Happy April Fool’s Day, everyone! No tricks to be found here at The Court Jeweller today — except of the jewel variety. Here’s a selection of some of the clever fakes that the Windsor women have worn through the years. Which of these pieces of fashion jewelry would you happily wear, even though they’re not set with genuine stones?
Diana, Princess of Wales selected paste earrings from Butler and Wilson for the America’s Cup Ball in 1986
Queen Alexandra was reportedly notorious for tucking paste pieces and fake pearls amid her real jewels; one story says that when a strand of her faux pearls broke, she ordered that each “pearl” must be retrieved, even though they weren’t genuine!
The Duchess of Cambridge wore an inexpensive costume necklace from Zara to the premiere of Nelson Mandela’s biopic in 2013
The same Zara necklace had previously been worn by Princess Beatrice of York
The enormous star brooch worn by Princess Diana to a 1988 fashion show was also a fashion piece by Butler and Wilson
The Countess of Wessex often wears fashion jewelry by Heavenly Necklaces, including these pendant earrings
The Duchess of Cambridge has also been spotted in Heavenly Necklaces’s “fab fakes,” including these cubic zirconia and resin pearl earrings