Kate Middleton’s ‘perfect choice’ gem unveiled on video call with student nurses

Royal fans are gushing over Kate Middleton's choice of jewellery after it was finally identified during a video call with student nurses.

The Duchess of Cambridge's Lapis Lazuli gemstone necklace was described as "perfect choice" for the virtual visit by her and Prince William to Ulster University in Northern Ireland.

Eagle-eyed royal watchers were quick to point out it was the stone of healing, wisdom, intuition and truth after the video was released on Wednesday evening.

The clip showed the Duchess and Duke of Cambridge chatting to students from the university to hear about their experiences of studying during the pandemic.

They also spoke about undertaking placements on the frontline in Northern Ireland.

The royal couple praised the group of nurses during the call, with Kate telling them: "Nursing is one of the most trusted professions in the country, so you couldn't have chosen a better career choice and it's needed now more than ever.

"You've got almost three generations now – those coming back from retirement but also you guys doing your training who are stepping up – it shows real commitment and real teamwork, and it should really be celebrated, so really well done."

Since then, Hello! magazine has reported on the gem's ancient royal connections including it being used in the death mask of the Ancient Egyptian Pharoah Tutankhamen.

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Legendary beauty Cleopatra was also known to use ground lapis lazuli as eyeshadow.

Royal fans had been struggling to identify the gem from previous times Kate has worn it in video calls.

It has now been revealed to be a new buy from Astley Clarke, the 'Round Stilla Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace', which costs £160.

The Astley Clarke website states: "A celebration of vibrancy, this demi-fine Stilla gemstone pendant features a captivating table-cut lapis lazuli gem, set in 18-carat yellow gold plated sterling silver, and uses a spectacle setting to display the entire blue gemstone and show its complexities beautifully."

Hello! said: "We think it was the perfect choice for Kate's classic outfit, which she teamed with glossy straight hair and what appears to be a new pair of gold earrings, too."

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