Raiding Our Mothers’ Jewellery Boxes

The Portrait Gala 2014 - National Portrait Gallery - London

Last week saw Kate Middleton make her first public appearance in 2014, wearing a stunning Jenny Packham ball gown that was paired with one of the Queen’s necklaces.

The diamond necklace, which was a wedding present to the queen in 1947 from the Nizam of Hyderabad, was created in the 1930’s by Cartier. The duchess borrowed it from the Queen for her appearance at the National Portrait Gallery.

It has just been announced today that Kate will also borrow the crown jewels for her tour of Australia meaning that she is sure to dazzle Down Under.

Jewellery and clothes tend to be something that even non-royal families pass down through the generations, turning favourite pieces into priceless heirlooms.

My love for style came from my mother and grandmother. Both have always been impeccably dressed, and their outfits perfectly accessorised with beautiful jewellery.

I always borrow lots of clothes from my mum. This started at age 5 when I first started playing dress up with her wardrobe, and to this day I’m still always eyeing up her jewellery. My all-time favourite piece has always been a ruby ring that she was given for her graduation.

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It fits me perfectly, and it really is my favourite piece of hers. The gold band and two accompanying diamonds make it something that I think is really different from anything you can buy on the high street.

I’m always trying it on and asking to borrow it, but unlike the queen, mum is not so keen to part with it yet, and in the meantime it remains firmly in my mothers jewellery box, and not on my finger as I would like. Maybe some day.

The rest of the Fashion North team all covet the family jewels, and some of us have been lucky enough to get our hands on them already.

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Amy Ingram, Deputy editor, got a clock face pendant from her grandmother. “The watch is broken on it now, because my mum used to play with it when she was a kid, but I still wear it most days.”

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Victoria Bainbridge, our Social Media Editor, has a bracelet that was made out of a necklace that belonged to her grandma, “my sister has the other half in a bracelet, so we have matching keepsakes.”

Jewellery holds sentimental value and for this reason it will always hold a special place in our hearts. See, we are just like K-Middy!

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