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Although the United Kingdom may be celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee this week with a series of festivities honoring the monarch’s 70th year on the throne, it seems yet another precious gem has managed to steal the spotlight — sapphires.
On Thursday, June 2, the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, made headlines after she sported the stunning stones during official celebratory events, pairing one of her signature white Alexander McQueen coat dresses with sapphire jewels.
Though Kate’s teardrop earrings and matching necklace garnered praise for providing a fresh, simplistic take on royal elegance, the Duchess isn’t the first member of the Windsor family to experiment with styling these regal stones.
Long before appearing as an integral element of Kate’s now-viral Jubilee attire, the sapphire earrings were a staple in Princess Diana’s jewelry box, emerging as her accessory of choice during several high-profile events throughout the early ‘90s, including a trip to Canada and a visit to the White House, Harper’s Bazaar reported. They even made an appearance on fashion’s biggest night, emphasizing the navy hue of her slip dress at the 1996 Met Gala.
But even with these differing takes on styling the earrings, Diana and Kate seemingly have one thing in common — they both evidently love a good, matching necklace. For Diana, this came in the form of a bold, pearl choker with a large sapphire at the center. To Kate, this manifested through a matching sapphire halo necklace, one she has sported before with a similar pair of earrings.
But you don't have to be a royal to rock this classic, regal look. From studs to necklaces, here are three ways you can snag this Palace-approved look for less.
- Keep It Classic
- Short & Sweet
- Necklace Glam
Keep It Classic
The most straightforward way to channel this iconic royal look is to take after Kate and Diana, rocking a dramatic, teardrop sapphire earring. Don't have a royal gem collection? No problem. Boasting brilliant lab-grown sapphires, these Zales earrings pack a royal punch for a fraction of the price.
Short & Sweet
Looking for a more subtle way to channel this regal trend? Add an air of casualness to this look by cutting down on length, opting for a classic sapphire stud instead of a long accessory.
If earrings aren't your thing, try taking after Kate by reaching for a minimalist necklace. Pair the jewels with an all-white outfit to make the accessory further stand out.
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