The Duchess of Cambridge has had some unforgettable jewellery moments, courtesy of her enviable collection of diamonds and jewels. From her signature 12-carat sapphire engagement ring to her glittering Cartier tiara, the Duchess’ immaculate style is always complete with a set of pristine accessories. Yet royal fans may delight to learn that not everything in Kate’s unrivalled jewellery archive costs a fortune.
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Kate knows a smart high street buy, and she has stunned with budget-conscious necklaces and earrings, including picks from favourites like Accessorize and ASOS, as well as gorgeous choices from emerging brands such as Spells of Love and All the Falling Stars.
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If you’re looking to channel the Duchess of Cambridge with your next look, scroll through to discover her best budget jewellery moments…
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Thanks to the Duchess, pearl jewellery has had a major revival after she stepped out wearing her Nura Pearl Necklace from sustainable brand Monica Vinader.
Nura Pearl Necklace, £120/$165, Monica Vinader
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Kate made fashion headlines after rocking a pair of chunky gold twist hoops while giving a keynote speech at the launch of the ‘Taking Action on Addiction’ campaign in October 2021.
A firm favourite of the Duchess’, Kate’s £10 pair are without a doubt one of the most affordable pieces in her jewellery collection.
14k gold plated twist hoop earrings, £10, ASOS
Merci Maman is a small brand made famous when Kate wore their famously re-named ‘Duchess’ necklace to celebrate the birth of Prince George. Merci Maman specialises in beautifully unique personalised jewellery that tells a story, offering complimentary bespoke engraving with many of their signature pieces.
The Duchess Necklace, £139, Merci Maman
One of Kate’s favourite necklaces is a beautiful double strand chain from Spells of Love. The mother-of-three has worn this necklace everywhere from Wimbledon to the V&A. We previously sat down with the designer Hayley, who told us how the ‘Kate effect’ has impacted her brand.
Double Strand Beaded Necklace, £110, Spells of Love
Most recently, Kate was seen wearing Spells of Love’s Medium Twist Hoops – a gorgeous set of handmade twist hoops retailing for £60. Hayley says: “All jewellery is responsibly handcrafted using small-batch production, and ethically sourced and traceable stones. I also offer a re-plating service, so that customers are able to have their pieces re-plated over time, ensuring customers can cherish their pieces and pieces are never simply disposed of/end up in landfill.”
The Duchess caught royal fans off guard when she arrived at the Foundling Museum in a pair of £2.10 hoop earrings from Accessorize. Yes, really.
Kate wears £2.10 earrings from Accessorize
The ‘Kate effect’ was in full swing soon after the Duchess adorned the striking hoops, selling out her ‘Mini Hammered Doorknocker Hoop Earrings’ almost instantly – but Accessorize has many similar pairs for unbeatable prices for those who wish to emulate her stunning collection.
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