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5 Jewels Inspired by the Princess of Wales, in Honor of Her Birthday

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There’s no denying that Kate Middleton, the Princess of Wales, has a strong sartorial sense. That, and her access to some of the most exceptional jewels in the world have made her a style icon not only at home but also across the pond. In honor of her Jan. 9 birthday, we’ve rounded up a few jewels inspired—and we do mean inspired, as not many can come close to royal jewels—by some of the most recognizable pieces in her collection.

Harry Winston ring
Harry Winston ring in platinum with a 5.78 ct. sapphire and 3.15 cts. t.w. round brilliant-cut diamonds, $76,000; 1stDibs

While nothing can quite compare to the princess’s engagement ring, which belonged to Princess Diana, a design by the “King of Diamonds” can come pretty close. Harry Winston’s ring with a 5.78 ct. sapphire (compared to Middleton’s 12) features the same oval shape as the Diana’s, likewise surrounded by diamonds.

Mikimoto South Sea pearl earrings
Earrings in platinum with cultured pearls and 2.27 cts. t.w. diamonds, $64,000; Mikimoto

Middleton is often spotted wearing elegant and understated pearl drop earrings, particularly a pair passed down to her from the late queen. Every time she wears them it feels more significant than a fashion statement—and a subtle way to pay homage to Queen Elizabeth II.

Bentley & Skinner tiara
Bentley & Skinner Belle Époque tiara (also shown at top) in platinum with diamonds, $241,499; 1stDibs

What’s a princess without a tiara? While Middleton tends to wear diamond and pearl-embellished styles (particularly the Lover’s Knot tiara), this diamond one was made by Bentley & Skinner, a British family–held company and jeweler that has some royal ties.

Bulgari necklace
Emerald Ellipse necklace in platinum with a 62.04 ct. Zambian pear-shape emerald, emeralds, and diamonds, price on request; Bulgari

Inspired by the emerald and diamond choker the princess wore to the Earthshot Prize 2022 in Boston (the same one Princess Diana wore as a headpiece, as she had trouble getting it on her neck), Bulgari’s Emerald Ellipse necklace spotlights cabochon emeralds and diamonds in a similar fashion.

VCA brooch
Van Cleef & Arpels Flower Bouquet brooch in 18k gold with rubies and sapphires, $88,000; 1stDibs

While Middleton often wears brooches—other notables including her St. Patricks’ Day shamrock and the oak leaf brooch believed to have ties to her family—she seems to rely on her floral bouquet brooch time and time again. Plus, it’s part of a set that includes earrings, which makes it that much more dynamic.

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By: Annie Davidson

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