10 March 2015

Commonwealth Day Service Jewels

The Big Six of the Windsor family -- the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall, and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge -- gathered at Westminster Abbey yesterday for the annual Commonwealth Day service. The royal ladies didn't disappoint, bringing out gorgeous familiar pieces and a bit of new bling, too.

The Queen wore her usual daytime staples: a three-stranded pearl necklace, pearl stud earrings, and a brooch. This time, she chose her round gold brooch with a delicate floral pattern, a piece she's been wearing since the Diamond Jubilee.

Camilla also wore familiar pieces: her diamond and pearl earrings, plus one of the glitziest of her pearl chokers, with its elaborate diamond clasp.

Kate wore a new pair of earrings from one of her favorite jewelers, Kiki McDonough. The cushion-cut drops are made of soft pink morganite, a variety of beryl. Here's a closer look at the earrings from Kiki McDonough's website:

The earrings are currently out of stock, but they retail for £3,400. They were, of course, a great choice for pairing with Kate's pale pink Alexander McQueen coat ... but since they're new, should I also carefully suggest that they'd have been a great present for a woman who discovered that she's expecting a daughter?