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Kate's £15,000 earrings made by MP's wife
The jewellery designer who created Kate’s exquisite earrings is married to one of Britain’s wealthiest politicians.
Zoe Benyon’s husband Richard is the Tory MP for Newbury in Berkshire.
The Benyons, who are close friends of the Middletons, live at Englefield House, a mansion surrounded by 20,000 acres of parkland that was used as a stand-in for Buckingham Palace in the film The King’s Speech. The estate is estimated to be worth £125 million.
Mrs Benyon, 40, is a co-founder of bespoke jewellery firm Robinson Pelham where Carole Middleton purchased the jewellery for the big day, making several visits to the firm’s shop in Pimlico, Central London, to discuss designs.
Kate’s earrings are believed to have cost £15,000, though a spokesman for Robinson Pelham said it never disclosed prices paid by clients.
They comprise diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond set-drop and a pavé-set diamond acorn in the centre.
The design was inspired by the family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. Ms Benyon and her team also created Kate’s sister Pippa’s floral-look diamond earrings, Carole’s pendant and earrings, and the gold pins that adorned the suits of the bride’s father and brother James.
Mr Benyon is Fisheries Minister. Earlier this year, The Mail on Sunday revealed his family trust had received £2 million in EU farm subsidies, placing it in the top one per cent of beneficiaries of the scheme. The Ministry said there was no conflict of interest.