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Baubles fit for a royal
by Jennifer Dhanaraj

There are many lessons you can learn from Kate Middleton. The first is to marry a prince. Obvious, really.

The second? Bling it up when recycling a dress.

That's what the Duchess of Cambridge did at the premiere of Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom.

It was the second time she wore her cream-coloured Roland Mouret dress.

But this time she wore a Sparkly Crystal Bead Necklace from Zara. Yes, a necklace that costs just $49.90.

And with it being an inexpensive piece, word is that it's sold out at almost all stores.

This is the "Duchess Effect" - anything she wears seems to sell out globally within hours.

For most of us, in the words of New Zealand singer Lorde: "We'll never be royals".

But while the crown jewels and castles are out of reach, here are some royally-inspired necklaces.

Topshop Eagle Stone Necklace ($36)

Soar into the best-dressed lists at those year-end parties with the help of this beautiful necklace.

Shaped like an attacking eagle - giving the piece some attitude with the elegance - it is embellished with multicoloured stones on a thick chain. Expect more than a few conversations to be started by wearing this.

River Island Gold Tone Slinky Statement Necklace ($29.90)

This necklace looks positively regal with a price that us commoners can get hold of. What's not to love?

It's "bejewelled" but not too gaudy. If you want to add some sparkle to your Christmas parties - while not being confused with the tree - this is the perfect accessory.

Available at Zalora.

By Invite Only Coral Dream Necklace ($98)

The colours in this piece make for a very vibrant necklace. Let's face it, these red chilli-like coral spikes will heat up your look. Spiky and bright, it gives a bland outfit an instant dose of attitude - great for those lazy days.

It may be a little pricey but I reckon that the red coral spikes from Hong Kong and gold plated Quartz points from Brazil make it worth it.

H&M Statement Necklace ($17.90)

I like that this necklace looks like a subtler version of the collar necklaces that were trendy a while back.

Shaped like a pair of wings, you could use it to get that Egyptian Pharaoh/Cleopatra look. Or if you prefer, a more angelic look considering it's the Christmas season. If you have been naughty, you may even be able to fool Santa.

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