New mom, royal beauty, and fashion icon Princess Kate graces the covers of endless celebrity gossip and fashion magazines. The world waits to see what she wears each time she steps out the door and the pieces she chooses sell out nearly immediately. But, if you were expecting the fashion-loving princess to don sparkling tiaras and antique jewels, you’d be surprised. A peek inside the royal jewelry box reveals a range of practical and versatile pieces even a commoner can wear.
Sapphire Wedding Ring
If you were to sneak a peek into Princess Kate’s horde of sparkles, it’s unlikely you’d actually see her most iconic piece since, like most married ladies, she never leaves home without her wedding ring. Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, originally wore the 12-carat sapphire engagement ring, which is set in white gold and surrounded by 14 diamonds. In fact, the original “People’s Princess” selected the piece herself from Garrard of Mayfair following her 1981 engagement.
Luckily for royal fashion followers, there are many repli-Kate versions of the famous ring. Or, to get the stunning sapphire look, without the wedding ring commitment, look for cocktail rings featuring the blue stone. Sapphire and diamond earrings are also a popular choice for adding a pop of color to neural outfits.
No princess ever leaves home without a hint of glint at the ears, and Kate is no exception. The royal fashion icon favors a pair of golden-yellow citrine earrings from Kiki McDonough in a drop style with the stone dangling from a small gold and diamond hoop.
While many shy away from colored gems such as citrine thinking that they won’t pair well with many clothing choices, the princess proves otherwise. In fact, Kate loves the stone so much that she has not one, but two pairs of citrine earrings, by the same designer in both teardrop and cushion cuts. To work the gold-hued stone into your wardrobe, pair it with gold jewelry and coordinate with fall-toned clothing in brown, maroon, grey and deep purple.
Button Pendant Necklace
Another staple for the fashion-forward princess is a button pendant, featuring 167 pave diamonds surrounding a small, round amethyst, all set in white gold from Asprey.
Since both pave diamonds, as well as button or disc style pendants are all the rage in the fashion world right now, the duchess once again proves that you can mix current trends and classic styling in one stunning pieces of jewelry. To try the look for yourself, look for disc pendants in either gold or silver tones or diamond buttons on 18 to 20-inch chains. Try pairing this look with v-neck tops that highlight the sparkly necklace.