We are back with our jewelry polls as well as a delightful giveaway for something I think you will like.
We begin with the polls, which we have broken into three separate categories.
- the first inludes only new pieces
- the second covers items we have previously seen Kate wear
- the final is limited to earrings only
The first new item we saw was at the SportsAid gala when Kate wore the Cartier Trinity Hoops in yellow, white and rose gold.
At the National Service of Thanksgiving Kate debuted a new necklace that appeared to be an aquamarine surrounded by diamonds.
We saw another new pair of earrings at Trooping the Colour, when the Duchess wore jewelry by a brand we’ve not seen her wear before, Balenciaga. She chose the silvertone clips with faux pearls and crystals.
There was another new pair of earrings at the Garden Party in Northern Ireland. The design appears to be a customized version of Kiki McDonough’s Eden Diamond Flower Drop Earrings, with citrines instead of the lemon quartz stones shown online.
For her first time at Royal Ascot the Duchess also wore new earrings, pearls suspended from what looks like a blue topaz surrounded by diamonds. These remain unidentified.
Now for those pieces we have previously seen, starting with the aquamarine/diamond drops worn to St. Paul’s for the Service of Thanksgiving with the Catherine Walker coatdress and new pendant.
For the Patron’s Lunch we saw the Mappin & Webb Empress earrings.
As well as the matching pendant.
The wow factor at Order of the Garter was the diamond jewelry worn by the Duchess. This included the custom oak leaf and acorn earrings created by Robinson Pelham for Kate and William’s wedding in 2011.
The Duchess wore the diamond bracelet we have seen several times since the initial wearing during the North American tour in 2011.
And the Mappin and Webb Empress pendant.
The Northern Ireland Garden Party brought the return of the Irish Guards shamrock brooch, previously seen when Kate has distributed shamrocks on St. Patrick’s Day.
And now for our final poll, focusing only on earrings worn by the Duchess for all of the mid-June engagements.
We’ll feature the results of the clothing & accessories votes in this Wednesday’s post.
UPDATED JULY 2: Thank you to everyone who entered, and of course, Cornelia James. Congratulations go to Katie in Wisconsin, she is our lucky winner! Here is her comment saying where she would wear the scarf.
And now to our giveaway. Many of us think of Cornelia James as the Royal Warrant holder making the gloves worn by royal family members, as well as celebrities around the world, from Rihanna to Kate Moss. Here you see Kate wearing the Imogen style while distributing shamrocks to the Irish Guards on St. Patrick’s Day of 2015.
Kate owns this style in several colors.
But the company is also known for its elegant accessories, like shawls, leather goods and scarves. It is the scarves we’re looking at today. The spring/summer collection at Cornelia James offers some beautiful pieces. Below, the Leonora in silk crêpe de chine, featuring a vibrant sunglass print. The design is inspired by Genevieve James, daughter of company founder Cornelia James’ and the firm’s creative director. Genevieve is never without her sunglasses.
Here you see the Cornelia in three of the four colors offered, featuring the company’s Eternity Marque, a C and J knotted together.
But the scarf in this summer’s collection likely to hold the most charm for many Kate fashion followers? The Imogen, showcasing Kate’s glove style in an array of rich colors.
The design is both whimsical and sophisticated, and offered in two colorways.
It is a stunning piece to see, but the magic happens when you pick the scarf up. It has a lush, luxurious feel, primarily due to its weight: 12.5 momme, an ideal amount that drapes beautifully. (Momme is the measure of weight for silk; the higher the number, the heavier the weight.)It has, as do all the Cornelia James scarves, a truly hand-rolled edge, not machine-rolled.
Seeing the glove and its perky bow as represented on the scarf is a delight. The Imogen measures 90cm x 90cm, that’s about 35″ x 35″.
Unsure about how you might wear one of the scarves? There is a nifty guide on the Cornelia James blog, The Summer Scarf and 10 Ways to Wear It.
Hopefully every single reader will have the experience of opening a Cornelia James package at some point in their life. While I can’t make that happen for everyone, it will happen for the winner of our giveaway.
The giveaway is for a Cornelia James Imogen scarf in the grey colorway.
Here’s how to enter:
- Leave a comment saying where you would wear the scarf
- For a second entry post about the giveaway on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or other social media, and let us know you did in a comment
- the giveaway is open internationally
- the contest ends Friday, July 1 at midnight EDT
- the winner must be available to respond to our email within 72 hours
We leave you with this wonderful story offering a look inside Cornelia James.
We will keep an eye out for Kate at Wimbledon but do not expect to see her at these early rounds.