From historic jewels borrowed from the Royal Family’s vast collection to her penchant for modern pearl earrings and that engagement ring, there’s no doubt the Duchess of Cambridge has an enviable jewellery collection.
The most famous piece of jewellery is the sapphire and diamond engagement ring that first belonged to Princess Diana.
Made by British jeweler Garrard & Co., the ring features a 12-carat Ceylon sapphire surrounded by a halo of 14 white diamonds. Reported to cost £28,000 at the time it was bought in 1981, Diana chose it from Garrard’s inventory; a fact that caused some controversy, as it is customary for members of the royal family to have jewellery custom-made.
Today, the Duchess pairs the ring with a plain wedding band of Welsh Clogau gold, a royal tradition.
On her wedding day in 2011, the Duchess of Cambridge wore a dismond Halo tiara by Cartier that was lent to her by the Queen. Originally made in 1936 for The Queen Mother, a commission from her husband King George VI, the tiara is set with 739 brilliant-cut and 149 baton-cut diamonds.
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a stunning pair of statement earings at the BAFTAs in February 2017. It is not known who made the earrings but it is likely that Kate borrowed them for the event. She paired the with an art-deco style diamond bracelet that she regularly wears at evening events.
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a diamond maple leaf brooch for a royal tour of Canada in 2016. The brooch was originally bought as a gift for the Queen Mother when they went on a tour to Canada in 1939. The Duchess borrowed the brooch from the Queen for her first tour of the country in 2011, and tends to wear it whenever on official business there.
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing the prestigious Air Cadets Dacre brooch to mark the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets in 2016. Since 1982, the diamond and ruby brooch had traditionaly been awarded to the best all-round female cadet each year, and is considered the highest accolade a female cadet could receive. This tradition finished in 2015 as it was decided female cadets should be recognized in the same way as their male counterparts, and the Duchess was presented the brooch as a gift following her appointment Honorary Air Commandment of the RAF.