Queen Jetsun of Bhutan gave Kate Middleton a very special gift as a token of their meeting during the latter and her husband Prince William’s royal tour of India and Bhutan. The 25-year-old Bhutanese queen, also known as the ‘Kate of the Himalayas’ gifted the British royal a gold and diamond necklace. Kate debuted the piece of jewelry while taking a flight back to India from Bhutan.
The 34-year-old royal’s custom-made gold and diamond ‘endless knot’ necklace is by Bhutanese designer Sonam Rabgye. The stylish Bhutanese royal Jetsun presented Kate with the beautiful necklace during the time they spent together at a private dinner hosted by the former and her husband King Jigme.
The designer reportedly said that the necklace is an auspicious Buddhist symbol representing the harmony of wisdom and compassion. According to her, her business is a social enterprise that “creates Bhutanese fine fashion, classic designs, bespoke pieces and Buddhist totems.”
The endless knot necklace is made of 18-carat yellow gold. It featured diamonds, a 14 inch slim silver link chain with lobster fastening. The stunning piece of jewelry is priced at $1,200 in the designer’s website.
Her Facebook page said: “Our vision is to provide sustainable income to Bhutanese communities through Bhutanese craftsmanship.” In an interview in Bhutanese magazine Yeewong in February, Rabgye said that she left her regular nine-to-five job to make her foray in designing. Luckily for her, after seeing her commitment, her family was supportive of her new venture.
Meanwhile, Kate bid farewell to Bhutan last Saturday in a recycled Alexander McQueen dress. She wore the white outfit for the first time during Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee tour. She accessorized with the endless knot necklace, a gift from Jetsun, and paired it with her favorite Kiki McDonough Lauren pave diamond leaf earrings .
Kate carried the same Natalie gold straw box clutch bag by LK Bennett and wore nude high heels also by the same brand.