Here is the closeup of Kate’s knotted white bead necklace.
I found my replikate on Etsy. It came from a shop called Sideshow Sam.
-Kate’s beads are more egg shaped or oval. Mine are circular discs.
-My necklace is strung on a plastic wire. It is not as readily movable as Kate’s necklace (which I believe is on a string.
I paid $16 for these at Sideshow Sam.He had just this one in stock. It is possible to find long white bead necklaces online so keep searching. It is best to purchase one that is 24-30 inches long so you can knot it at the middle.
When I first saw the double drop earrings on Kate, they didn’t catch my attention immediately. In time, they became more appealing to me and when I found an eBay seller who offers a great replikate, I bought a pair from them.
These are Kate’s earrings:
These are my earrings. They arrived in a small box, enclosed in an organza bag.
The earrings are made of sterling silver and freshwater pearls. The luster on the pearls is exquisitely beautiful.
The main difference is that hers are yellow gold and mine are silver.
I really like them. For now I am fine with them being silver because it’s not noticeable from a distance and it’s a minor detail.
I bought these from goldbank on eBay. I paid $33.48. At the time of writing, there are two pairs of earrings available for purchase. If you are not able to obtain a pair for yourself, look into hiring an Etsy or local jeweler to make a custom pair for you. These have a fairly simple design and should not be difficult to replikate.
I’ve been drawn to costume/non-fine jewelry lately, so Kate’s pre-marriage Eye of Shiva earrings started to appeal to me a couple of months ago. I searched Etsy for a pair which look similar to hers.
For comparison, here are Kate’s earrings:
And here are mine:
I ordered them from Thailand. They took about three weeks to reach me.
Some Eye of Shiva earrings display the shell’s outer surface on the back. The shop I purchased these from capped the back with sterling silver discs.
The silver discs give them some weight and increase the likelihood of them swinging to the side.
I am happy with them The earrings cost $18 USD and I paid $4 for shipping from Thailand to the U.S. It did take almost a month to reach me, so I must warn you that the seller is not known for fast shipping. Other than that my earrings arrived in perfect condition and as shown in photos.
I never thought I would own the CZ by Kenneth Jay Lane Duchess Pave Pendant because the retail price is $169. I didn’t love the piece well enough to spend so much money on it.
I found a seller on Ebay who was selling it at a flat price of $45. I jumped at the chance to buy it.
For comparison, here is the M&W pendant.
It arrived in a black box with foam padding tucked inside.
Here is a closeup of the pendant:
The back of the pendant. You can somewhat make out the KJL logo on the back of the connector:
The differences between this one and the real necklace:
-A more obvious difference is that this one is made of cubic zirconias and silver, not white gold and diamonds.
-The pendant is 23mm in diameter. The M&W one is 15mm.
-The connection between the chain and pendant is made possible by a metal loop which is visible from the front. The M&W necklace positions the pendant between the two chains connecting it, making it appear as though the pendant is suspended between the chains.
I think it’s a good replica. It’s very accurate in terms of design but not size.
After my disappointing experience with the Kenneth Jay Lane ring, I kept searching for another replikate.
I found a very nice one on Ebay from Blink of an Eye.
That organza bag you see on the left contains the ring.
The stone, I was pleased to see, is a nice shade of blue. It looks sort of violet-blue in some lights.
And here it is on my hand. Nail polish is Essie Allure.
The size I ordered is 7. My ring finger is a size 6.5, but they didn’t have half sizes and I could wear this on my middle finger (which is a size 7) so I went ahead and got it.
Even on my middle finger, it feels a little loose but it doesn’t slide off easily. I can wear this on an outing and manage to not lose it.
The size of the stone looks to be very close to Kate’s ring. I think it looks very big on me because of my small hands. I estimate it to be a little larger than the real thing, but it’s still much closet to it in size than the Kenneth Jay Lane ring.
The border of ‘diamonds’ is set tightly around the center stone, not set individually as is with Kate’s ring. The border is also thicker than it is on her ring.
My favorite shop for replikates created one for the much adored Citrine Pear Drop Earrings.
The golden crystal is lighter than it appears to be.
Here the Kiki version on Kate.
Here is the replikate on my earlobe.
I think this is a very good replikate. At a distance, it looks very similar to the Kiki version.
The differences are:
-The metal frame surrounding the crystal is thicker on the replikate.
-The replikates are gold plated and not solid gold.
-From what I have seen in photos, the real ones have an endless hoop closure, not a leverback.
-The originals are more amber/honey colored citrine. The replikates are colored crystal.
What do you all think? Does this pass as a decent replikate?
I have decided that I want to own the originals made by Kiki McDonough. They are expensive, but I desperately want to own at least one Kiki item that is owned by Kate, and I love citrines anyway. It makes sense to buy them. It will be an investment piece.
When I do buy them, I will be able to properly compare them to these and show you all the photos. 🙂
While at Francesca’s, I also spotted a very good substitute for Kate’s well-used Grace studs.
Here are the Kiki McDonough Grace studs.
And here are the Francesca’s repliKates.
They are made of sterling silver and cubic zirconia.
The differences are:
-The Grace studs look larger than these.
-The materials are sterling silver and CZ, not white gold, diamonds and white topaz
-The center stone is less faceted on the Grace studs. The halo of diamonds on the Grace studs is thinner than the ones on my repliKates.
These are silver plated and made with cubic zirconias. The differences are:
-Absence of a leverback clasp (they are fitted with a French hook).
-The M&W earrings are 15x30mm. The Francesca earrings are just a little bigger than 10mm. Therefore they are considerably smaller than Kate’s earrings.
-The center motif is similar, but not exactly the same. The Francesca earrings feature an equal armed cross in the center, while the M&W version feature a cluster of diamonds in the center of four spade-shaped holes. Despite these difference, at a distant it looks very similar to M&W’s earrings.
If you did wish to own these as a decent repliKate, you could take them to a jeweler and ask that they switch out the French hook for a longer leverback clasp.