The significance behind Duchess Catherine's stunning (and affordable!) Astley Clarke necklace

Did you spot this show-stopping piece?

Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge meets staff and pupils from Holy Trinity Church of England First School as part of a working visit across the UK ahead of the Christmas holidays on December 7, 2020
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Duchess Catherine’s necklaces are what jewelry dreams of made of and in her latest appearance, she showcased a particularly significant piece. 

The Duchess of Cambridge dazzled royal fans as she made her latest video call appearance wearing a particularly stunning necklace. She and Prince William spoke to student nurses from Ulster University, learning more about their experiences of studying during the pandemic and undertaking frontline placements. Duchess Catherine looked as stylish as ever for this important call, wearing a smart blazer and cream knit.

But it’s the stunning gemstone necklace she was wearing that’s really caught some people’s attention.  Even keen jewelry makers would have to have one of the best jewelry making kits to try and replicate this at home. Standing out against the Duchess of Cambridge’s jumper, the blue stone added an elegant touch of color to her outfit.

It has now been reported as being the 'Round Stilla Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace' from Astley Clarke. 

What is the significance of Duchess Catherine’s necklace?

Not only is lapis lazuli beautiful, but it also has some historic royal connections too. This was a stone used in the famous death mask of Ancient Egyptian Pharoh King Tutankhamun, whilst it’s thought that Cleopatra used it ground up as eyeshadow. 

So Duchess Catherine is certainly following in some pretty impressive royal footsteps with this jewelry piece!

Funerary mask of Tutankhamun, gold, lapis lazuli, carnelian, quartz, obsidian, turquoise and glass paste, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

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Where can you buy the Duchess of Cambridge’s necklace?

The Duchess of Cambridge has long been a style icon to many people around the world and her jewelry particularly delights royal fans. Whilst some of Duchess Catherine’s jewelry, like her amazing sapphire engagement ring, that once belonged to the late Princess Diana, is definitely out of a lot of people’s price range, this lapis lazuli necklace is much more affordable.

Astley Clarke | £160

Round Stilla Moonstone Pendant Necklace |Astley Clarke | £160

This stunning demi-fine Stilla gemstone pendant features a beautiful rose-cut moonstone gem, set in 18 carat yellow gold plated sterling silver. This elegant necklace is finished with a gold nugget detail and the signature Astley Clarke star-set lapis lazuli tag. Perfect for showcasing on its own, or stacked with other jewelry for a multi-layered look, this would make for a wonderful Valentine's Day gift. 

The lapis lazuli version of the necklace is currently available for pre-order and will be back in stock next month. In the meantime, there is a range of other stones available in exactly the same necklace style at Astley Clarke. Moonstone, labradorite and green onyx are just a few options, each beautifully crafted. 

The stunning necklace is £160 and would make for a thoughtful Valentine’s Day present for a loved one - or yourself!

Emma Shacklock
Emma Shacklock

Emma is a Senior Lifestyle Writer with five years experience working in digital publishing, ranging from book publishing to magazines. She currently looks after all things Lifestyle for Woman&Home, GoodToKnow and My Imperfect Life.

Before she joined Future Publishing, Emma graduated from the University of Warwick with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Comparative Literary Studies. After leaving education, she started out her publishing career in the world of books, working as a Publisher for an independent digital publisher specializing in back-list and debut commercial fiction novels. With a huge book list and a passion for bringing the best stories to the broadest audience possible, Emma filled her spare time with reading the latest best-sellers and catching up on hit adaptations.

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a fiction writing coordinator on Woman’s Weekly and Woman’s Weekly Fiction as part of the features team. From here, she used her love of books, working to bring short stories to our dedicated readers and began writing for the books pages of Woman, Woman’s Own and Woman&Home, as well as online features ranging from genre round-ups to travel pieces for 

After honing her skills, Emma branched out online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first. When she’s not writing about the next big lifestyle trend, she enjoys cooking, long walks and watching as many crime dramas as she can!