On September 27, 2016, Kate wore these Monica Vinader Siren earrings in green onyx.
From the website: “These simple, sophisticated earrings are great for everyday wear. The organic, irregular shaped multi-faceted Green Onyx gemstone is encased in 18ct Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver. The gemstone in these earring measures approximately 12mm x 10mm (0.47 x 0.4″).”
These are an intriguing choice for Kate because I considered buying them for myself before she wore them. It seems like we really do have similar tastes in jewelry.
The earrings consist of a faceted green onyx stone set in goldplated silver. They hang from a gold plated earring hook, giving them a short drop.
Monica Vinader’s Siren collection is described as “Colour gemstones and organic shapes inspired by sea-worn treasures and the glamour of southern Italy.”
Some information about the origin of their stones and the alterations made to them: “Onyx is a chalcedony consisting of fine bands of quartz and morganite in a variety of colours. Our green onyx comes from India and is enhanced with natural dyes to attain its strong, pure bright green colour.”
Accompanying the matching necklace, these are the earrings Kate wore to the Wildlife Photography of the Year gala
From the website: “Featuring Riva’s signature organic shape and pave set diamonds totalling 0.32 carats, these cocktail earrings are beautifully elegant. Measuring approximately 27mm (1.0″) in length x 35mm (1.4″) in width, the earrings are light enough to wear all day long. Match with other rose gold Riva pieces for effortless style.”
Just like the necklace, the earrings are rose gold over sterling silver. The front of the earrings are covered in tiny white diamonds. The four unusual-shaped hoops are connected with small rose gold links (also vermeil). French hooks are attached to the earring’s main section. The front of the hooks are in an elongated teardrop shape instead of the more common slim wire we often see on dangle earrings.
You can see what the back looks like here.
Here they are on Kate:
She wore them again on May 4, 2016 to visit the National Portrait Gallery for the Vogue 100.
Kate wore this necklace to the National History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year gala in October 2014.
It’s a gorgeous necklace and I hope to see it again during one of her future engagements.
Update: She wore this to the National Portrait Gallery on May 4, 2016 to view Vogue `100.
According to the website, it’s “18ct Rose Gold Plated Vermeil on Sterling Silver in Diamond:.
From Monica Vinader: “Featuring Riva’s signature organic shape in 21 interconnecting hoops, and pavé set diamonds totalling 0.84 carats, this bib is the epitome of elegance. Measuring approximately 11cm in length by 5.5cm in width, with an adjustable 18 inch chain, this statement piece looks beautiful teamed with the Riva Diamond Cluster Drop Earrings.”
The hoops are an interesting shape. They’re far from perfectly round, and each hoop is shaped differently from its sibling. They are also sized differently.
This necklace is certainly one of the more unique pieces Kate has worn since getting married.
Kate wore this with her lovely pale jade Jenny Packham dress and LK Bennett shoes. I am totally in love with this dress. I’m looking forward to seeing her don it at another event.
You can view her dress and shoes below.
From the Daily Mail: “And then, in 2014, Monica hit the jackpot. The Duchess of Cambridge – who, let’s face it, isn’t short of jewellery options – wore the designer’s Riva collection earrings (£745) and necklace (£2,000) to an evening gala at the Natural History Museum.
‘I knew nothing about it as my press team had lent them to her people and they’d told them to tell no one else in the company,’ says Monica.
Monica’s mobile didn’t stop buzzing with texts, while the UK offices received a flurry of calls and emails through the night, and the rest of the collection sold out in the U.S. that evening.
‘It doesn’t get any bigger than her,’ Monica smiles.”
I am assuming that these were purchased from Monica Vinader at some point after the gala at the National History Museum. I know that Kate prefers to pay designers for their merchandise and almost never accepts gifts.
She wore this to the National Portrait Gallery on May 4, 2016.