrings whenever she wears a green or bluish outfit.

She wore these to the opening of the ICAP Art Room at Northolt High School in February 2014.

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Photo credit: www. zimbio.com

She also wore them during her December 2014 trip to NYC.

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Photo credit: http://strictlykatemiddleton.blogspot.com/

 

The hoops retail for £500, or $775 and the amethyst drops retail for £800, or $1,240.

Side note: In case you missed it, I wrote a post explaining the truth behind green amethyst.

Blabbing About Baubles: Green Amethyst

I want to talk about some of gemstones Kate frequently wears. Today I’ll be talking about green amethyst.

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Interestingly enough, green amethyst is not amethyst at all. How odd that it’s called so, right?

The actual name for it is prasiolite. Prasiolite can be created by heating quartz until it changes to a soft light green color. It can also be heated to create a darker shade of green. Some prasiolite is known to be synthetic because it resembles a deeper green shade (such as mint or kelly green). Most of the prasiolite on the market is heat treated.

Prasiolite can be naturally occurring. It is found in a mine in Brazil, and not so long ago prasiolite was discovered in Poland. However, it is rare to find it as the leek green color we see in Kate’s earrings. Therefore, most prasiolite we see in jewelry is heat treated.

Prasiolite is commercially marketed as green amethyst because jewelers want to boost interest in the gemstone. It is easier to do this by associating it with a more commonly known gemstone. So this is why it is called green amethyst (despite not being actual amethyst).

The word “prasiolite” comes from the Greek words “prason” and “lithos” and means “leek stone”.

Kate’s prasiolite pieces:

Kiki McDonough Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Cushion Drop Earrings

Kiki McDonough Kiki Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Oval Drop Earrings

Kiki McDonough Kiki Classic Green Amethyst and Diamond Oval Drop Earrings

It is said that these earrings were a customized Christmas gift from William to his new wife. Kate first wore these for the royals’ annual visit to Sandringham in 2011.

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

From the company’s website: “Two looks in one make these earrings an irresistible buy; featuring an oval green amethyst drop surrounded by diamonds set in 18ct yellow gold, on an elegant 18ct yellow gold and diamond hoop. Wear the hoops on their own or add the drop for a stunning classic look. Build your collection of Kiki drops; they all fit on the same gold or diamond hoops.”

These earrings are made of green amethyst (this term is a misnomer. I will be writing a post that explains more. Post can be found here) in an oval shape set in an 18k yellow gold setting. It is noticeable that the oval is arranged in a horizontal direction as opposed to a vertical direction. There are tiny diamonds surrounding the oval.

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

 

Her diamond hoops are also made of yellow gold.

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

 

You can better see the yellow gold on the hoops in this photo.

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

 

Kate has worn these quite often since Christmas 2011. Most recently, she wore them when she filmed a public service announcement addressing mental health issues in children.

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

 

The cost of these earrings is £2,600 or approximately $3,850.