Kate Middleton is apparently a fan of meaningful crystals

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Yesterday, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took to Zoom to chat to nursing students in the UK, telling them they were 'needed now more than ever'.

During her appearance, Kate Middleton sported a new necklace, well one that we haven't seen before at least. It's by Astley Clarke and features a Lapis Lazuli pendant on a gold chain. You can buy the exact one below.

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Round Stilla Lapis Lazuli Pendant Necklace, £160 at Astley Clarke

The deep blue stone is said to protect against anxiety and deep stress, and offer the wearer harmony and inner peace.

In fact, Kate seems to have an affinity with crystals, having worn them in her jewellery for a number of years. Just this week, the Duchess wore a pair of Missoma earrings, made with rhodochrosite, to talk to a group of teachers for Children's Mental health Week.

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Rhodochrosite gold mini pyramid charm hoop earrings, £85 at Missoma

This was all the more poignant as the rhodochrosite stone, which takes on a slightly pink hue, is said to promote positive thoughts and self worth and banish depression and anxiety.

And of course, let's not forget one of the Duchess' favourite pairs of earrings (main picture), one she's worn many times over the years: the Monica Vinader siren earrings in green onyx, which are to this day a best-seller for the brand.

In crystal meanings, the green onyx brings purity and restfulness to the wearer, banning all worries and fears.

Of course, Kate Middleton might just wear the stones because they are beautiful, rather than because of their meanings, but either way, a bit of positivity can't hurt.

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 MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

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