Steal Kate's style: Fashion that's fit for a princess

Georgina Yates 30 November -0001

It seems that whatever Kate Middleton touches becomes an overnight sensation. The blue Issa dress that she wore for her public engagement photos sold out within 24 hours of the images going live, and the copy-Kates snapped up the £16 Tesco version too! Get her look with Zoraida Jewellery.

Alexander McQueen matched with Zoraida Jewellery

The 2012 Royal Tour saw the Duchess cement her status as a Royal fashion icon with a myriad of sensational outfits. Arguably, the most breath-taking was a golden Alexander McQueen gown, which she accessorised with Catherine Zoraida’s gold Double Leaf earrings and matching bracelet.  Zoraida remembers the moment well; “The next day the picture was on the front page of every paper around the world. She looked spectacular. It was a hugely exciting, rewarding and a busy few weeks afterwards!”

Kate Middleton Alexander McQueen and Zoraida

Zoraida's Royal Stamp of Approval

Before Kate Middleton gave the jeweller’s work the royal stamp of approval, the more fashion savvy already knew of Zoraida’s talent. After working for a number of other well-respected fine jewellery brands, such as Theo Fennell, she went on to start her own label. Her first collection, Finders Keepers, launched in 2012 immediately inspired a celebrity following that, aside from the Duchess of Cambridge, currently includes Beyoncé and Alexa Chung.

Zoraida’s work is sweet, whimsical and incredibly detailed. “I have always had a slight obsession with small, intricate things,” she muses. “After a year studying Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art, I moved into jewellery and silver-smithing. Drawing is still key to my designs, but I find huge satisfaction in bringing them to life.” In her debut collection Zoraida used 18 carat gold plated silver to bring dragonflies, seahorses and leaves into being. It is clear that her style is heavily influenced by the natural world. “I only have to walk into the garden to find the most wonderfully inspiring designs, patterns or structures,” she affirms.

The Dazzling Eden Collection

This year marks the release of her second dazzling collection, Eden. Named after her late mother, it further explores the theme of nature. Alongside dainty hand-crafted bluebells, poppies and primroses, she also includes abstract interpretations of ‘rainbow drops’ and ‘silhouettes’. These more conceptual designs are often set with rows of diamonds, making this range much more lavish. “The Orchid is a special piece, Zoraida says of her latest work. “It was cast from an orchid I had in my hair on my wedding day. It’s a bold piece that always gets a lot of attention.”

As her business continues to grow, Zoraida says she “may move on to other influences in the future,” but for now the theme of nature prevails. Characterised by both elegance and playfulness, Catherine Zoraida’s jewellery is well worthy of its reputation. Any item from either collection would make a delightful keepsake for a special someone.
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