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Kate Middleton has set a new trend with her chunky gold necklace

The Princess of Wales stepped out yesterday for a special visit to a textile mill – AW Hainsworth – which was formerly owned by her paternal ancestors. 

Opting for a forest green trouser suit and block heel suede pumps, Kate well and truly delivered in the style department. She completed her outfit with a chunky gold chain necklace.

In the short time frame that’s followed, Google Trends has since seen a 100% spike in UK searches for the term ‘gold chunky necklace’.

It’s not the first time that Kate has caused Google searches to soar. When she received her engagement ring in 2011, the sales of blue sapphires increased globally by 300%. She also caused a surge in searches for ‘pearl drop earrings’ after she wore her Bahrain diamond and pearl earrings to Prince Phillip’s funeral in April 2021.

Kate’s necklace has been identified as the Portrait 14kt gold-plated chain necklace from New York based jewellery label, Laura Lombardi.

The popular piece retails at £148, showcasing Kate’s penchant for sustainable fashion – something that she’s been a big supporter of for years.

Fine jewellery experts at Steven Stone have previously commented on how despite having access to a wealth of royal jewels, Kate regularly wears affordable pieces of jewellery – including a pair of £100 Sezane earrings that Prince William gifted to her on Christmas Day 2022. 

Though the Princess of Wales has always had a talent for mixing designer and high street pieces, her decision to place more of a focus on affordable pieces this year could well be due to the cost of living crisis. It wouldn’t be out of the question if the Princess didn’t feel comfortable boasting valuable pieces at such a testing time for the nation.

“It’s always interesting to see how Kate Middleton can influence a new jewellery trend, and this isn’t the first time it’s happened. When she received her engagement ring in 2011 the sales of blue sapphires increased globally by 300%.

We also saw an increased demand for pearl earrings after she wore them for multiple occasions in 2021 – including to Prince Philip’s funeral.

Expertly plated with 14kt gold using a zero-waste technique, displaying Laura Lombardi’s dedication to artisanal craftsmanship, Kate’s necklace is made with a chunky chain that’s formed from round and oval links, secured with a T-bar. It retails at £158, showcasing the Princess of Wales’ penchant for sustainable fashion.


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