The Duchess of Cambridge, née Kate Middleton, is the proud owner of one of the world’s most famous baubles – her diamond-and-sapphire engagement ring, previously worn by Prince William’s late mother, Princess Diana. But there are other pieces in Kate's extensive collection of earrings, pendants, rings and bracelets that have caught the eye of royal watchers over the years.
When it comes to jewellery, the royal favours discreet, matching pieces, like her beloved pearl-drop earrings or affordable 167 Button Pendant Asprey necklace. And just as she's known for recycling coats and dresses (and her trusty nude heels!), the duchess re-wears her favourite jewellery over and over again – but rarely do the accessorizes outshine her carefully planned outfits.
Additionally, the duchess is a fan of mixing high and low, sporting an $89,000 Cartier necklace one day while donning a $40 Zara necklace the next.
Whether it's the lavish Nizam of Hyderabad necklace she wore to the Portrait Gala (on loan from the Queen, of course) or her favourite charm bracelet gifted to her by her stepmother-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall, jewellery is an essential accessory for Kate's elegant yet approachable aesthetic.
And now with the arrival of Princess Charlotte, Kate will be able to pass down some of her most precious heirlooms to her daughter. Royal jewels are almost always inherited down from generation to generation, while the most celebrated pieces are often lent out to younger princesses to wear for glamorous events.
Perhaps one day we will even see William and Kate's little girl wearing the same tiara Kate wore on her own wedding day!
Here, Hello! takes a closer looks at some of Kate’s best jewelry.