Although Kate is often lent fine jewelery by Her Majesty the Queen from the Royal Collection for formal occasions, the days of diamond tiaras and double diamond bracelets worn at Bond premieres are long gone, as Her Majesty wore to meet 007 at the world premiere. from You Only Live Twice in 1967.
Instead, in the latest James Bond premiere, No Time to Die, the future queen wore a pair of earrings from Onitaa, a London boutique specializing in South Asian jewelery and clothing.
Although she has many of the Queen’s jewels at her disposal, Kate’s two best jewelers, for her personal collection, are Chelsea-based Kiki McDonough and Robinson Pelham; who both create pieces with the full spectrum of colored gemstones.
The jewellers, both from London, have been adopted as part of the jewelery uniform for well-to-do Kensington locals like Kate.
Kiki McDonough was founded in 1985 by the jewelry designer who shares the company name.
Jewelry from the brand has been on display at Kate’s local Victoria and Albert Museum.
The brand’s best sellers include the Fantasy Blue Topaz and Diamond earrings in white gold, which cost £3,800.
A classic Catherine look is a pair of Kiki McDonough earrings that coordinate, colorfully, with her dress or jacket.
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Lisa Levinson of the Natural Diamond Council said: “The Duchess of Cambridge is styling natural diamonds in a modern way. This blend of something old and new is a look the Duchess has worn consistently for the past 10 years.
“Kate’s approach to jewelry parallels her taste in clothes. The royal is known for mixing high street and high end, as well as wearing bespoke ensembles from designers such as Alexander McQueen.
“Her unexpected mix of old jewelry and new designer jewelry makes her style both decidedly modern and unique.”
She wore a pair of prasiolite, diamond and green tourmaline earrings that worked perfectly with the emerald green Emilia Wickstead dress she wore last summer at Wimbledon.
She also teamed lavender amethyst earrings with her outfit in Bhutan in 2016, inspired by the country’s national kira dress.
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So Kate might not be inspired to mimic the Queen’s dazzling tiaras or Princess Diana’s knockout necklaces at movie premieres.
But at the recent London premiere of Top Gun 2, aka Maverick, she was escorted down the red carpet by iconic Hollywood star Tom Cruise, fittingly sparkling with stars – a pair of star-encrusted earrings of diamonds from Robinson Pelham.
Robinson Pelham was founded over 20 years ago and specializes in “bespoke jewellery”.
The Robinson Pelham Tsar Star nails and drops cost £10,560. They are set with diamonds and cast in 18k white gold.
The brand said of the shimmering style: “Our Tsar Stars and Tsar Star drops are the ultimate in versatile earrings. Available in pink and purple sapphires, tsavorite and captivating white diamond and gold.”
This London jeweler describes himself as a modern Brit with a playful twist, and is a far cry from the big Bond Street brands more normally associated with royalty.
Rainbows of colorful gemstones, alongside diamonds, set in her quirky collections are very wearable jewelry.
The brand rose to fame at the Duchess’ wedding in 2011 when she wore a pair of their diamond earrings gifted by her parents, Carole and Michael Middleton, alongside Cartier’s lavish diamond tiara.
Kate’s wedding earrings are estimated to have cost £15,000. The bespoke earrings were specially ordered for their daughter on her wedding day.
The earrings were designed to reflect Middleton’s newly created coat of arms, designed for the family in 2011 before her marriage to Prince William.
The coat of arms featured three tassels, which represented the three Middleton siblings, Pippa, Kate and James.
Kate has worn the pieces on several occasions since her marriage, including the 2016 Order of the Garter service and the 2019 Easter Sunday service.
She also has the Robinson Pelham Oxygen Aspen earrings, two white gold earrings set with diamonds, which retail for £4,900.
She recently wore these pieces at the Platinum Jubilee Party on June 4, 2022.