Before she was the girl who would be queen, Kate Middleton was an accessories buyer. Seriously! She worked as an assistant buyer for UK retailer Jigsaw for about a year, until she became a website designer and photographer for her family’s party planning company — a job she’s quitting as she eases into royal life.
Jigsaw is what the Brits call a high street brand, or what Americans call a fast fashion chain (think H&M, Topshop and the like). During her time there, Kate collaborated with jewelry designer Claudia Bradby on a necklace for Junior Jigsaw that is now being reissued. Claudia calls Kate “utterly charming and really rather impressive; focused, creative, thoughtful and kind,” and says she “thought it would be a good idea to reissue it to celebrate their engagement.”
We think the necklace’s reissuing capitalizes on the engagement more than it celebrates it — and unlike Charlotte Todd, Claudia seems eager to cash in on the royal hullabaloo. Also, dare we say the necklace (which retails for about $72) looks like something straight out of the QVC engagement ring knockoff collection?
Take a look for yourself: