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'It was pure fluke she wore them' - part-time Irish jeweller designer experiences 'Kate Effect' after Duchess wears pendant

Aisling O'Brien: Speech therapist and jewellery designer for "All the Falling Stars" brand in conversation with Mary McCarthy

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GALWAY-BASED jewellery-maker Aisling O’Brien has discovered the power of the ‘Kate effect’. She has been inundated with orders since the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a necklace and matching earrings she designed. They were a gift to Kate when she and her husband Prince William visited Ireland earlier this year. Photo: Shutterstock

GALWAY-BASED jewellery-maker Aisling O’Brien has discovered the power of the ‘Kate effect’. She has been inundated with orders since the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a necklace and matching earrings she designed. They were a gift to Kate when she and her husband Prince William visited Ireland earlier this year. Photo: Shutterstock

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GALWAY-BASED jewellery-maker Aisling O’Brien has discovered the power of the ‘Kate effect’. She has been inundated with orders since the Duchess of Cambridge was spotted wearing a necklace and matching earrings she designed. They were a gift to Kate when she and her husband Prince William visited Ireland earlier this year. Photo: Shutterstock

With not much time to design a gift for Kate Middleton, Galway-based Aisling O'Brien relied on her gut feelings and intuition.

In hindsight the speech therapist and jewellery-maker thinks a more analytical and drawn out approach might have derailed the results. Instead, her gold disc necklace and matching earrings hit the spot with the British royal who has repeatedly worn them since her visit to Ireland just ahead of the lockdown in March.

It has triggered a wave of demand for O'Brien's All the Falling Stars range and prompted her to turn what has been a part time side-line into a full time business.