At the Queen’s birthday church service, Kate wore her aquamarine and diamond drop earrings, along with a new pendant necklace.
Many of us in the Kate style blogging world have decided that this is most likely an aquamarine stone. The chain could be either white gold or silver, but I think it’s most likely white gold. The setting around the gemstone looks to be more round than square, and the aquamarine stone is set forward, slightly out of the halo.
Queen Jetsun Pema gifted this rose gold and diamond pendant necklace to Kate during her visit to Bhutan. Kate wore it while departing Bhutan to head to Agra, India on April 16, 2016.
We first got a close look at this necklace through the hard work and efforts of Anna, who runs My Small Obsessions.
It was revealed in the media that this was a gift from the Queen of Bhutan. We eventually learned that it was created by Bhutanese designer Sonam Rabgye.
The Endless Knot “ overlaps without a beginning or an end, symbolising the Buddha’s endless wisdom and compassion. It indicates continuity as the underlying reality of existence.” (via Religious Facts).
I personally received the following information from the company:
“The pendant was a special order from Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen Queen of Bhutan as a gift for the Duchess of Cambridge who visited Bhutan with HRH the Duke of Cambridge.
In fact, I was caught breathless when I heard that the Duchess was wearing the piece! I felt so humbled yet grateful to our wonderful Queen for her support and kindness.
This custom made Endless Knot necklace is an auspicious Buddhist symbol representing the harmony of wisdom and compassion.”
I spoke to Sonam on Twitter and she confirmed that Kate’s necklace is made of rose gold (the website offers a yellow gold version).
Here it is on Kate:
This is priced at $1,200. I know Kate’s is bespoke, so it’s possible hers could have cost a little more.
“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.
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.
Kate wore this necklace to her university graduation.
At first, I didn’t realize it was the same necklace she wore in this post, because it was flipped around.
The pendant is a thin gold quatrefoil with a 6 petal gold flower in the center. There is a green gemstone in the middle of the flower. Four marquise-shaped green stones reach from the corners of the flower to touch the inner curve of the quatrefoil. The green stones may be emeralds, tsavorite garnet, or simply colored quartz.
The discussion surrounding this necklace is quite interesting. At first, I believed this to be a mere costume jewelry piece. After reading some information on My Small Obsessions, I found out that this could actually be an antique necklace. A MSO Facebook fan discovered an Edwardian era necklace that is in the same style as Kate’s necklace.
With this new information, I have some questions:
1) If this really is an antique piece made of real gold and real gemstones,. why doesn’t Kate wear it more often? It’s obviously a valuable piece of fine jewelry.
2) If Kate no longer wears this, does this mean she does not have access to it? Was it a borrowed piece? Is it a family heirloom that truly does not belong to Kate?
3) If this is not an antique necklace, is it simply costume jewelry made to imitate Edwardian style jewelry? To me, the gold does sparkle in a way costume jewelry gold doesn’t.
We saw this necklace most recently at Charlotte’s christening, but Kate has owned this since August 2014.
From the website: “A sparkling and versatile diamond pendant from the Mappin & Webb Empress collection set with 0.40 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds in 18 carat white gold on a 46cm (18 inch) chain adjustable to 40.5cm (16 inches). The motif measures 15mm (0.59 inches) in diameter.”
As with the matching earrings, this pendant features a round disc with an elaborate cut-out motif in the center. Four spearhead-shaped cut-outs frame the center, which is a small diamond studded floral piece.
Kate wore this to the “Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red” art installation at the Tower of London.
As mentioned above, she wore this to her daughter’s christening.
From the Mappin & Webb website: “A stylish elegant pair of drop earrings from the Mappin & Webb Empress collection set with 0.88 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds set in 18 carat white gold. These earrings measure 30mm x 15mm and feature a secure carriage fastening.”
There are a second pair of earrings on M&W’s website that bear a resemblance to these. The marked difference is that the center of Kate’s features an ornate floral center. The other pair has a simpler round centerpiece.
Here they are on Kate.
I believe she is wearing the matching necklace. You can somewhat see the necklace in the photo below.
Some more photos from the christening:
Kate holding her daughter Charlotte.
Prince Phillip, Queen Elizabeth, the Duchess Camilla, Kate, Prince William and Prince George.
The cost of these earrings is £3.450 or approximately $5,360.