While Princess Kate may be associated with her classic coatdresses, sandy stilettos and frilly fascinators, one item stays synonymous with the British beauty and her style: pearl earrings. Worn for special occasions, regular engagements and daily workwear, the princess has amassed a treasure trove of dainty, delicate and demure pearls.
Paying homage to her princess predecessors — she frequently wears elegant cultured pearls and freshwater studs on the job. In fact, she’s so enamored with the lustrous look of pearls — she even owns a belt (Camilla Elphick Pearl Belt) and bag (Anya Hindmarch Maud Pearl Embellished Satin Clutch) adorned with the spherical embellishment.
Princess Kate’s most worn inherited gems come in the form of pearl earrings and pearl studs; she frequently wears the royal heirlooms for dressy cocktail occasions and ceremonial duty. Yet, the stylish brunette has a pile of pearls that aren’t just keepsakes from the royal vault — she collects glistening baroque pearl drops, pearl hoops and pearl studs with her own princess paychecks.
Here are 21 Pairs of Kate Middleton’s Favorite Pearl Earrings:
- Oscar de la Renta Pearl Sun Star Button Earrings
Crafted in the United States, these starburst earrings are constructed with shiny Japanese resin pearls surrounded by gold plated spikes that create the effect of shining sunrays. Kate wore the button earrings twice in 2017 — once in Germany and again for Remembrance Sunday ceremonies. New Season
2. Shyla Rosalia Earrings in Pearl
The ravishing royal recently stepped out in these trendy twisted gold hoops in September 2023 for a visit to Leeds and Lancaster. She later rewore the freshwater pearl statement earrings on two more occasions the following month.
3. Heavenly London Imitation Pearl & Diamond Earrings
In July 2011, the princess was a newlywed when she spent time with the Queen to view her own wedding dress exhibition at Buckingham Palace — she wore a simple pale pink Joseph Scala sheath paired with these silver plated pearl earrings. A decade later, she wore the cubic zirconia earrings with a resin pearl drop for a museum visit.
4. Accessorize Pearl Rope Drop Earrings
For a video appearance at the Natural History Museum, the princess looked sharp in a tailored tuxedo jacket by Alexander McQueen and new pearl drop earrings. Royal style sleuths believe the earrings might be from Accessorize London or perhaps the pair is from Simone Rocha.
5. Maria Black Cha Cha Earrings
Created by Copenhagen-born Maira Black, Kate was showing off her Danish diplomacy in these huggie hoop earrings for a visit to Denmark in February 2022. Subsequently, the princess sported the earrings on seven more occasions including on tour in Jamaica.
6. Freya Rose Mini Hoops with Detachable Pearls
Handmade by artisan jewelers, these customizable gold vermeil earrings have five detachable freshwater pearl charms on each hoop. Kate has stepped out in the modern mini hoops on a total of three occasions.
7. Anita Dongre Kundan Pearl Drop Earrings
Created by Indian designer Anita Dongre, the princess has worn these round bezel stone earrings with a pearl drop on just two occasions. She donned them in 2017 in a glittery Erdem dress for a reception and then again for a Commonwealth Fashion Exchange event the following year.
8. Simone Rocha Faux Pearl Curb Chain Earrings
Spotted on the princess a dozen times, these imitation pearl earrings are finished with a post back fastening and are crafted with a sculptural gold chain design.
9. Shyla Chunky Knot Baroque Pearl Earrings
Based in London, Shyla Jewellery is a female-led and eco-minded company that places an emphasis on creating durable and sensitive skin friendly pieces (all their jewelry is hypoallergenic). Thus, it’s easy to see why the princess was drawn to these distinctive high shine gold earrings with a white baroque pearl.
10. Annoushka Pearl and Diamond Hoop Earrings
The freshwater pearls from Annoushka are what make these simple hoops extra special. Kate combined the pearl drops with diamond hoops originating from a pair of the princess’ oval drop green amethyst Kiki earrings. Worn by the royal beauty on over 70 occasions, these are the most recycled pearl pieces in Kate’s jewelry box.
11. Oscar de la Renta Hammered Gold Disc Hoop Earrings
The princess has worn these hammered disc earrings on five occasions — the USA made accessories feature a gold plated pewter disc with a faux pearl at the center.
12. Collingwood Pearl Earrings
The family jeweler of the Spencer family, Collingwood Jewelers, was responsible for crafting these diamond suspender earrings — the jewels are finished with a dangling statement pearl and were a gift to Princess Diana on her wedding day. The family jeweler gave Diana these sparklers along with a matching necklace — Princess Di wore the earrings first in 1981 and throughout her royal life to state banquets and other palace parties. She even donned them with her iconic off-the-shoulder black ‘revenge dress’ by Christina Stambolian in 1994. Princess Kate first stepped out in the earrings for a state banquet in 2017 and has often worn them for sentimental and special occasions.
13. South-Sea Pearl Earrings
Kate may wear Princess Diana’s lavish and large diamond earrings but she has swapped out Di’s bigger pearl for a smaller size. The mom of three often wears Diana’s South-Sea diamond pearl drop earrings for major events in the royal calendar including Ascot and Remembrance Day.
14. Balenciaga Eugenia Pearl Clip Earrings
Often sporting these designer earrings with the matching pearl statement necklace, Kate loves these easy clip-ons for overseas engagements and Easter Sunday. The princess has worn the nearly $800 Italian made cultured mabé pearls in France and Poland.
15. Diamond and Pearl Leaf Earrings
A new addition to her royal jewelry box, the princess stepped out in these diamond and pearl leaf earrings for the first time for Remembrance Sunday in November 2023. The future Queen consort has also worn the matching brooch.
16. J.Crew Pearl and Diamond Earrings
At less than $70, these cluster clasp earrings are a real royal bargain. Designed with petal shaped stones and various sized pearls, these chic gold-tone earrings have been worn by the princess on two evening occasions. New Season
17. Cassandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Stud Earrings
Inspired by blossoming cauliflower stalks overflowing from the baskets of visitors to a Sicilian outdoor market, these white floret earrings feature a cluster of seven pearls with miniature diamonds. Kate has worn the nearly $7000 earrings on 10 occasions including for outings at Wimbledon and to attend Prince Louis’ christening.
18. In2Design Baroque Pearl Drop Earrings
Dangling pearls hanging from a thin gold wire, these Baroque pearl earrings are one-of-a-kind and have been spotted on famous faces like Oprah. Kate frequently wears the handmade earrings to tennis matches and special lunches.
19. Accessorize Pearl and Disc Hoop Earrings
Worn for a private volunteer visit with all three of her children to a Baby Bank in December 2023, Kate stunned in a creamy Reiss Edina relaxed wool cashmere blend roll neck sweater and these affordable huggie hoop earrings with a molten disc and hanging pearl charm.
20. Queen’s Earrings
The princess often wears Queen Elizabeth II’s Silver Jubilee Pearl and Diamond Stud Earrings as well as the Bahrain Pearl Drop Earrings.
21. Mysterious Double Drop Pearl Earrings
The pretty princess also owns these stud earrings — featuring pearls of two different sizes (oval and round). Kate debuted the unidentified pearl studs at a Buckingham Palace garden party in the early summer of 2012.