Queen Alexandra’s Wedding Necklace

On October 23, 2018, Kate debuted a historic piece for a state dinner at Buckingham Palace.

In 1862, Garrard received a commission from Queen Victoria’s son Edward, then Prince of Wales, for a wedding parure. It was a gift for his bride Alexandra.

It is a very elaborate and ostentatious piece, featuring 8 mabe pearls, three teardrop pearls, and ropes of white diamonds, some forming small half loops in the center.

Kate is not known for donning statement necklaces often, so it was a delightful surprise to see her wear this.

Here it is on Kate:

 

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Emerald and Diamond Statement Necklace

On February 18, 2018, we received confirmation that Kate’s statement emerald pendant earrings and bracelet are a part of a suite of jewels.

She wore this opulent necklace to the BAFTAs.

The necklace is made of white diamonds, yellow diamonds, and four prominent emerald stones, arranged in an almost circle at the center of the necklace  and as a pendulum drop below the center. I suspect this piece is set in either platinum or white gold.

Boucheron Ruby and Diamond Bandeau Necklace

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.

Here it is on Kate.

Ruby and Diamond Necklace

Matching her new earrings closely, Kate also wore this necklace on the first day of the 2017 Poland/Germany tour.

The necklace’s pendant looks like an oval version of her tanzanite pendant necklace. Small white diamonds frame the oval ruby stone in the center. The pendant looks to be set in white gold, and the chain looks to be made of white gold.

There is some discussion about whether or not this is a G Collins and Sons piece. It certainly looks like it, but we would need to wait for confirmation. I don’t think this is a set to go with her earrings because the settings are completely different.

Here it is on Kate:

Beige Smooth Shell Necklace

On May 24, 2011, one of Kate’s first engagements upon returning from her honeymoon was to meet with the Obamas.

She accessorized her lovely Reiss Shola dress with this shell necklace.

The necklace appears to be made of elongated, curved pale beige shells speckled with a black pattern. I don’t possess enough knowledge of conchology to identify what type of shells they are. I speculate that they could be some type of cowry shell. I found these and these images of cowrie shells. They both look similar to the pattern on Kate’s necklace.

Here it is on Kate.

Mabe Pearl Necklace

On March 17, 2017, Kate wore this mabe pearl necklace to a reception held at the British Embassy in Paris.

Photo credit: My Small Obsessions

Many of us suspected it could be the matching necklace to the Balenciaga earrings she also wore. If one looks at the border of the pearl setting, it lacks the crystals the Balenciaga earrings feature.

One of the more unique pieces Kate owns, this necklace features four large mabe pearls suspended in a somewhat asymmetrical pattern. One mabe pearl is centered on a metal chain (possibly white gold) and under this are two pearls on slim chains, the left chain considerably shorter than the right chain. The second pearl on the right side has one more pearl attached below it. The chain drop is shorter than the drop for the pearl above it. This gives it the aforementioned asymmetrical effect.

Here it is on Kate: