Cataloguing Kate’s jewelry collection wouldn’t be complete without a post about her engagement ring.
As many already know, Kate’s ring used to be belong to her late mother-in-law. In 1981, Lady Diana Spencer chose the stone “from a selection presented to her by the then Crown jewellers Garrard of Mayfair. It cost £28,500 but, unusually for a choice by a member of the Royal Family, it was not unique and any member of the public could buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue”. *
The ring was made by Garrard in London, and consists of one large oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. It is set in white gold.
Some reports state that the sapphire is 12 carats. However, Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels believes that it may be 9 carats.
Here it is on Kate:
The ring was thought to be priced at £28,000 in 1981. Today, it’s deemed to be worth £250,000 or more, placing it just at the $500,000 mark.
These earrings look to be from the same collection as the Elsa Peretti necklace. It’s been difficult to receive absolute confirmation that they are Elsa Peretti designs (because I think these are from a previous collection and no longer available for sale), but I would bet money they are from the same designer.
A bezel diamond set in yellow gold holds the post earring to the earlobe. Beneath this dangles a sapphire cabochon set in yellow gold.
Here they are again on Kate during her arrival in Canada (July 2011).
And at the Summerfield Community Centre in Birmingham, UK (August 2011).
These egg-shaped drop earrings were famously worn for Kate and William’s engagement photo, shot by Mario Testino.
The Hope Egg earrings are made of sterling silver and white topaz. They are on French hooks and have a distinct egg shape.
From the company’s website: “The hope egg earrings- a very attractive and important symbol in Russian culture, traditionally given for birthdays, festivals, etc. This egg represents hope and new life and is decorated with white topaz.”
How very fitting that Kate chose these for her formal engagement photo. I’m very pleased with her choice. She could have worn diamonds or borrowed jewels from the Queen. Instead, she chose to wear a pair of small earrings to complement her cream Reiss dress.
Kate has worn them several times since the Mario Testino photo shoot.
These earrings are priced at a more affordable $475.
When Kate and William made their engagement announcement, Kate very cleverly chose blue jewelry to match her gorgeous sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Knowing that the ring was to be the main attraction, she went for a simple diamond and sapphire necklace.
Tiffany’s describes the necklace as “18k gold with a sapphire cabochon and two round brilliant diamonds.”