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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Blabbing About Baubles: Morganite

Today I will be talking about pink morganite, which we’ve seen Kate wear once.

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

 

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

 

Morganite is an aluminum beryllium silicate. It is known as  “pink beryl”, and among the beryls, morganite is the rarest form. The color can range from pale pink to peach to violet-pink (as shown in the photos above).

Morganite is named for American banker and gemstone collector J.P. Morgan. The two most significant morganite deposits are found in Brazil and Madagascar.  Some other noteworthy sources for fine gem-quality morganite include Afghanistan, China, Mozambique, Namibia, Russia, Zimbabwe and the USA (California and Maine). Pink morganite was first identified as such by gemologist George D. Kunz in 1910 in California (George was also a buyer for Tiffany & Company).

Morganite is not usually heated or alternated, but sometimes low heat is used to enhance the color and erase undesired yellow tones.

Morganite is considered to be somewhat rare. This could explain why Kate’s morganite drops are so expensive.

Kate’s morganite jewelry:

Kiki McDonough Morganite Cushion Drops 

 

Kiki McDonough Morganite Cushion Drops

Kate added a third pair of Kiki McDonough Cushion drops to her earring collection when she wore these pink morganite ones to Commonwealth Day Church Service in March 2015.

 

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

 

From the website: “Two looks in one make these earrings an irresistible buy; featuring a subtle and very pretty pale pink morganite cushion drop on an elegant 18ct white gold and diamond tapered hoop. Build your collection of Kiki drops; they all fit on the same gold or diamond hoops”

.They’re simple cushion cut drops made of pink morganite and connected to a white gold hoop.

Here they are on Kate:

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I speculate that these might be a Christmas or birthday gift (her birthday is in January). They would have been perfect with her hot pink Mulberry coat that was worn to the 9/11 Memorial during her and William’s December trip to NYC. She wore the green amethyst version of these earrings with that coat. I’m sure she would have worn these earrings had they been in her possession.

Here is the closeup:

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Photo credit: hrhcatherineduchessofcambridge.blogspot.com

She wore them to the Brookhill Children’s Centre in March 2015.

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And (finally!) with the bright pink Mulberry coat to the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust engagement in March 2015.

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These are priced at £3,400 or $5,385.

They are rather expensive because these come with the diamond hoops. I don’t see a shopping option which allows one to purchase the drops alone (at least not at the moment).