Jewellery

Welcome to our jewellery page chronicling Kate's jewellery from her engagement ring to the latest pieces she's worn. We'll be updating as new items appear.

Cast your minds back to November 16, 2010, Clarence House officially made the announcement royal fans had been waiting years for: Prince William and his long-time girlfriend were engaged to be married. I recall coming in from a university lecture, switching on Sky News and hearing the joyous announcement. It was the first time the public were introduced to Kate, and on that day a worldwide fascination with everything the future Duchess wore began.

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While Kate's royal blue Issa wrap dress became an instant hit, all we really wanted to see was her engagement ring.

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If we didn't think Prince William was Prince Charming before, we certainly did when we saw he had presented his future wife with his late mother's oval blue engagement ring, which consists of fourteen solitaire diamonds elegantly surrounding a twelve carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold.  Below we see the dazzling ring on Diana and Kate.

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It was created by former Crown Jeweller Garrard & Co. and cost £28,000. The show-stopping ring was featured in Garrard's collection at the time of the engagement and was surprisingly not unique either. Both the Princess Royal's and the late Queen Mother's original engagements rings were both sapphires. Charles did not propose to the, then, Lady Diana Spencer with ring in hand, but instead Garrard was called in to provide samples.

Diana later told her biographer Andrew Morton:

'A briefcase comes along on the pretext that Andrew is getting a signet ring for his 21st birthday and along comes these sapphires - I mean 'nuggets' - I suppose I chose it, we all chipped in. The Queen paid for it.'

It has been said Diana selected it because it reminded her of her mother's engagement ring, however, according to Leslie Field, author of The Queen's Jewels:

'She had said she would like a sapphire and chose this one purely because she liked it. Somebody came up with the story that she immediately went for the biggest, but I asked her and she told me it definitely wasn't the biggest, she simply thought it was beautiful.'

The Prince of Wales and Lady Diana Spencer officially announced their engagement on 24 February 1981, in the grounds of Buckingham Palace. It was later said the ring was too big for her, but there was no time to alter it before the engagement, so one will notice Diana often the held the ring to keep it in place on the day of the announcement.

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After the divorce of Charles and Diana, the possession of the ring returned to Prince Charles and it remained at Kensington Palace. After Diana's tragic death in 1997, Charles took his sons to the palace to select mementos from their mother's possessions. Harry selected the engagement ring, while William chose Diana's £18,000 yellow gold Cartier Tank Française watch. The brothers exchanged mementos when William decided to propose to Kate. Harry thinks of Kate as a sister and it is obvious both princes wanted her to have their mother's ring.

It was incredibly kind of Harry and a lovely gesture on William's behalf who spoke about his choice during the engagement interview:

'It is very special to me. It was my way of making sure my mother didn't miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact we are going to spend the rest of our lives together.'

While Kate had this to say:

'It's beautiful. I just hope to look after it. It's very, very special.'

 Like her late mother-in-law, Kate had the ring resized, asking Crown Jewellers G. Collins & Sons to attach two platinum beads to act as runners inside the bottom of the ring to ensure it did not fall from her finger on the day of the wedding (I had to have my own engagement ring resized and as there are diamonds inset in the band, I was quite worried they would 'pop out'. Thankfully the jewellers did a seamless job!). Diana and Kate's iconic ring has very much earned it's place in royal history and has sparked countless imitations.


Kate cleverly coordinated her look around her engagement ring and kept the rest of her jewellery quite simple. She opted for matching earrings and necklace set by Tiffany & Co. (with thanks to Diana's Jewels and My Small Obsessions). It is believed the set is from a past season Elsa Peretti collection. Below we see the sapphire oval Cabochon by the Yard earrings set in yellow gold, hanging a bezel set diamond stud.

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The matching oval Cabochan by the Yard necklace in 18 karat gold features two bezel-set diamonds on either side of the sapphire. It is believed the piece retailed for roughly one thousand pounds. The exact pieces Kate wore are unavailable (she was photographed wearing the necklace as far back as 2008), but contemporary versions of the set in lapis lazuli are currently available at Tiffany & Co.

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William and Kate's engagement portraits were released in 2010 and taken by the immensely talented Mario Testino in the Cornwall Room, part of the private quarters at St James's Palace.

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Kate's engagement ring (and the couple's romantic embrace) took centre stage. Keeping accessories to a minimum the beaming future bride selected her Links of London Hope Egg Earrings. The £275 white topaz earrings represent hope and new life and are considered a very attractive and important symbol in Russia, commonly given as birthday gifts.


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Moving onto the royal wedding, Kate looked absolutely beautiful in her ivory and satin Alexander McQueen. She accessorised the look wonderfully and I think we all agree she was an impeccably beautiful bride.


Nothing signals a royal wedding like a tiara, and if a future queen cannot wear one on her wedding day, who can? Kate looked regal in the Cartier 'Halo' Tiara lent to her by the Queen.


The 'Halo' Tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and purchased by HRH The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his wife HRH The Duchess of York (later Queen Elizabeth). The tiara is formed as a band of 16 graduated scrolls set with 739 brilliants and 149 baton diamonds. The Duchess of York only wore it once publicly before becoming Queen Consort and moving on to larger and more opulent pieces.

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The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now HM The Queen) by her mother on her 18th birthday, however she has never worn it publicly and like her mother, is said not to have been terribly fond of it.

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The tiara has been loaned out on many occasions to Princess Margaret and Princess Anne over the years, before their own collections grew.

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A look at the tiara with Kate's veil at The Royal Collection's show 'The Royal Wedding Dress: A Story of Great British Design' at Buckingham Palace.

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The royal wedding marked the one and only occasion we've seen Kate wear a tiara thus far. When she does wear one in the future it is very much thought it will be the 'Halo'. It's a nicely sized tiara - not too big, not too small - and what I would describe as an excellent starter tiara. I look forward to seeing the Duchess wear it in the future.


Michael and Carole Middleton had matching earrings commissioned from London jewellers Robinson Pelham as a wedding gift. Their design is derived from the acorn and oak leaves which form part of the Middleton family coat of arms and they perfectly compliment the 'Halo' tiara echoing the scroll elements in the design. The £15K earrings are made of 18 karat white gold and diamonds in the form of a curled diamond set oak leaf top and a pear-shaped diamond set drop with a central articulated pave set diamond acorn.

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When Kate wears the 'Halo' tiara next, I would be very surprised if she doesn't elect to wear the earrings, too.

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Finally, we take a look at Kate's 18-karat gold wedding band. It is made from Welsh gold already owned by the Royal Family and in the care of royal jewellers, a long-standing tradition in the British Royal Family. Both William and Kate had a hand in the design while William elected not to wear a wedding ring because the Prince "isn't one for jewellery".

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How similar is Kate's ring to Welsh gold on offer to the public? Dr Mike Bassett, expert in minerals and mining told the BBC:

'From its discovery by the Romans, up until when the colonial gold rushes of the 19th century opened up new sources, the gold produced in Wales played a reasonable part in the British economy; though it was never regarded as anything distinct from gold in general.
 Welsh gold only became fashionable when the Queen Mother chose it for her wedding ring in 1923. But it really is an 'Emperor's new-clothes' vanity, as it's visually and very nearly chemically indistinguishable; gold is gold is gold.'

 When Prince William gave Kate his mother's iconic engagement ring, many thought the striking piece would be the first of many of Diana's jewels we would see the Duchess wear in time (I tend to agree with that sentiment, but stress "in time"). In 2011, William gave Kate a pair of sapphire and diamond earrings from his late mother's collection, obviously chosen because they work so well with the engagement ring.


Diana had a fabulous collection of jewellery which included quite a few pairs of blue stone earrings. There has been endless speculation on which pair Kate was given. According to the excellent Diana's Jewels, Kate was given a pair of drop earrings. The top sapphire is surrounded by eight diamonds and the bottom by nine diamonds with a single diamond between both clusters. Diana wore them on a number of occasions, notably for the cover of Vogue's July 1994 issue, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier.

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The Princess of Wales also wore them in 1985 when 24-year-old Diana danced with Hollywood's leading men and President Reagan at a glittering White House gala. Worn with a timeless off the shoulder Victor Edelstein gown, Diana never looked more beautiful.

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Below we see a closer look at the earrings. Diana looked rather nervous in the arms of Magnum actor Tom Selleck (I'm reliably informed this is a perfectly normal reaction to dancing with Mr. Selleck :)).

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The bottom part of the earrings may have been re-set for Kate and modified allowing the Duchess to add her own twist to them.

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Below we see a side by side comparison. As we can see Kate's are a sapphire cabochon just like Diana's, leading me to believe they are indeed the pair given to Kate, although I doubt we will ever know with complete certainty.

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Kate has worn the earrings many times and they have become a favourite of hers. In my opinion they looked especially well with Kate's Erdem 'Jacquenta' dress during a 2011 visit to Quebec City. They're classic jewels which will serve the Duchess in good stead for many years to come, and we may even see her have them modified in time to come.


Next, we take a look at the Shamrock brooch which was first worn by the Duchess for an Irish Guards Armed Forces Day in June 2011.


This is a rare piece because it isn't owned by the Royal family. It actually belongs to the regiment and they determine to whom it will be loaned. The Cartier gold three-leaf Shamrock brooch has an emerald stone in the centre.

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It has previously been worn by The Queen Mother, who died in 2002 at the age of 101, and with her passed a long affiliation with and love for the Irish Guards. Her Majesty first attended St Patrick's Day in 1937 but it wasn't until 1964 that she began to present shamrock to the battalion. The Queen Mother continued to present the shamrock very often despite conflicting dates with the Cheltenham races. The Irish Guards became her favourite regiment and carried her coffin at her funeral.

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The Queen Mother once said of the ceremony:

'For 32 years I have had the great pleasure of presenting shamrock to Irish Guards on St Patrick's Day. This gift has enabled me to forge a link with the Regiment which I greatly cherish, and wherever they are serving, at home or abroad, my heart and best wishes will be with them.'

After The Queen Mother's death, The Princess Royal continued the tradition and was also loaned the Shamrock brooch.

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In 2012, The Duchess of Cambridge took on the role and began a long standing arrangement with the regiment. We can expect to see Kate present shamrock on St. Patrick's Day annually and attend medals parades, too. At all of these occasions, we shall see her wearing the brooch.


Moving onto another brooch worn by The Duchess of Cambridge, this time during the royal tour of Canada in 2011: the Maple Leaf.

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The diamond Maple Leaf brooch has quite a storied history; it was given to Queen Elizabeth (later The Queen Mother), by her husband King George VI in advance of their 1939 Canadian tour. On the cusp of war, this was no ordinary tour, but it turned out to be hugely successful. The Queen Mother treasured the brooch until her death, whereupon it passed to The Queen.

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We all love to look at sparkling pieces of jewellery but there's another element to brooches from The Royal Collection I love - Symbolism. The Maple Leaf became the central national symbol of Canada with the introduction of the Canadian flag in 1965, which uses a highly stylized eleven-pointed maple leaf. As the Canadian emblem, it seems fitting royal ladies wear the brooch when undertaking Canadian tours.

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The Queen wore the brooch during the royal visit to Canada, most recently in 2010. Below we see Her Majesty looking regal in red and white whilst meeting the crowds on Canada Day.

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The Duchess followed in The Queen's footsteps by electing to wear the Canadian colours; a white Reiss dress and a red hat with the Maple Leaf brooch for Canada Day.

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It is one of the very few pieces of jewellery members of the Royal family share. The Duchess of Cornwall wore the Maple Leaf during her first tour of Canada with Prince Charles in 2009. It was not lent again to Camilla for her second Canada tour in 2012.

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It will be interesting to see if Kate wears it for her next trip; it's a lovely piece.

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Another look at the brooch on Kate just before the couple left Canada.

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William and Kate visited Los Angeles after Canada and attended a BAFTA reception with Hollywood's elite. The Duchess looked beautiful in an Alexander McQueen gown and a pair of earrings loaned to her by The Queen. No further information was released and they are not well-known pieces.


More from Diana's Jewels:

'This is composed of a bezel-set diamond at the top surrounding three flexible fringes. The fringes are made up of round and baguette diamonds. The central fringe ends with a pear-shaped diamond. The two outer fringes are anchored to a diamond crescent that surrounds the central fringe.'

A closer look at the diamond earrings.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Next, another pair of Kiki citrine earrings: the 'Eternal Citrine Cushion and Diamond'.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Heavenly Necklaces.


Back to our post topic, the pearl earrings are a pair of graduated brilliant cut cubic zirconia and 9mm crystal drop earrings.

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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.

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After Kate graduated from St. Andrews University she took on a role as an accessories buyer for Junior Jigsaw. During this time she collaborated with talented jewellery designer Claudia Bradby who describes her pieces as 'Jewellery For Living'. The two combined their efforts and one of their designs was The Camellia Necklace, which mixes soft green amazonite with rose quartz. The long sterling silver hoop is versatile and very wearable, and was publicly worn by Kate on several occasions. It's interesting to note Kate's input in the design which very much reflected her taste in jewellery at the time.

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Kate enjoyed accessorising her pre-engagement looks with high street and affordable pieces including the £45 Lola Rose Medium Open Heart Necklace.


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It comes in an array of colours and is described this way:

'As seen on Kate Middleton, the classic Lola Rose Medium Open Heart Pendant is a perfect gift for yourself or a loved one. You can feel special in any outfit with this pendant, as the cord can be tied at any length you choose to suit all necklaces.'

In July 2012, Kate and her sister Pippa supported British Number One Andy Murray at the Wimbledon final.

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The Duchess looked crisp in a white suit and accessorised with a Gold Plated Acorn Necklace by UK designer Kristin Magnusson. The acorn forms an integral part of the Middleton family crest; it is quite possible it may have been a gift. To complete the look the Duchess added a chain, thought to be a Cassandra Goad piece.

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From friends' weddings to royal tours, Kate's Asprey 167 Button Pendant is a versatile and classic piece which has served her well in recent years.


Retailing for $3,750, the pendant has a central amethyst stone surrounded by pavé diamonds all set in 18ct gold.

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Kate's diamond cross pendant remains a UFO (Unidentified Fashion Object). It's been in her possession since at least 2005 when she wore it for the wedding of Hugh van Cutsem and Lady Rose Astor.


The Duchess wore it to the Order of the Garter ceremony in 2011.


During the Canada tour Kate wore a lovely gold disk necklace with three layers.


In June 2012, Kate played host to 150 children from her patronage The Art Room at a performance of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in Kensington Gardens. Kate wore a vibrant blue Zara dress and accessorised with a chain bib necklace with black beads. There were a limited selection of photos available and we haven't had a detailed look at the piece yet, but from what we can see, I must say I do like it. It's a statement piece which works well with brighter hues.

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Moving on to those aforementioned showstoppers, beginning with Kate's Cartier Trinity Necklace. In her role as London 2012 ambassador Kate attended an exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery celebrating the road to the games. Undoubtedly, the design of the piece echoed the Olympic rings, however the whopping £49,000 price tag ignited quite the debate.



It is described as:

'The pure simplicity of three magically intertwined circles of pink, yellow and white gold; the circles are set with shimmering diamonds.'

Royal aides said the necklace was "from Her Royal Highness's own wardrobe and she thought it appropriate to wear given the Olympic theme". One would imagine it was a gift given the incredibly high price. Aside from the Olympics I cannot imagine Kate will get a vast amount of wear out of it. It doesn't seem a piece particularly suitable for royal engagements nor is does it have the versatility to work very well for evening looks.

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When we look back at Kate's style in years to come her appearance at the Sun Military Awards will remain a stand out in my opinion. The fitted black velvet McQueen gown looked beautiful on her not to mention the stunning jewels she chose.


The dazzling ruby and diamond necklace and matching bracelet were a wedding gift from a friend. The necklace very much looks like it is convertible into a tiara, a look I do hope we see in the near future. It was the one and only time we've seen the Duchess draped in such magnificent jewels and she carried the look off with aplomb, looking every inch the Duchess. Fabulous, fabulous jewels. Whoever gifted them to Kate has superb taste, I think you'll agree.

Two of our readers Lurdes and Boryana had a hunch the piece were by luxury jewellery MOUAWAD. I wrote to them and received confirmation that they are indeed theirs.

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Kate was photographed shopping at Zara wearing a new pendant which is thought to have been a gift to mark the birth of Prince George. If we look closely we can see a little boy figurine and gold discs.

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Kate debuted a new pendant during a visit to Shooting Star Hospice in December 2013. It has been identified by Jenny and Anna from My Small Obsessions as a piece from the Mappin & Webb Fortune Collection in white gold and diamonds. The £3,950 piece is described as a "contemporary classic, mid-length necklace set in three 18 carat white gold infinity loops; a celebration of luck and good fortune". Mappin &Webb holds a Royal Warrant as Silversmith to HM the Queen and to The Prince of Wales.

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Below we see piece in yellow gold.

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For the UK première of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, in December 2013, the Duchess of Cambridge chose a statement necklace to complete her red carpet look.


On first look, many of us thought the Duchess was sporting a diamond piece (perhaps Cartier) until WKW FB friend Kristen identified it as a Zara piece. The Sparkly Bead Crystal Necklace retails for merely £20, however it is sold out on the US site. No doubt it will prove a popular stocking filler this year.

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Moving on to bracelets, We begin with Kate's charm bracelet.


The gold bracelet was a wedding gift from Kate's step-mother-in-law, The Duchess of Cornwall. The disc charm has Kate's monogram on one side, and Camilla's on the other. Both Cs are under a coronet, but Kate's C has an extra curl, while Camilla's is surrounded by a circle. We haven't seen it in a while but the Duchess wore it quite frequently following the royal wedding at events such as Armed Forces Day and Wimbledon.


Below we see Kate's and Camilla's monograms on official letters.


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Every girl loves Tiffany jewellery, and Kate is no exception. One of her go-to bracelets is her Tiffany & Co. Diamonds By The Yard Bracelet.

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The $525 Elsa Perretti design features round diamonds in sterling silver with three bezel-set diamonds separated by a chain. Kate has worn it with a disk charm on several occasions.

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Kate has only worn her Catherine Zoraida 'Spread Your Wings' bracelet once thus far, at a reception hosted by His Majesty The Agong in Malaysia. The gold bracelet has four gold leaves side by side and a single leaf at its closure. I mentioned before, this was the event where many of us were expecting a tiara but the 18 carat  piece worked with the McQueen dress.



Next, we look at a heart charm bracelet worn by Kate at Harry Aubrey-Fletcher's wedding. It remains unidentified. Perhaps a gift from William? It's a lovely piece.

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Moving on to some serious bling, we previously looked at Kate's diamond and ruby necklace which looks as though it can be converted into a tiara. Today we take a look at the matching bracelet. It is beautiful. The cluster bracelet is truly a statement piece.


Kate debuted a stunning diamond bracelet at a BAFTA event in Los Angeles in 2011. It is believed they are part of a wedding gift from Prince Charles. As we can see the Art Deco design is composed of flower clusters alternating with baguette diamonds.


The bracelet came with matching earrings.

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And possibly the bow shaped ring Kate wore to the 100 Women In Hedge Funds Gala in October 2013.


We also look at Kate's garnet and pearl ring. It has been in her possession since at least 2005 and Kate has been photographed wearing it on multiple occasions both pre and post wedding. Diana's Jewels correctly noted garnet is Kate's birthstone while pearl is William's. I expect it may have been a very early gift from the Prince to his future bride. It obviously holds sentimental significance for Kate.

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Finally, we take a look at Kate's watch. The Duchess has been wearing one much more frequently since Prince George was born. Below we look at her stainless steel and gold plated piece initially thought to be by Gucci.

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It is in fact a two tone Tissot watch, as identified by My Small Obsessions. The Swiss firm was founded in 1853 and since 1983 a member of The Swatch Group Ltd. 

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Kate dazzled in the Payyrus Tiara for her first white-tie event, the annual Diplomatic Reception in December 2013. 


The beautiful tiara belonged to The Queen Mother, after it was made from one of her wedding gifts in 1923; a necklace of a Greek key pattern with pendant diamonds and pearls given by her husband, the future George VI.

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Garrard jewellers dismantled it and created the Papyrus tiara instead. As you can see, it is a very delicate tiara of fanned motifs crowned by floating diamond arches and studded with two pearls at the base and a central top pearl.

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Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother pictured as Duchess of York wearing the tiara.

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The Queen mother gave the tiara to her daughter Princess Margaret, in 1959, before she married Antony Armstrong-Jones. It became one of her most frequently worn tiaras during her younger years.

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Margaret loaned the tiara to her new daughter-in-law Serena Stanhope, who wore it at her wedding to Viscount Linley in 1993. When Princess Margaret died in 2002, it would appear it was returned to the vault until tonight, when The Queen decided to loan it to her granddaughter-in-law The Duchess of Cambridge.

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It has always been a popular piece and many royal watchers will be delighted to see it again. I expect it will remain Kate's 'go-to' tiara for some time and will serve her well in the coming years. It looked exquisite on her, didn't it? She complemented it by wearing her hair half up-half down.

7 comments:

  1. Kate has also been wearing an eternity ring, on her last two outings a full diamond band.

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  2. Does anyone know what happened to the diamond brooch of a polar bear given to Kate on the Canadian tour?? It was presented and disappeared. I realize it is very "unique" but does hse have it or did it go to the vaults?? Also, Princess Anne received one of her main tiaras, the Festoon, for christening a ship- does any one know what gift Kate received for christening the cruise ship just before she stopped appearances before Prince George was born?? I know jewelry is a traditional gift to the sponsor of a ship.

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    1. Wish I could help you out, here. As far as the brooch goes: Going by the usual pattern of the British Royal Family - if that's the route Kate chooses - I guarantee you'll see it again when they are back in Canada, or at a Canadian-themed engagement, or maybe you'll get lucky and she'll wear it soon for one of William and her wildlife conservation engagements, similar to wearing the dolphin brooch for the Diamond Jubilee river pageant.
      I have also been wondering what she received since that engagement was announced for launching the Royal Princess and even Kate didn't know the answer yet, lol. I'd be surprised if it were something as grand as a tiara, though. The public mood in the UK (don't know where you're from, sorry) is not one where a grand gesture such as a diamond tiara would go over well; the austerity programs (their word) initiated by Westminster have made everyone very, very conscious of money, especially when it concerns those already considered to be wealthy by the public. I'm dying to find out what it is, too! Maybe something she wore on the NZ/OZ tour that we weren't told its provenance?

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  3. I just saw the Cartier trinity necklace in person and it is stunning! photos do not do it justice! - Jessica from Texas

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  4. Is there any chance the blue stones on the same pair Kate wore for Easter Services in Oz are aquamarine and not blue topaz? I have a very similar pair, maybe even identical, but they are without doubt aquamarines, diamonds and platinum. Also, these stones tend to flash a greyer blue than blue topaz - unless you are investing in old or top-of-the-line aquamarines - and the length of time Kate has had them makes me doubt she or William were investing in this kind of jewellery at that stage of their relationship - it's more "serious" jewellery than others (assumed) given by William during these years. (Of course, they may be inexpensive and she may have fooled us as she did with the Zara "diamond" £20 collar!) I know I'm late to post, but if anyone knows anything further about those earrings, I'd be grateful for the information.

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  5. I love Kate and I love her jewellery!

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