July 2, 2021—Here’s the thing. I have been watching Kate Middleton and her jewelry ways for a long time. And what she wore to Wimbledon today seems to me like one of the truest reflections of her style.
Why you ask?
Well, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge is actually quite a sporty person. And I think she is just comfortable in costume jewels. She gravitates to them time and again. I was once scandalized by this behavior. No time was I more surprised than when, during a royal tour of Canada, she paired a diamond maple leaf brooch that once belonged to the Queen Mother with (gasp) demi-fine pearl and Swarovski crystal earrings from Soru that cost around $180
After that high-low moment in royal jewelry style, I felt the Duchess was being advised to up her game and was undergoing a royal jewelry makeover. You see the royal jewels are not just a style statement. They represent the history of the family.
For the most part Kate has upped her jewelry game since the Canada faux pas. She is not exactly at Diana’s level of wearing multiple pieces in a new stylish way. She has, however, more consistently worn important jewels from the Queen’s collection. Unfortunately, for fine jewelry lovers, she reserves the real razzle dazzle for formal occasions. And Wimbledon is obviously not one of them.
So, what was Kate wearing at Wimbledon?
Her earrings are Simon Rocha’s Faux Pearl Curb Chain designs that seem to be sold out everywhere.
Kate’s 18K gold vermeil double strand necklace came from a British label called Spells of Love. It retails for £89.00 which is around $123.
Her Trio Midnight Moon pendant necklace by British designer Daniella Draper is composed of 9 karat recycled gold and diamonds. It is inscribed with the initials of her three children George, Charlotte and Louis. And it costs £1,300. One thinks of the Duchess of Windsor’s romantic jewels and this is the opposite of that which is perhaps the point.
On her wrist Kate wore her Maya torque Halcyon bracelet. The jewel which retails for around £110 is composed of 18K gold plated twisted brass and glass cabochon finials.
It’s clear Kate is very familiar with all the affordable British jewelry labels. They are not exactly small independent brands, but they do make her royal style accessible which I think is her intention. Perhaps also Kate keeps her jewels affordable because the British tabloids blast headlines about the cost of her clothes and jewels. Whatever the case may be, I believe Kate really truly enjoys wearing these designs.