The Duchess of Cambridge sure has great taste when it comes to jewelry. Whether it’s her favorite diamond drop earrings or the pieces she has worn lent to her by the Queen, not to mention the jewelry that once belonged to Princess Diana, these are all of her of precious gemstones.
With one of her gorgeous one-shouldered gown, flawless makeup and perfectly-styled updo, there wasn’t anything we didn’t love about the Duchess of Cambridge’s BAFTAs 2019 red carpet look. Kate wore a pair of dazzling drop earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana for the occasion, and they set off her resemblance to perfection.
The award show marked the first time when Kate has been seen wearing the jewels, but she has inherited and borrowed several pieces from her late mother-in-law’s impressive collection since becoming engaged to Prince William in 2010.
These earrings were originally a wedding gift to Princess Diana, part of a suite of jewels given by Crown Prince Fahd of Saudi Arabia. Prince William gave the earrings to Kate after he proposed in 2010, and the Duchess updated the design into a drop style. They’ve become one of Kate’s signature earrings through the years.
Undoubtedly the best-known item in Kate’s jewelry box is her engagement ring. Her late mother-in-law Princess Diana herself selected the unusual sparkler – an oval, royal-blue sapphire – after Prince Charles proposed in 1981. The stunning central stone is a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire, one of Princess Diana’s favorite gemstones, while the 14 solitaire diamonds settled around it are set in 18-carat white gold.
Kate’s traditional gold wedding band sits neatly beside her engagement ring and was made from the Royal family’s collection of Welsh yellow gold and is similar to the same worn by both the Queen Mother and Queen Elizabeth II.
Kate is rarely seen wearing a watch in public, but this beautiful Ballon Bleu Cartier timepiece features a sapphire that perfectly matches the gem in her engagement ring. The retail price of the Cartier Ballon Bleu Medium watch in steel with a quartz movement that Kate is wearing is £5k.