Kate and her pearls: The Duchess' secret style weapon

There's no question that the Duchess of Cambridge is an elegant, sophisticated woman. Every time she steps out, the media clamors to cover what she's wearing, and the "Kate Middleton Effect" has both launched and tanked fashion brands. But there's one trick Kate has to ensure you never forget just how sophisticated she is -- and it's hidden in the jewelry she reaches for time and again.

Kate is often spotted wearing a particular dose of elegance: her pearl drop earrings. We know, we know, pearls aren't exactly groundbreaking or new -- in fact, they're the opposite. But that's why they're such a key element of Kate's wardrobe.

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She wears pearls in a variety of styles (like these oversized pearl studs from Balenciaga), but there's one style that is definitely her favorite. As you'll see below, she sure loves her pearl drops.

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Duchess Kate and her pearl drop earrings
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Duchess Kate and her pearl drop earrings

The Duchess of Cambridge arrives to meet children and mentors from Chance UK's Early Intervention Programme on October 27, 2015 in London, England.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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The Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception to mark the launch of the UK-India Year of Culture 2017 at Buckingham Palace on February 27, 2017, wearing a new pair of drop pearl earrings.

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The Duchess of Cambridge attends a reception in Mons during a day of World War 1 commemorations, at Grand Place on August 4, 2014 in Mons, Belgium.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Kate views the 'Girl with a Pearl Earring' by Johannes Vermeer (while wearing pearl earrings!) at the Mauritshuis Gallery on October 11, 2016 in the Hague, Netherlands.

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Kate attends the annual Remembrance Sunday Service at the Cenotaph on Whitehall on November 8, 2015 in London, wearing her go-to pearl drop earrings.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Duchess Kate and Prince William attend the Wimbledon Championships on July 2, 2014 in London, England.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Duchess Kate talks with a young volunteer as she attends the memorial ceremony of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 2016 in France.

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Kate holds Princess Charlotte of Cambridge as they leave the Canadian tour on October 1, 2016 in Victoria, Canada.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Kate shows how to wear pearls in a casula setting in Victoria Harbour on the final day of their Royal Tour of Canada on October 1, 2016.

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The Duchess also reached for her pearls as she left the Lindo Wing with her newborn daughter at St Mary's Hospital on May 2, 2015.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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The Duchess of Cambridge at an engagement in Australia on April 23, 2014, during her three-week tour of Australia and New Zealand.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Kate chose her pearl drops for the Princess Cruises ship naming ceremony on June 13, 2013 in Southampton.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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During the 2013 Trooping the Colour Ceremony, Kate matched her pearls to her pale pink Alexander McQueen coat.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Kate visited the Naomi House Children's Hospice, to celebrate Children's Hospice Week 2013 on April 29, 2013, wearing pearls to go with her peach coat and dress.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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The Duchess of Cambridge visits Singapore Botanical Gardens on day 1 of their Diamond Jubilee tour on September 11, 2012.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Duchess Kate wore a new pair of earrings to meet guests as she attends her first Garden Party held in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on May 29, 2012 in London.

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The Duchess attends the Service of Thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral, as part of the Diamond Jubilee, marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II on June 5, 2012.

Get the look: Heavenly Necklaces earrings

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Kate attended Day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2016, wearing a new pair of pearls.

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The Duchess visited the Anna Freud Centre on September 17, 2015, wearing her favorite drop pearls.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Kate wore a white and silver ensemble for the 2014 Trooping the Colour on June 14, tying the look together with her pearl earrings.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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The Duchess wore her Balenciaga pearls as she looked out from the top of The Commonwealth War Graves Commission Thiepval Memorial on June 30, 2016 in Albert, France.

Get the look: Balenciaga studs

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A radiant Kate attends a Garden Party in the grounds of Buckingham Palace on May 22, 2013.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Duchess Kate was pretty in pearls as she visited the Harry Potter set at the Warner Bros. Studios on April 26, 2013.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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The Duchess visits Havelock Academy during an official visit to Grimsby on March 5, 2013, wearing the pearl drops.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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The Duchess of Cambridge, in her role as Patron of Action on Addiction, waves as she leaves Hope House on February 19, 2013.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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She definitely brought the pearls to the Diamond Jubilee Tour of the Far East, wearing them with a patterned dress.

Get the look: Annoushka pearls, Kiki McDonough hoops

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Pearls, according to the American Gem Society, are a "symbol of beauty and purity," and the Daily Mail reports that they're also synonymous with "innocence," so they're a natural fit for anyone in Kate's royal position. They're a timeless style, and can be paired with just about any outfit and look perfect. For example, Kate has worn her pearls with just about every color, and with solid hues, bold patterns, even lace.

Kate's go-to pearls are a gorgeous baroque style (how experts refer to "misshapen" pearls -- but they're no less stunning) that hangs from a small diamond and gold hoop. Her favorites are by Annoushka and retail for $420, and she pairs them with Kiki McDonough hoops (£600, or about $730).

The Duchess has also been spotted wearing a more affordable alternative -- the Heavenly Necklaces 'Pearl and Diamond' Earrings (£58 or $70).

Kate may be taking cues from her elders on this one, too, as the Queen is often seen wearing pearls, and Princess Diana also loved them. After all, Princess Diana's favorite tiara featured several long pearl drops, and Kate has now worn that tiara twice.

Move over, diamonds. Pearls are moving in.

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Related: Kate's most dazzling jewelry:

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Kate Middleton's most impressive jewelry
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Kate Middleton's most impressive jewelry

The Cartier tiara, worn on her wedding day to Prince William, and the matching earrings given to her by her parents.

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Her diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

Photo: Chris Jackson/Getty Images

The Lotus Flower tiara, worn in 2013 to a Diplomatic Reception with Prince William.

Photo: Splash News

The ruby and diamond necklace and bracelet, which the Duchess wore to the Sun Military Awards in December 2011.

Photo: ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images

A closer look at the necklace worn to the Sun Military Awards.

Photo: Indigo/Getty Images

The sparkling diamond fern brooch worn during the royal tour of Australia and New Zealand, when the royal family touched down in New Zealand.

Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage

These vibrant blue sparklers, borrowed from her mom, Carole Middleton, and worth nearly $20,000.

Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage

The Lotus Flower Tiara, again for a state reception with the President of China, paired with two diamond bracelets -- one called The Wedding Gift, with geometric elements, and the second, which has also been worn as a necklace. All of Kate's jewels were borrowed from the royal vault.

Photo: Dominic Lipinski/PA Archive

The Cambridge Lover's Knot Tiara, worn during a diplomatic reception at Buckingham Palace, one of the late Princess of Wales's favorite tiaras.

Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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