The Jewelry of the Duchess of Cambridge


When she was known simply as Kate Middleton, the future Duchess of Cambridge wore rather simple jewelry like the rest of us — pearl drop earrings, a charm bracelet, small diamond studs, a tailored watch. With her 2011 marriage to Prince William, however, she gained access to a fairy-tale jewelry wardrobe of precious pieces on loan from the royal collections. Let’s take a look at the jewelry of the Duchess of Cambridge — from state occasion pieces to her personal favorites.

Royal Heirlooms

December 9, 2015 Update: Kate wears Diana’s favourite tiara for the first time. Read the Article

It all began with a ring – that ring. Kate Middleton’s stunning oval sapphire and diamond engagement ring, which first belonged to Prince William’s late mother Princess Diana, revitalized a worldwide trend for colored gemstone engagement rings. Later, Kate’s husband would present her with Diana’s matching sapphire and diamond earrings, which seem to rank among the Duchess’s favorite jewels.

Robinson Pelham diamond earrings

Two Tiaras

At the royal wedding it is said that Kate had to be convinced to wear “something borrowed” from the Queen’s collection — the Cartier Diamond Halo Tiara. In a tribute to her own family, Kate also wore diamond earrings featuring an acorn motif from the Middleton coat of arms, a wedding gift commissioned by her parents from London jeweler Robinson Pelham.

Oak Leaf design of The Halo Tiara

In December 2013, at a white-tie reception at Buckingham Palace, Kate changed her mind about tiaras when she voluntarily donned the pearl and diamond Papyrus Leaf tiara, a royal collection piece, with her white Alexander McQueen gown. In no small way, Kate’s tiaras have influenced the rising popularity of jeweled bridal headpieces over the past two years.

The People’s Duchess

Although she can well afford to stick with marquee-name designers, the Duchess of Cambridge often chooses accessible outfits from affordable British brands. And when she does wear something from the High Street, it invariably sells out in minutes. So it goes with her jewelry selections: A faux diamond necklace from Zara, and gold-plated earrings from Mirabelle Lolita, both under $60, were instant hits in the UK and the US.

Zara Sparkly Bead Necklace
Zara Sparkly Bead Necklace

How to Clean an Engagement Ring

Our friends at Frazer Hart jewelers in the UK brought our attention to this informative blog post from It’s all about how to keep your engagement ring at its sparkling best. Please share…


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