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.
On November 13, 2016, Kate brought out a pair of earrings that have been worn in public before, but just not by her.
At the Rememberance Day 2016 event, she accessorised with Queen Elizabeth’s Bahrain earrings.
They are named such because the single pearls which grace the very ends of the pendant components are from a wedding gift bestowed upon Princess Elizabeth from the then ruler of Bahrain. It was a shell containing seven pearls. Two of the seven were used to make these earrings.
Each earring is set with eight white diamonds: a larger round stud acting as the earring’s post, one small round stud just under it, three baguettes arranged with the longer diamond in the center, flanked by two shorter baguettes, three small white diamonds shaped as a triad, and finally the gifted pearls finish off the unit.
On November 22, 2016, Kate wore this pair of diamond earrings.
We know she borrowed them from the Queen, because HM wore them in 2012.
The main component of the earrings is a substantial pendant drop. The drop features a loop of small white diamonds formed into a teardrop shape. The center of the loop contains a linear formation of diamonds: three small bezels and one larger at the bottom. The pendant is affixed to a pear shaped stud. The stud features a single white diamond in a halo setting. Flanking the section between the pendant and stud are two marquise diamonds.
Kate first wore these earrings on the Royal Tour of Canada this year. She wore them again on her first solo overseas trip to The Netherlands.
These earrings are not unfamiliar to some of us. Anna of My Small Obsessions notes that both Queen Elizabeth II and Sophie, Countess of Wessex have worn them. Anna believes this pair belongs to the Queen and she loans them to other Royal women.
They are quite simple: a diamond stud on the earlobe and an egg shaped pear drop attached as a dangle. I have seen video of Kate wearing these earrings. The pearl moves freely so I can confirm that they are not stationary.
Kate has borrowed this bracelet more than once from Queen Elizabeth.
It was gifted to QEII from Prince Phillip when they were married in 1947.
Prince Phillip dismantled his mother’s tiara (she was Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark) and used the diamonds (set in platinum) to make a new bracelet. It certainly has a Grecian influence: the motif is primarily geometric and angular.
Queen Elizabeth II has worn it for portraits and other significant events.
Queen Elizabeth II loaned this brooch to Kate for the North American tour in 2011. The maple leaf is a Canadian icon, it’s image imprinted on the Canadian flag.
The brooch is a very detailed replica of a single maple leaf. It has what looks like 7 full leaves and a slim stem. I think this is made of either white gold or platinum (most likely white gold) and it is encrusted with white diamonds.
Kate wore it three times in Canada:
For Canada Day.
The Concert at Parliament Hall.
At Rotary Challenger Park.
According to Diana’s Jewels, this brooch was worn by the Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth II, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate. It was first given to the Queen Mother by her husband, King George VI, in 1939 (thanks to The Royal Order of Sartorial Splendor). It was then passed onto her daughter, who now loans it out to her daughter-in-law and granddaughter-in-law.
I was unsure of whether to catalog these earrings because they are not actually Kate’s property. These were borrowed from Queen Elizabeth.
I’m adding a new category, Borrowed Items, to the blog because many pieces that are now borrowed may be passed down to Kate someday. In any case, these pieces are still a part of her ensemble and many people will want to search for replikates.
Kate first wore these to the BAFTA Brits to Watch event in Los Angeles (July 2011).
They are made of three strands of diamonds, the center strand ending in a large pear-shaped diamond made to swing like a pendulum. The strand consist of various shapes of diamonds. Under this trifecta of diamonds is a curved base from which three small strands dangle. The small strands are made of baguettes while the diamonds dangling are round. I am assuming this is set in white gold or platinum.
There is no hook on these, just a small stud which pushes into the earlobe using a post.
Diana’s Jewels gave this information: “During the arrivals for the ‘BAFTA Brits to Watch’ event, a television announcer said these were loaned from QEII. No confirmation has been given regarding these earrings. When Kate wore the Diamond Maple Leaf Brooch during Canada Day, July 1, an official announcement was given by Clarence House and by the Official British Royals facebook page. For these earrings, no announcements have been made.”
I am wondering if no announcement was made simply because the diamond earrings carry no real significance to the events Kate wears them to? Her use of the maple leaf brooch underscores the iconic symbol of the Canadian flag, so that warranted a mention from Clarence House. The diamond earrings are just a statement piece Kate wears to black-tie events.