It was through the generosity of a fellow replikater that I was able to buy this necklace. She sold it to me and made sure to reserve it just for me.
This is the necklace Kate designed for Claudia Bradby when she was working for Jigsaw.
The necklace consists of a 16 inch sterling silver chain with movable pendants: a nugget of rose quartz, a sterling silver bean, and a pink freshwater pearl.
The necklace is light, delicate and surprisingly versatile for such pink pieces. I believed at first that it would look too feminine in tone contrasted with richer hues. It is a cool toned piece but it works against warmer colors, and it’s very wearable as a daily accessory.
Another design aspect I think was made with great foresight and care is the fact that this piece is devoid of prosaic feminine symbols such as butterflies, flowers or hearts. It’s a great way to be inclusive of the diversity among young girls and their personal taste in accessories. I can see a lot of young girls gravitating to this piece because it’s neutral and simple.
Unfortunately Claudia Bradby no longer stocks this, but keep an eye on replikate circles and eBay for a chance to buy it.
Russell & Bromley is a brand that is difficult for me to get my hands on because they don’t ship to the U.S. I was thrilled to find an eBay seller who was selling a pair of the Chester loafers, and for a fairly reasonable price at that.
I took a chance and ordered them.
The shoes arrived in the R&B box, wrapped in tissue paper with inserts in each shoe to shape the front. There was a dustbag on top of the shoes, neatly folded.
The shoes have a leather lining, leather sole lined with rubber, and nubuck.
I wore these for 12 hours straight. The first 8 hours were fine on my feet. After that, my feet hurt a lot. When I got home, I took them off and pressed my fingers on the insoles. They did not give under the pressure and remained stiff. This means I was walking on stiff leather for hours.
The shoes were comfortable to wear for 8 hours. If you would like to buy these, I advise that you wear them for that time frame or less. These are great shoes for wearing on the weekends to run errands, go shopping or attend a barbecue. Casual events that require little to moderate walking.
I’ll keep these for the aforementioned activities I can do while wearing them. I was planning on purchasing the Pinpoint Courts in Red but I think I’ll skip them. If the loafers hurt my feet I imagine the heels would be worse.
I paid $200 for these. On the company’s website they are £185.
At first I thought I missed my chance to own these earrings, (they were sold out everywhere) but a friendly and kind Instagram replikater posted a photo of her earrings and stated she wasn’t sure she would keep them. Taking the initiative, I contacted her and asked if she would sell her earrings to me instead of returning them to the retailer.
Taking the initiative pays off sometimes. 🙂
They were sent to me in their Neiman Marcus box, very well wrapped. Inside the box was an OdlR pouch. The earrings were enclosed in a bubble wrapped plastic bag.
The earrings fastened on with a post and a metal earring back. I wore them for hours and felt virtually no discomfort. When I first put them on, they felt substantially weighty but not unbearably hefty.
Here they are on me.
They appear somewhat large at first, but as the day progressed they started to look more appealing and attractive on my ears.
These are fun to wear if you’re a fan of Princess Diana’s jewelry style. They look best when the hair is pulled away from the face.
On July 12, 2017, Kate wore to the state banquet for King Felipe a stunning statement necklace that has a long and fascinating history.
The Hon. Mrs. Ronald Greville purchased this necklace from Boucheron in 1907. When she died, she left her magnificent and vast jewelry collection to the royal family. This necklace was one of the items sent to them.
Upon Queen Elizabeth II’s marriage to Prince Phillip (at the time, she was Princess Elizabeth) her parents gave her this necklace as a wedding gift.
The Queen wore this necklace up until the 1980s, and in the following years it would lay in the vault until Kate brought it back into the public’s eye.
The necklace is of course, a statement piece. Numerous white diamonds are set into the frame to create floral clusters. Interpersed among the diamonds are ruby stones.
Two “spines” of diamond rows line the exterior and interior of the necklace to frame the floral clusters and create an established structure to guide the design. A large diamond pendant drop is affixed to the base of the entire piece.
We can see that the prongs are set in yellow gold, but the band itself is made of a different metal, possibly white gold but I am not sure.
The stone is most likely ruby, but other possibilities exist.
The bracelet is made of three strands of white pearls, and at least six diamond halo spacers. From what is visible in the photo there are at least two rows of diamond spacers on the bracelet, three spacers on each row.
On July 20, 2017, Kate brought out another pair of Oscar de la Renta earrings.
From the website: “Make a subtle statement in our wear-with-everything button earrings. Crafted with striking gold-plated sun stars, this darling pair is set with lustrous Japanese resin pearls. They’re the perfect pairing to everything from classic knits to trendy dresses.”
These earrings are made of pewter, resin pearls, brass and steel.
They feature a center pearl surrounded by yellow gold plated spikes and small spokes, encircling the center pearl and created a sunray effect.