Shelley MacDonald Large Bronze Modern Ulu Earrings

On September 29, 2016, Kate wore these handmade earrings created by Canadian goldsmith Shelley MacDonald.

Photo credit: Shelley MacDonald
Photo credit: Shelley MacDonald

The earrings are designed after the knife traditionally used by Inuit, Yup’ik and Aleut women. Traditionally it was made with caribou antler, muskox horn or walrus ivory. In contemporary times, the handle is still made with caribou antler but the blades are made with steel.

Shelley’s designs are handmade by Shelley herself and come in bronze or silver. She offers Small earrings ($49.52 for bronze and $57.25 for silver) and Large earrings ($73.50 for bronze and $88.97 for silver).

Here is an interview conducted by Gemma for What Would Kate Do?  with Ms. MacDonald.

An Interview with Shelley MacDonald, Designer of the Ulu Earrings

 

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Silver Kite Pendant Earrings

Kate was very fond of statement earrings during her twenties. Here is one pair she wore several times.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

 

The earrings look like kites to me: a main base at the top followed by long thin chains draping down alongside the face. They move quite easily and do not appear to be stiff. The ends of the chains carry small metal discs. The earrings hang from a French hook.

Here they are on Kate:

In 2006 at an event.

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Heading to work in December 2006.

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In December 2006 at a club.

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

 

Silver Pear Drop Pendant Earrings with Ball Post

Kate was visiting a nightclub in 2007 when she wore these statement earrings.

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

 

Here is the closeup:

Kate new

Here is the more recent closeup.

They are extremely large earrings. A burnished ball post is the anchor for the pear shaped pendant. The pendant is a concave silver disc with a rim of silver at the borders. It looks like the pendant is gunmetal gray while the ball post is a yellowish gray.I estimated that these are perhaps 3.5 inches long, maybe even longer.

It looks like these are rock crystals, set in a teardrop/small post style. They are possibly set in silver or mixed metals.

Here is a clearer photo of her wearing them.

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

She may have worn them more recently (December 2016) to a private event.

Double Circle Metal Earrings

Around 2007, Kate wore these double drop silver and green stone earrings.

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Here is the closeup:

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Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

At a distance, it’s hard to see the gemstone or bead in the center. The earrings consist of two round pendants. Each pendant is made of two round silver circles, the smaller one settled inside the larger one. Suspended in the center of each double-circle pendant is a single green stone or bead. There appears to be silver connectors on four equal outer sides of the  smaller circle (connecting it to the larger circle) as well as a small silver connector just above the green stone.

I believe this is silver plated or possibly tarnished silver. The dim contrast of the photo doesn’t show us the true shine of the earrings.

Chunky Pink Bead and Silver Lariat Necklace

Kate wore this necklace to a polo match in June 2006.

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

Here is the closeup:

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Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

 

It appears to be a chunky-style lariat Y-shaped necklace. Those could be rose quartz crystals or just pink-colored beads strung on the necklace. There are silver beads laced between the pink beads.

It appears to be a very long necklace, at least 36 inches long. I estimate it could be as long as 40 inches.

Silver Disc Chandelier Earrings

We saw these earrings on Kate at Christmas in 2014.

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

 

Here is the closeup:

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Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

They are made of nine egg-shaped silver discs with black or dark centers, arranged in the following pattern: one disc, two beneath that, three discs beneath the two, then the pattern reverses back to two discs and just one disc at the very bottom. This motif creates a chandelier style.

What is noteworthy about these earrings is that they were worn several years ago by her sister Pippa. So not only do the Middleton sisters share jewelry, they retain their jewelry for many years.

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

This prompts the question: will we be seeing more older costume jewelry on Kate in the future? If she deems the piece appropriate, there is a chance some of her older pieces will come out of retirement.

Anna of My Small Obsessions believes these to be costume jewelry. This could be true. I think they are more likely sterling silver (rather than silver-plated)  because to be owned for seven years or more and not be tarnished most likely happens with sterling silver and not silver plated jewelry.

Update: Marianna of Books, Birkins and Beauty shared with me a photo of her replikate, which is from Accessorize.

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Photo credit: http://mariannalondon.blogspot.it/

There are differences, but it has the same “spirit” as Kate’s earrings.

Accessorize Teardrop Cut-Out Black Stone Earrings

Around 2006-2007, Kate wore these sizable statement earrings.

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Here is the closeup:

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions
Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

It appears to be a stretched teardrop pendant with the inner part hollowed out. At the base of the inner bottom is a round black stone, possibly black onyx. The earring is silver toned and is attached to a French hook.

It looks like Kate wore these to work during the time she was working for Party Pieces.

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