Princess Kate’s Best Jewelry Moments
The Princess of Wales always turns up for events looking impeccably dressed and coiffed. While fans have followed her fashion choices for years, we cannot ignore her exceptional taste in jewelry. From pearls to diamonds and sapphires, the princess’s jewelry taste remains quite classic and often nods to her royal family predecessors’ preferences—particularly those of Queen Elizabeth II and Princess Diana.
Ahead, we take a closer look at the Princess of Wales’ best jewelry moments and where you can shop the looks.
The George VI Festoon Necklace
Always the fashion icon, the Princess of Wales included a subtle tribute to Queen Elizabeth II at King Charles III’s coronation by wearing the George VI Festoon necklace. Originally made for then-Princess Elizabeth in 1950, Queen Elizabeth II often wore the three-strand diamond piece for various events throughout her 70-year reign.
Kate honored another important woman in her life–Princess Diana–by donning a pair of pearl-and-diamond drop earrings that once belonged to her late mother-in-law.
Shop the look: Harry Winston’s Secret Wonder Reversible Diamond Necklace
During a visit to Bletchley, England, Princess Catherine stunned in a classic polka-dot dress and gorgeous pearl drop earrings. A big fan of pearls, Kate loves the versatility of them and knows exactly how to work them without looking stuffy. Here, she creates an entirely new look by putting her Annoushka pearl drops on diamond hoops.
Shop the look: Tiffany & Co.’s Pearl Earrings
Wedding Day Sparkle
On her wedding day in April 2011, Kate’s ‘something borrowed’ was a Cartier Halo lent to her by the Queen. The creation dates back to 1936 when George VI commissioned Cartier to make it for his wife. It was later given to the Queen as an 18th birthday gift.
The princess teamed the tiara with a pair of diamond drop earrings from Robinson Pelham—a gift from her parents.
Shop the look: Harry Winston’s Cluster Diamond Necklace
The Iconic Sapphire Engagement Ring
Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is her most recognizable piece of jewelry. Designed by Garrard, the iconic ring once belonged to Princess Diana. This oval 12ct Ceylon sapphire ring is set in white gold and features 14 solitaire diamonds. It’s a truly stunning piece and the most famous engagement ring in the world.
Shop the look: David Yurman’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
Dripping in Emeralds
The Prince and Princess of Wales looked impeccable at a dinner hosted by the Governor General of Jamaica at King’s House. Kate glimmered in a sparkling green dress which she accessorized with tassel earrings dripping in emeralds.
Shop the look: Cartier’s Panthere De Cartier Earrings
The Casual Pendant
While she may spend most of her life twinkling in diamonds, Kate Middleton loves to mix high and low when it comes to both clothing and jewelry. At the Wimbledon tennis match, she was seen wearing a custom Danielle Draper pendant—and she looked incredible. Everyone loves a casual Kate.
Shop the look: Daniella Draper’s Gold Trio Diamond Midnight Moon Necklace
Beautiful in Brooches
The royals have been wearing brooches for centuries, and Kate is no exception. Like this Floral Bouquet Brooch, most of her brooches are allegedly part of the royal jewelry collection. Over the years, we’ve seen the princess wearing various beautiful brooches. In fact, she’s even inspired more women to don this accessory today.
Shop the look: Tiffany & Co.’s Paris Flames Brooch
About The Author
Debbie Azar is the Co-Founder and President of Gemological Science International (GSI), one of the largest gemological organizations in the world, and a distinguished leader in the global diamond and jewelry industry. As an executive with extensive knowledge of the jewelry and gem lab industries, her entrepreneurial skills and vision have helped GSI achieve rapid and continuous growth worldwide, establishing 13 leading-edge gemological facilities on four continents. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, Responsible Jewellery Council, and Jewelers for Children, and is a member of the 24 Karat Club of New York. She has been featured in Forbes, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Bloomberg, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fox Business, Fox5, CBS2, BOLDTV, Varney&Co, The Street, and NASDAQ, among others.