The sweet story behind Kate Middleton's new gold hoops

Kate Middleton just stepped out in the perfect green coat while visiting Wales on St David's Day - and hinting about her house move with Prince William.

The Duchess accessorised very simply with a pair of delicate gold hoops, which are by independent Welsh jewellery Hayley Jones, whose brand is called Spells of Love.

It's a bit of a tradition for Kate to support local designers on official outings, so it's telling that she wore these hoops on St David's Day, while in Wales.

And it turns out it isn't the first time she has worn the designer either. Hayley told us, 'I reached out to her stylist a while ago not expecting any response. Every item the Duchess has worn has sold out instantly, it has been so amazing to reach so many customers from countries I would have never expected would have heard of my small brand. I am incredibly grateful and honoured.'

Medium twist hoops - £60 at Spells of Love

Medium twist hoops - £60 at Spells of Love
Recycled 18K Gold Vermeil. Vermeil is a legally regulated term. Vermeil Jewellery must have at least 2.5 Microns of 18K Gold over a base metal of 925 Sterling Silver.
Also available in Rose Gold Vermeil and Sterling Silver.

The latest addition to Kate's jewellery collection (she already owns the brand's Alia hoops and double strand beaded necklace) are the medium twist hoops, which cost just £60 and which you can pre-order now.

'All our jewellery is small-batch produced and handcrafted from Recycled 18K Gold Vermeil and ethically sourced stones. I’m proud that all our makers are certified members of the Responsible Jewellery Council, as ethical manufacturing is super important to the work we do here. Each piece is designed and ethically crafted with love and intention,' adds Hayley.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.