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.