Royal Wedding Jewelry: Catherine Wears Cartier & Robinson Pelham

The royal wedding jewelry shining from Kate Middleton (now Her Royal Highness Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge) was an understated display of elegance, grace and delicate diamonds.

The Tiara:

The subject of MUCH speculation, Kate ‘borrowed’ the Halo Tiara from The Queen’s coffers, which was made by Cartier in 1936. The Queen’s father, then the Duke of York, bought the bauble for the Queen Mother, then the Duchess of York (still with me?), who then gave it to her daughter – then Princess Elizabeth – on her 18th birthday.

Set in platinum, the priceless jewel is made from old and baguette-cut diamonds, with the upper part forming a range of lotus flowers and the lower ‘zig-zag’ part forming a removable piece that can be used as a bandeau.

No word yet on whether or not Catherine gets to keep it for her own collection – or if it’s just a loaner. Stay tuned!

The Earrings:

Kate’s understated earrings by Robinson Pelham were a gift from her parents – and were specifically designed to match her tiara. Nice touch.

According to Today Show blogger, The Windsor Knot, the earrings are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond drop and a pavé-set diamond acorn suspended in the centre.

Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. Cool.

The Ring:

Kate’s wedding band, which ALMOST didn’t make it on her ring finger (nice work, Wills) is a rare band of Welsh gold by Wartski, who also crafted the Welsh gold wedding bands for Prince Charles and Camilla.

Prince William famously declined to wear a ring because he ‘doesn’t have a taste for jewelry’. It’s a happy day. I’ll leave this as a rare “No comment”.

Overall, we witnessed a delicate diamond display that’s in keeping with Kate’s understated jewelry style. We’ll see how long that lasts now that she has access to The Queen’s stash!

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  1. Anonymous

    I don’t think this is the Cartier Halo. Your photo looks nothing like what she is wearing. It looks like the Scroll Tiara to me.

  2. Jewelry Insider

    The Scroll and the Cartier Halo are the same thing according to the tiara experts I’ve been reading today. There’s been much confusion – but the official word is they are the same.

  3. Jewelry Insider

    I stand corrected. Thanks for clarifying the image credit. I’ve righted the ship (although the image I had was credited as the Scroll – and kindof looked the same to me – but I’m a tiara novice. Clearly.) Thanks again and Happy Wedding Day!

  4. vintage ring

    Her earring and tiara looks fabulous. I have no words to explain how beautiful she was looking on her wedding day. I have seen the footage on television and I can’t move myself till end as I was just looking at her jewels.

  5. colored diamonds

    The bridal earrings are gorgeous. She is looking extremely beautiful in wedding costumes. I remembered my wedding days while reading this post and got smile on my face. The post has been written very beautifully.

  6. Marlio

    I hope Kate is givien the same pearl and diamond tiara that was given to Princess Diana by the Queen. I hated to see Camilla wearing it as I consider her to be of less standing than diana. I consider this tiara to be dianas and should pass on to Kate. The tiara shw wore on her wedding today looked a little tacky to me , even if it was cartier.

  7. Anonymous

    As an employee of Cartier I have to set the record straight and give you the right information.

    The tiara that Kate wore was borrowed for the queen for the day and is indeed the Halo tiara.
    First made in 1934 for Begum Andrèe Aga Khan.

    The upper part forms a halo stylized lotus flowers, while the lower part with its zigzag motifs can be detached to form a bandeau.

    Sold to her Highness the Begum Andree Aga Khan.
    Born Andree Carron, Her Highness the Begum Aga Khan was the third wife of his Highness Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III
    (whom she divorced in 1943) and the mother of prince Sadruddin Aga Khan.

    The tiara In 4cm high in the center and 17cm in Diameter

  8. Anonymous

    I personally didn’t particularly care for the tiera and thought the Queen could have loaned her something better looking than this one. But it does burn me everytime I see Camilla tainting the tiera that Diana wore all the time. I don’t think she should be allowed to wear it as I don’t think she’s worthy.

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