22 May 2016

Kate's Jewelry Box: The Sapphire and Diamond Fringe Earrings

Kate wears the earrings at the Victoria and Albert Museum (Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images)

Among the heirloom royal jewels that the Duchess of Cambridge has worn, the sapphire and diamond fringe earrings that belonged to the late Queen Mother are among my absolute favorites. The earrings somehow manage to be classic and fun all at the same time.

Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images

The earrings feature a diamond stud with a dangle made of a large sapphire surrounded by diamonds; a delicate, almost geometric diamond and sapphire fringe is suspended from that sapphire and diamond cluster. Kate has only worn them once so far in public: for a 100 Women in Hedge Funds gala dinner held at the Victoria and Albert Museum in October 2015. Unfortunately, Kate wore them with her hair down, which means that our views of the earrings were slightly obscured. (In many photographs from the event, you can't see them at all.)

You can see the design of the earrings a little better in the composite photo above, which shows the Queen Mother wearing them. (She's paired them with one of my favorite brooches: the large diamond, sapphire, and gold filagree brooch from the Russian imperial collection.)

Photo: Chris Jackson - WPA Pool /Getty Images

I don't think we know much about the earrings' provenance beyond their association with the Queen Mother, but to me, they look like 20th century pieces. Here's hoping we see Kate bring these out again -- perhaps with her hair pulled back, so we get a clearer look at the jewels?