Kate first wore these earrings to a mental health awareness engagement at Harrow College on October 10, 2015.
From the website: “Beautiful and elegantly small these 18ct yellow gold and pave diamond leaf motif drop earrings are from our new Lauren Collection inspired by the British ballerina Lauren Cuthbertson.”
The earrings are yellow gold shaped into a spade leaf shape and attached to a thin gold bar which acts as the earring’s post. The thin gold bar and the gold leaf are studded with pave diamonds. In the style of Kiki’s pieces, a single small diamond is positioned where the gold bar and leaf meet, to fill in the space.
Here they are on Kate:
She wore them later that day for the Wales vs. Australia rugby match.
This is an exciting post for me to write because in a previous post, I selected the white gold version of these for Kate as a new pair I thought she should wear. I wonder if Kate reads my blog? ::P
For this edition of Choice Selections for Kate, I will be focusing solely on diamond earrings.
Kate relies on her trusty Round Diamond and Baguette Diamond earrings quite a bit. She has also borrowed Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond chandelier earrings when she needed more glamorous jewelry to wear. While these are both lovely earrings, I would like to see her in a different pair of diamond earrings for a change.
Here are a few I think would look amazing on her and would work across different ensembles and occasions.
Stephen Webster Stargazer Small Earrings in White Gold and White Diamonds-Price on Request
I love much of Stephen Webster’s work: it’s elegant, striking and very contemporary. You won’t find much filigree or traditional design here. Stephen uses unconventional inspirations for his collections, such as the Seven Deadly Sins and the Zodiac Signs. These white gold and diamond earrings, with their sharp points and austere design, would be a nice alternative to a generic diamond chandelier earring.
Kiki McDonough Lauren White Gold Pave Diamond Leaf Earrings- £2,200
These would be so adorable for everyday functions and engagements. They’re made of white gold and are designed to look like leaves. I can see these easily replacing her round diamond and baguette diamond earrings.
Kiki McDonough Aurora White Gold and Diamond Drop Earrings- £4,200
These 18ct white gold and diamond earrings are from the Aurora collection. I like their intricate floral-like design and their similar-appearing post. The designs are complex and still elegant, so Kate could wear these to a red carpet event and not be out of place.
Even though these are called flower motif earrings, I still see them as reassembled teardrop designs. The motif reminds me of earrings Kate wore when she was in her mid 20s.
Kiki McDonough Diamond Lattice Drop Earrings- £5,500
I hesitated to include these because I wasn’t sure if I loved them. I decided to throw them into this post because they would still be nice for Kate. The round drop is an interesting alternative to the standard long dangle I see on most diamond chandelier earrings.
Asprey Savoy Knot Diamond Earrings- £8,750
These would be a great addition to Kate’s wardrobe. They’re small enough for regular events, and the design is in sync with Kate’s simple tastes in jewelry. It’s one knot formed by a single strand of diamonds on white gold which twists around and comes back up.
Garrard Albermarle Diamond Chandelier Earrings-Price on Request
It was difficult to pull up information on these earrings because Garrard Jewellers tends to be rather quiet on their creations and prices. What I do know is that these were created as a part of the Albermarle collection in 2014. If Kate wanted to go in a more traditional direction, these chandelier earrings would be perfect for her.
What do you think of my selections? What would you choose for Kate to wear?
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.
Kate cleverly selected three of Asprey’s charms from their Woodland collection to reflect her family’s coat of arms.
These are the charms on a bracelet.
The ones she chose are:
An oak leaf “Created by Shaun Leane for Asprey, and inspired by British Woodland flora, the Oak Leaf Charm with round pavé diamonds, set in 18ct yellow gold, is a detachable charm and can be worn with the Asprey Charm Bracelets, the Oak Leaf Necklace and the Woodland Necklace.”
And a mushroom: “Created by Shaun Leane for Asprey, and inspired by British Woodland flora, the Mushroom Charm with pavé diamonds, set in 18ct yellow gold, is a detachable charm and can be worn with the Asprey Charm Bracelets, the Oak Leaf Necklace and the Woodland Necklace”.
Each charm is made of yellow gold and diamonds. Kate wore this necklace on numerous occasions. She wore it frequently through out her 2014 Royal Tour of Australia.
Arriving in Yulara Airport (her earrings are these ones).
Arriving in Adelaide, Australia (information about her earrings found here).
Visiting the Taronga Zoo.
To the ANZAC day services.
She has worn this outside of her trip to Australia.
Visiting the National Maritime Museum (London) in June 2014.
The charms all carry different prices. I found this handy collage that gathers together all the prices for each charm and the chain they rest on.
Of course, these are the notable and custom made earrings Kate wore when she married William.
Kate’s parents had these commissioned from Robinson Pelham with the Cartier Scroll tiara and the Middleton family’s new coat of arms in mind. The elegantly carved oak leaves are similar to the scrolls of diamonds on the tiara. From the leaves dangle a diamond lined hollow pear shaped drop. In the center of the drop is a diamond covered acorn.
Personally, I love the fact that they included an acorn in the design of her wedding earrings. Most bridal earrings feature floral motifs or butterflies. I think this is a very unique approach to bridal jewelry.
The cost of these was a little more than $22,000. Robinson Pelham never actually disclosed the price, but many are estimating the cost to be around £15,000.
UPDATE: Kate wore these earrings to Order of the Garter in June 2016. We were all a little surprised to see them out again.
Simple and minimal, yet luminous and glamorous, the Asprey 167 Button Pendant has been in the Duchess’s jewelry collection for many years now. She was photographed wearing it before her engagement, during a time when she was working for the company Jigsaw.
According to the company’s website, they used “the iconic 167 New Bond Street Button”. The pendant has a “central amethyst stone, surrounded by pave diamonds, all set in 18ct white gold”. The chain it is on is also made of white gold.
The current retail price is $4,000.
Here it is on Kate during the Royal Tour of Canada in 2011.