A SPARKLING pair of diamond earrings worn by the Duchess of Sussex to the reception hosted by the president of Fiji, Jioji Konrote, in October 2018 were the creation of Hong Kong-based celebrity designer Butani.
At the time, Kensington Palace did not reveal the designer, only saying the earrings were “borrowed.” But Meghan’s Mirror, a fashion blog dedicated to chronicling the duchess’ classic and casual style, recently identified the brand.
The earrings, expected to be worth up to £500,000, and are part of Butani’s 2016 collection from their white and yellow diamond suite.
The dinner in Fiji wasn’t the only time the royal was spotted wearing these earrings. She wore them to her father-in-law Prince Charles’ 70 birthday party at Buckingham Palace in November.
The Hong Kong-based company, founded by Papu Butani in 1977 and run by his twin sons Mukesh and Manoj, is known for creating exquisite high-end pieces that’s favoured by A-list celebrities and royals.
Butani’s creations have been worn by celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lopez, Kate Beckinsale, Rihanna, Christina Hendricks and Michelle Obama.
Rihanna wore a pair of their earrings in her Love On The Brain video in 2016, while Beckinsale wore a pair of diamond string earrings to the premiere of The Only Living Boy in New York in 2017.
Lopez wore their earrings in 2017 for the World of Dance premiere.
Obama wore Butani diamond earrings during a state dinner in 2016.
The brothers work closely with their in-house designers and they have a hand in all the pieces that are created.
“We give ourselves an open canvas – we don’t have any boundaries,” Manoj told The Jewellery Editor. “We like to experiment with our settings as well as our cuts.”