Inside Duchess Kate’s christening jewellery

By admin
12 July 2015

The Duchess of Cambridge wore “re-imagined” jewellery to her daughter’s christening.

The British royal family gathered last Sunday at St Mary Magdalene Church in Sandringham for Princess Charlotte’s official christening.

Duchess Catherine Middleton wore white gold and diamond earrings, worth $8,100 (R100 000) with a matching pendant to the event. It has been claimed she was interested in embracing a pastiche “exotic motif” with her accessory choices.

'It’s good to see her wearing pieces that are not so well-known'

“The inspiration for those came from some pieces that the brand originally created in the 1920s for the Empress of Siam,” Elizabeth Galton, Creative Director of Mappin & Webb Jewellery, told People magazine of Catherine’s set. “We’ve re-imagined them for the 21st century and of course it’s very nice that they have been worn by one of our royals.”

Mappin & Webb have a long history with the British royal family, as the company was first employed to design pieces for Queen Victoria in 1897.

“We’ve been serving royal households all over the world since 1775 when the brand was founded and have served five successive monarchs,” Elizabeth explained. “We found that our clients today are very much looking for designs with a sense of nostalgia — they are heirlooms for the future.”

Three days after her daughter’s christening, Duchess Catherine attended a tennis game at Wimbledon with husband Prince William.

But she donned inexpensive gold-plated fair-trade loop earrings to the sporting event - designed by Mirabelle.

“She is championing, probably unwittingly, a broad range of jewellery and I know that it is something she really loves,” jeweller Claudia Bradby, who attended the royal couple’s 2012 wedding, told People. “It’s good to see her wearing pieces that are not so well-known.”

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