The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a pair of diamond earrings by Asprey in Ireland
The Duchess of Cambridge wearing a pair of diamond earrings by Asprey in Ireland Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

The Duchess of Cambridge is a diplomatic dressing pro, stepping out of an Aer Lingus flight to Dublin in head-to-toe emerald on Tuesday, the first day of the three-day royal tour of Ireland. She later continued the green theme with a glittering forest green dress by The Vampire’s Wife - and was hailed by the Telegraph’s fashion team for her style nous. 

The Duchess’s jewellery also showed that she’s comfortable to shake off the ‘traditional’ rules of accessorising and forge her own, more modern, path. Typically, women would save their best jewellery for evening events, pairing their most formal outfits with precious diamonds and gemstones. Meanwhile, daytime occasions called for more pared-back jewels: a simple pair of gold hoops, studs, or - one of the Duchess’s personal favourites - pearl earrings.

In recent years, contemporary jewellery designers have been encouraging women not to save their diamonds for best, and instead to wear them more casually in the daytime. Brands such as Anita Ko, Jessica McCormack, Messika and Jennifer Meyer have seen a surge in so-called ‘everyday diamonds’, and it’s a trend the Duchess of Cambridge is very much on board with. 

The Duchess swept her hair off her face with a velvet headband, all the better to let the diamonds be seen Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

On Tuesday she debuted a new pair of diamond earrings by British jeweller Asprey. The Daisy Heritage earrings depict a pretty flower crafted in 18ct white gold and diamonds, and retail for £17,300 - although they are now sold out on Asprey’s website. The Duchess swept her hair off her face with a velvet headband, allowing the diamonds to be seen, and kept the rest of her jewellery to a minimum, wearing just her sapphire and diamond engagement ring三级成人视频 and wedding band.

三级成人视频Later on Tuesday, an outfit change called for an accessories switch-up - and rather than reaching for an even more elaborate pair of gemstone-encrusted earrings, the Duchess chose to rewear a pair of oversized gold-tone drop earrings which reports suggest are from H&M.

The Duchess changed into a pair of hammered gold-effect H&M earrings for the evening Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

With a hammered-gold-effect finish, the earrings complemented the shimmering fabric of her The Vampire’s Wife dress which, with a price tag of £1,595, was likely worth over a hundred times more than the jewels. The earrings are a few seasons old - the Duchess wore them at a dinner in November 2018 - but currently the most expensive pair on H&M’s website sells for £19.99.

The Duchess’s approach mirrors the ‘high-low’ mix that fashion editors have been advocating for several years. Pairing a designer dress with high-street costume jewels takes it down a notch and prevents you from looking overdressed. Antique diamond earrings from the Queen’s collection are perfect for white-tie diplomatic receptions at Buckingham Palace, but for clutching a pint at the Guinness Storehouse, the H&M earrings worked a treat. 

Costume jewellery also provides more of a statement for far less of an investment. But properly precious diamond jewellery, like the Duchess’s Asprey earrings, will last a lifetime. Timeless and versatile, they’d look just as fresh with a white shirt and jeans as they did with her Alessandra Rich dress. In the era of buying less, buying better and ‘recycling’ as much as possible, diamonds actually are forever - and as the Duchess knows, they deserve to be worn.

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