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Black Friday doesn't officially begin until next week, but Monica Vinader has decided to kick things off early to give shoppers longer to browse. That's right, the jewellery brand's sale started on Thursday (18 November).
You can get 25% off everything from now until 30 November. And that discount ups to 30% once your basket totals £150 or more. Plus, MV is dropping daily flash deals with selected pieces at up to 50% off.
Naturally, we've scoured through the deals already and spotted something very exciting –Kate Middleton's very affordable earrings.
The Duchess of Cambridge's Siren earrings cost £125 normally but for Black Friday week, they're marked down to £93.75. Not bad for royal-approved jewels.
SHOP NOW Siren wire earrings, Were £125, Now £93.75, Monica Vinader
Made from gold-vermeil metal and centred with faceted green onyx, these simple drop earrings are super versatile (as Kate duly demonstrates).
We know what you're thinking, how can you claim they're her favourite? Well, it's more than a hunch: the Duchess of Cambridge has been spotted wearing them several times over the past few years.
But if you don't believe us, just take a look at all the photographic evidence.
Kate was first spotted in Monica Vinader's Siren design back in 2016, on her royal tour of Canada. On day four, during a visit to Kelowna, Kate accessorised her Dolce & Gabbana tea dress with the green earrings.
Later in the day, arriving at Whitehorse International Airport with William, she had matched her jewellery to yet another green item of clothing: a wool coat from British brand Hobbs.
Every year, the Duchess of Cambridge sports a new green look for St. Patrick's Day. And, naturally, her Monica Vinader earrings complement the outfits perfectly. During the 2017 celebrations in Ireland, Kate wore a custom-made Catherine Walker coat, cut in a fit-and-flare shape from green wool and finished with a black velvet collar.
Later that day, Prince William and Kate flew to Paris to meet with the then-French President Francois Hollande at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Kate was wearing the same coat and earrings, but removed her Pillbox hat and let down her hair down (we don't miss a thing).
A few months later, Kate wore her favourite earrings to the Chelsea Flower Show with a green floral-print dress.
Spotted again in August 2017 wearing Monica Vinader's Siren earrings, Kate visited the Princess Diana garden at Kensington Palace with Prince Harry. The green shade of the onyx complemented the abstract print on her pussy-bow Prada dress.
Two months later, the Duchess wore her earrings in a more casual way – with a simple grey sweatshirt and jeans to visit the Sayers Croft Forest School and Wildlife Garden in London.
Most recently, Kate wore her Monica Vinader earrings to the Chelsea flower show (2019) with a Broderie Anglaise blouse, Massimo Dutti trousers and Superga trainers.
While we have you, let us shed some light on the Black Friday sales...
What is Black Friday?
Black Friday has now overtaken Boxing Day as the biggest retail event of the year. Originating in the US, the sales day travelled across the pond back in 2010 and now most of the high street, as well as several luxury brands, take part in a big way. With stores discounting new-season items by as much as 30%, Black Friday is the best time to shop because price tags are genuinely at their cheapest. A few weeks before Christmas, it's also ideal for shopping ahead of the festive season.
When is Black Friday?
Black Friday always fall on the fourth weekend of November which, this year, is the 26th.
What other brands are participating?
Mulberry: We are hoping for big things this year, but not from Mulberry itself... You can usually find the brand's bags discounted by up to 40% at stockists like John Lewis, Farfetch and Selfridges.
Net-a-Porter: Net-a-Porter is fairly new to Black Friday but, since it's taken part for the past two years, we're betting it'll be back for 2021. We are hoping for the same deals as last year: 30% off selected new season clothes, shoes and bags.
Boden: Last year, Boden launched a 'technicolour' event, the focus being on brightness and positivity. Honestly, we don't care what Boden calls the sale, so long as the discounts are good. And we can assure you, they're usually excellent: there has been 30% off all new season womenswear, menswear and kidswear for the past three years.
Selfridges: The Black Friday, or 'Christmas Comes early' sale at Selfridges is legendary, You can usually get up to 20% off designer clothes, shoes, bags and homewear.
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