While often associated with chunky statement jewels, oversized sparklers and a see-it-from-space sapphire ring, the Princess of Wales in fact owns many pieces of jewelry without heft or bulk. Worn for years while occupying her royal role, Kate has long been a fan of tiny stud earrings for their portability and practicality.

Here are 12 of Kate Middleton’s Favorite Pairs of Stud Earrings:

1. Asprey London Daisy Heritage Diamond Earrings (2 Wears)

Featuring individually set micro marquise diamond petals with a pavé diamond centre, all set in 18 carat white gold, these floral motif earrings have tons of shine and sparkle. Priced at around $25,000, the diamond studs are designed to look like daisy flowers; the earrings have appeared on Princess Kate’s lovely lobes on a total of two occasions — in Ireland in March 2020 and for a St. David’s Day Parade in Windsor in March 2023.

2. Casandra Goad Cavolfiore Pearl Stud Earrings (11 Wears)

Around the sized of a nickel coin, these 18 carat yellow gold earrings are priced around $6000. The design is inspired by young cauliflower stalks seen in Italian markets in Sicily and the surrounding coastal region. Featuring seven bulbous pearls accented with delicate mini diamonds, these earrings have appeared on the princess for major and momentous occasions including the christening of Prince Louis in July 2018 and most recently at Trooping the Colour 2024.


3. Asprey 167 Button Earrings

Sparkly yet understated, these earrings costing just over $3000, first appeared on Her Royal Highness for London Marathon Training Day at Olympic Park. Not afraid to run a relay race with Prince William and Prince Harry wearing the earlobe embellishment, Kate has donned the round button earrings with a central amethyst stone on a total of two occasions. She owns the matching necklace as well.

4. Oscar de la Renta Pearl Gold Disc Earrings 

Debuted in the fall of 2016, these $190 designer earrings feature a sea inspired design with a central Swarovski pearl inspired by marine life and specifically saltwater oysters. The delicate gilded studs are defined by a large hammered disc made of gold plated pewter. Eye-catching but elegant, the clip back earrings are constructed in the United States. The princess has worn the art deco earrings on a total of five occasions.


5. Oscar de la Renta Pearl Star Sun Button Earrings

Priced around $175, these affordable studs have a sunny starburst design with golden spikes emanating from a striking Japanese resin pearl. Perfect for pairing with sophisticated summer garments, these post back earrings are office appropriate but still glamorous. Kate has worn the sun-ray style earrings on a total of two occasions including a July trip to Germany in 2017 and for Remembrance Sunday services the same year.


6. Kiki Grace White Topaz Stud Earrings

At just under $1000, these round white topaz gemstone earrings are one of Kate’s most versatile pairs of accessories. Simple and delicate, the studs feature a round white topaz gemstone encircled by small diamonds all set in 18 carat gold. The princess has worn them on just shy of 30 occasions.

7. Annoushka Pearl Stud Earrings

Believed to have been a design from the British fine jeweler Annoushka Ducas, these classic and chic pearl earrings were spotted on the princess during the Summer Olympic Games held in London in 2012. Kate wore them for attending various sporting events including a sailing competition at Weymouth Harbour.


8. Balenciaga Eugenia Pearl Clip Earrings 

These oversized Italian Mabé pearl earrings with a clip-on backing were first spotted on Princess Kate for Trooping the Colour 2016. The set of cuff earrings have a large central freshwater pearl surrounded by a silvertone rim dotted with crystals. Kate has donned the earrings on six total occasions including for trips to Paris and Poland.


9. G. Collins & Sons Tanzanite Stud Earrings 

Featuring an inverted pear shaped tanzanite stone flanked by diamonds, these luxurious $6500 earrings have appeared on Princess Kate on eight different occasions including for a Royal Tour of Canada in 2016.


10. J. Crew Pearl and Crystal Earrings

Clusters of petal shaped crystals and faux pearls define these holiday-friendly statement studs. Worn once for the Festival of Remembrance in 2018 and twice in 2023, the affordable gold-tone earrings are one of Kate’s best budget pairs. 


11. Queen Elizabeth’s Pearl and Diamond Studs

For special and sentimental occasions, Princess Kate turns to these oval pearl and diamond stud earrings. The mom of three has worn them on a total of seven occasions including most recently at St Davids Cathedral in the fall of 2023.


12. Kiki McDonough Peridot and Blue Topaz Stud Earrings

These candy colored gemstone earrings are believed to cost around $1500. The luxury accessories feature an oval peridot gemstone set atop two small round stones with a larger blue topaz anchoring the glossy gems. The dazzling earrings are set in 18 carat yellow gold. Princess Kate has appeared in the rainbow studs on one occasion for the red carpet of the “African Cats” nature documentary in the spring of 2012.