Kate Middleton trades in heritage diamonds for a jewelry trend for all women
Kate Middleton, Princess of Wales may have access to the royal vault, but she also has a pretty impressive jewelry collection. Proof: the chunky 14k gold plated chain by Laura Lombardi which she wore during a visit to BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on October 10, which accentuated her simple cream top, cream blazer and black trousers. The princess appeared on the News program alongside her husband, the Prince of Wales, where they heard from guests on World Mental Health Day.
The statement necklace was something of a curve ball compared to the more delicate jewelry she wore in the past. From citrine earrings by Kiki McDonough to pretty pendants by Astley Clarke or diamond-encrusted pieces by Mappin & Webb, the princess usually favors accessories that are subtle, delicate and elegant. Its chunky chain is more in line with long-standing tradition orient oneself to stack gold necklaces (see all the low-key editors at fashion week in their familiar uniform of crisp white t-shirt, blazer and chain).
It’s easy to see the appeal of Laura Lombardi’s gold chains. The New York designer specializes in revisited contemporary pieces: the princess’ necklace is adorned with a sculptural heart-shaped pendant.
For formal occasions, Kate often wears historic diamonds, pearls and gemstones that have been passed down from generation to generation in the royal family – and of course she still wears her Garrard sapphire engagement ring, which once belonged to Princess Diana. She also has sentimental pieces in her collection, including a personalized 9-karat yellow gold necklace by Daniella Draper that bears the initials of her three children, Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis.