There's quite a lot to remember about Kate's appearance at the 2008 Boodles Boxing Ball; it was the first time we saw William and Kate side by side at a social occasion and Kate's beautiful pink Issa gown (such a pity it's unlikely to get another public outing). That evening the then Ms. Middleton accessorised with a striking pair of Tiffany earrings (with thanks to the brilliant My Small Obsessions). The £745 Elsa Peretti Mesh Earrings are sterling silver with round brilliant diamonds.
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Kate in 2007 wearing a pair of Jigsaw earrings. She was working for the brand as an accessories buyer during this time.
Zimbabwean jeweller and sculptor Patrick Mavros creates works inspired by the natural world of his native Matabeleand and the tribal customs which accompany his culture. It is no surprise Mr. Mavros's work caught Kate's eye; she was photographed wearing his £150 Ndoro Dangle Silver Earrings several times pre-engagement.
Ndoros are Southern Africa's most striking totems of prestige and beauty. They are originally a sea shell which has been ground flat into their distinctive whirl shape. The sterling silver earrings feature five small dangling ndoros.
Moving on to Kate's exquisite collection of Kiki McDonough earrings, the Duchess owns several pairs which have served her well across a wide variety of official and personal appearances. A simple pair of stud earrings are the perfect understated finish to any look. Kate chooses Kiki's Grace earrings.
The white topaz stud earrings are described as one of Kiki's 'most popular styles', and these delicate earrings can be worn out everyday. Each earring features a round gemstone surrounded by small diamonds set in 18ct gold.
For Kate's first Christmas with the Royal family at Sandringham in 2011, she debuted a gorgeous pair of 18ct gold and diamond green amethyst earrings. The £1,900 pair were originally available in citrine on the designer's website and are believe to have been a customised version for Kate, ordered by Prince William as a gift for his new wife.
The Duchess is a fan of citrine jewellery and among her prettiest pieces are the Kiki Classic Citrine Pear Drop Earrings. A simple and extremely wearable style, these earrings are set in 18ct gold and inject a vibrant pop of colour to the face.
Next, another pair of Kiki citrine earrings: the 'Eternal Citrine Cushion and Diamond'.
The £1,200 pieces are described this way:
'Sophisticated and chic, these beautiful yellow gold drop earrings dazzle with vibrant citrine and diamonds, and are equally stunning worn casually during the day or to add drama to an evening look.'
The Duchess wore them to Cheltenham this year.
One of Kate's most colourful pairs of earrings are her Kiki Classic Peridot, Blue Topaz and Diamond Earrings.
The Duchess also has a pair of blue topaz and diamond hoops by Ms. McDonough. They're very eye-catching and add youthful glamour to any look.
We now take a look at Kate's gorgeous Links of London Effervescence Bubble Stiletto Earrings, which she wore for her first red carpet appearance following the royal wedding - the 2011 Ark Gala.
The $225 pieces are described as:
'Sterling silver bubbles come together to form tactile clusters on these Effervescence Bubble Stiletto Earrings. Lavender iolite stones echo the iridescence of bubbles, creating perfect jewellery for evening glamour.'
Dorothée Pugnet, Head of Women's Jewellery at Links of London said, "The Effervescence collection can be treasured by all women. It represents joy and celebration and will have a special bond with each woman who wears it."
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The Duchess wore her Vinnie Day Gold Plated Logo Leaf Earrings during the 2011 Royal Tour of Canada. The ever popular pair retail for £114, the hoops themselves are 1.5cm with the leaf hanging off each hoop being 1.5 cm. Vinnie Day's collections are inspired by different countries and the original Leaf Collection, is a direct reflection of the landscape and acacia leaves of the Great Rift Valley where Vinnie was brought up.
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I do rather like the Duchess's Cassandra Goad Temple of Heaven Earrings. The 9ct yellow gold pieces retail for £1,365 and are most definitely an investment piece.
Below we see Kate wearing the earrings during a visit to the Imperial War Museum last year.
Part of Kate's signature style is her ability to mix high-end designer pieces with affordable high street items and this applies to her choice of earrings, too. In September 2012, the Duchess wowed in a floor length bespoke Alexander McQueen gown for a state dinner in Malaysia hosted by His Majesty The Agong. This was the one occasion where many of us royal fans, bloggers and reporters felt there was a strong possibility we would see the Duchess don a tiara.
Instead, Kate selected minimalist jewellery, opting for £140 Double Leaf Earrings by Scotland-born designer, Catherine Zoraida. The 18ct gold plated silver earrings are undoubtedly a very pretty pair, however, many felt this was an occasion to bring out pieces from The Royal Collection. There was a lot going on with the dress, while it was beautiful.
We also saw Kate debut a couple of colourful new pairs of affordable earrings during last year's tour beginning with the £36 Serretta Red Sponge Coral Earrings.
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Kate's Aqua Chalcedony Disc Stud Earrings by Azuni retail for just £25. They are lovely pieces and add a colourful flair to any look, and are described as, "Old meets new with these unique, antique style stud earrings". The earrings are textured 24ct matt gold plate finish with semi precious stone drops.
Let's take a look at Kate's stunning Beaut Jewellery Ava-Eva Earrings. The dazzling Art Deco designs are part of the brand's Vintage Style Collection. The handmade silver earrings with 9ct gold hoops and crystal paste stones retail for £195.
Kate first wore the shimmering earrings with a one-shoulder Jenny Packham gown at the National Memorial Aboretum dinner at St James's Palace in 2011.
Like many woman, Kate's trusty pearl earrings are her go-to accessory for many of her looks. They remain a classic, add sophistication and are often considered the ultimate pair of earrings to have. Kate's Triple Stone Round Pearl Drop Earrings are by UK brand Heavenly Necklaces.
Back to our post topic, the pearl earrings are a pair of graduated brilliant cut cubic zirconia and 9mm crystal drop earrings.
Kate's other favoured pair of pearls are from Annoushka Jewellery, while the hoops are from her Kiki McDonough Green Amethyst Earrings as mentioned earlier in the post.
Below, we look at Kate's diamond and emerald earrings.
There are quite a few other pairs in Kate's collection, but unfortunately several of them remain unidentified, whilst I've including other pieces - including Kate's engagement, bridal and borrowed jewellery - in previous posts. Please do share your favourites in the comments section! :)