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Designs for a Duchess


The Countess of Strathearn, as the Duchess of Cambridge is known in Scotland, has become known around the world for her classic sense of style. Now, fashion fans visiting Edinburgh Castle can now take home a little bit of royal style as a souvenir of their visit. The castle’s Crown Gift Shop is now stocking work by jewellery designer Catherine Zoraida, whose delicate pieces have been worn by the Countess on a number of occasions.

Most recently, on the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, the Countess wore a pair of gold-plated silver ‘double leaf’ earrings (£150) which are available in the Crown Gift Shop alongside the ‘spread your wings’ bracelet (£480) which the Countess wore to a Malaysian state dinner in 2012.

Jewellery by Catherine Zoraida

Some of Catherine’s signature pieces available at Edinburgh Castle

“Much of my work is inspired by my Scottish upbringing, so I’m delighted that the Crown Gift Shop at Edinburgh Castle is now stocking my designs,” says Catherine. “Scottish iconography has informed a number of my pieces, including the bold thistle ring, one of my favourite pieces, which is also available as a brooch.”

Born in Colombia and raised in Scotland, Catherine Zoraida studied at the Edinburgh College of Art and creates playful and quirky jewellery, which is inspired by nature and handmade in her studio in London.

Designer Catherine Zoraida in the Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle

Catherine Zoraida in the Great Hall, Edinburgh Castle

Items now available in the Crown Gift Shop include earrings, rings bracelets and necklaces, and prices range from £150 for a pair of earrings to £780 for the statement ‘thistle’ ring, which is exclusive to the Crown Gift Shop in Scotland.


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