Aquamarines are such useful, versatile gemstones, able to be paired with lots of different colors for lots of different occasions. No wonder, then, that the Duchess of Cambridge owns a classic pair of earrings set with diamonds and aquamarines, which she’s been wearing for a decade.
The earrings, which are made of 18K white gold, feature oval aquamarine drops surrounded by diamonds in a pear-shaped setting, suspended from five smaller round diamonds. The maker of the earrings has not been identified.
The Duchess wore the earrings for the first time during the Diamond Jubilee tour of Singapore and Malaysia in September 2012. She wore them for multiple events during the tour, including both day engagements and evening receptions. Above, she wears the earrings for a cultural event in Kuala Lumpur.
And here, she wears the earrings for a tea party at the British High Commission in Kuala Lumpur later the same day.
For several years, the aquamarine earrings were go-to pairs for Kate, especially for more formal daytime occasions like religious services or military functions. They also continued to make appearances in the evening. For example, she wears them here at the National Portrait Gallery in London in April 2013 for an evening reception to celebrate the work of The Art Room charity.
The following year, in April 2014, she wore the earrings for an Easter Sunday service at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Sydney during the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand.
In June 2014, she wore the earrings for the annual service at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on Garter Day.
She paired the earrings with a blue and white ensemble for Trooping the Colour in London in June 2015.
For a service celebrating the 75th anniversary of the RAF Air Cadets at St. Clement Danes Church in London in February 2016, Kate wore the earrings with the Dacre Brooch.
A few weeks later, in March 2016, she paired the earrings with a gray ensemble for the annual Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey.
She wore the earrings with a diamond and aquamarine pendant necklace in June 2016 for a National Service of Thanksgiving at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
In recent years, Kate’s earring collection has grown considerably, including several pairs of diamond and pearl earrings loaned to her by the Queen. These include the Diamond Frame Earrings, the Diamond and Pearl Drop Earrings, and the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings. While Kate reaches more frequently for those bejeweled loans, the aquamarine earrings still come out of the jewelry box occasionally. One of her more recent appearances in the earrings came in March 2019, when she wore them at Buckingham Palace for a reception to mark the 50th anniversary of the investiture of the Prince of Wales.