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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, joined the Royal Family in 2011 after marrying Prince William. Ever since, she will accessorise her looks with jewellery such as necklaces, earrings, bracelets and rings.
Throughout her years as a working royal, Kate has worn some of the most beautiful jewellery, from both high-end brands as well as high street stores.
The Duchess also has an impressive engagement ring from Prince William, which previously belonged to Princess Diana.
In the past year, Kate and William have swapped in-person meetings for virtual video calls due to the ongoing pandemic.
Kate has continued to add jewellery to her looks, although has opted for more affordable brands like Missoma and Monica Vinader.
In the royals’ latest appearance to mark International Women’s Day, she recycled a pair of stunning Missoma pink earrings.
The £85 earrings consisted of gold hoops and pink Rhodochrosite crystals, which according to the British brand, are associated with certain healing qualities.
“These mini hoops feature a pink heart-based healing crystal that radiates love, compassion and all-around good vibes, suspended from a texture gold vermeil hoop with pyramid detailing,” the product description reads.
Kate has previously worn these earrings on several occasions and also has them in different colours including green.
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Missoma is also one of the Duchess’ favourite jewellery brands and she has worn the brand for several years.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Charlotte Leigh from Lottie Leigh Fine Jewellery, explained why the royal might be opting for more affordable jewellery.
The expert said: “The Duchess of Cambridge’s choice to step away from wearing her fine jewellery and opting for demi fine jewellery, from brands such as Missoma and Monica Vinader, is for a few reasons in my opinion.
“Firstly, demi-fine jewellery, which is jewellery made from sterling silver and either gold vermeil or gold plate, is much more economical for fashion jewellery.
“This means she can wear on trend pieces, that may or may not remain in fashion.
“Fine jewellery should ideally be saved for more classic pieces (rather than overtly ‘fashionable’ items).
“This confirms what we already know about the Duchess, that although she is in a privileged position, she still does not wish to be overly extravagant and is conscious not to waste money which many people in her position would have no qualms about.”
While Missoma and Monica Vinader still stock some expensive pieces of jewellery, they are a lot more affordable than other brands the Duchess wears such as Annoushka.
She explained: “She is also opting for a more ‘low-key’ look, during lockdown and the pandemic.
“Whilst so many are struggling both mentally and financially, it strikes me as a sensitive choice.
“You need only look at the backlash that some high-profile personalities have received, who have been less coy about their extravagant choices.”
Kate also has necklaces from Missoma and Meghan Markle is also thought to be a huge fan of the brand.
The expert added: “Lastly and most importantly I believe her choices to be a show of support.
“It is no coincidence that both businesses are British, and female owned, and I suspect this choice to be her way of championing both the British high street and businesses owned by women.
“The Duchess is renowned for her good taste and looks fabulous whether she is wearing £50,000 of jewels or £150 of demi-fine jewellery.”
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