Kiki McDonough, the fashionable royal's go-to tour jeweler says "Kate looked absolutely fabulous" on tour in India and Bhutan

By Monique Jessen
April 19, 2016 04:05 PM
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When it comes to accessories, Princess Kate really is a pro.

While on tour in India and Bhutan last week, the royal mom wore local Bhutanese street jewelry with pride and rocked an $11 pair of earrings from the British high-street to play cricket.

Kate was also photographed wearing a necklace that was given to her by Queen Jetsun of Bhutan. The custom-made gold and diamond Endless Knot necklace was created by Bhutanese designer, Sonam Rabgye. The special Buddhist symbol represents the harmony of wisdom and compassion.

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When it came to breaking out the major bling, she relied upon luxury jeweler Kiki McDonough – wearing over $13,195 worth of the designer’s precious gemstone earrings.

“Kate looked absolutely fabulous on tour,” London-based McDonough tells PEOPLE exclusively, confirming that Kate wore four of her designs, many of them several times over on the week-long trip, which was predicted by the palace to be the most colorful royal tour to date.

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And the tour didn’t disappoint – especially when it come to Kate’s bold and brighter-than-ever jewelry choices. Wearing McDonough’s lavender amethyst pear and oval drop earrings to meet the King and Queen of Bhutan, classic citrine pear drops (her go-to earrings for everything from shopping on the Kings Road to a five-hour trek in Bhutan) and delicate yellow gold leaf motif earrings to bid Bhutan farewell – there was one pair of particularly eye-catching earrings that that had sentimental significance.

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Made especially for Kate as “a gift following Princess Charlotte‘s birth” the green tourmaline and green amethyst oval drop earrings which she debuted at lunch with Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi (worn with her green lace Temperley London dress) cost $4995 and were a made-to-order design. Although the brand was unable to confirm whether the gift was from Prince William, Kate did also start wearing an eternity band from another Chelsea-based jeweler, Annoushka, shortly after the birth of Prince George.

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Either way, McDonough couldn’t be happier that Kate packed so many of her jewels for the royal tour.

“From going on a hike to meeting the King and Queen of Bhutan and Narendra Modi, our jewelry is specifically designed for women who lead extremely busy lives,” says McDonough who firmly believes that fine jewelry should be worn and appreciated every day.

After she began designing in 1985, McDonough carved a niche for herself in the in the gem world by creating fine jewelry in bright and bold colors. Since then she has seen many celebrity customers frequent her Sloane Square store, with Kate herself owning at least ten pieces of sparkle from the brand.

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