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Edinburgh Castle stocks jewellery worn by the Countess of Strathearn

26 May 2014

The Countess of Strathearn (as the Duchess of Cambridge is known in Scotland) is known for her classic sense of style, and 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, she 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.

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.

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.

Other pieces – all finished in either silver or gold-plated silver – include ‘bluebell’ earrings and the ‘long luck’ necklace, which features teardrops of green aventurine on a long, gold chain.

Stephen Duncan, Director of Commercial and Tourism at Historic Scotland said: “We continue to invest in our retail offering across our sites, and the Crown Gift Shop at Edinburgh Castle stocks a wide range of luxury items including cashmere pieces by Johnstons of Elgin and silverware by Hamilton & Inches.

“I am delighted that the shop is now stocking pieces by Catherine Zoraida. Her creative and innovative work has won her a number of high-profile fans, including the Countess of Strathearn, and I’m sure her stylish pieces will be very popular with visitors to the castle.”

Catherine Zoraida said: “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. 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.”


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Alice Wyllie
Historic Scotland Media Office
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