A necklace changed Aisling O’Brien’s life. When the Duchess of Cambridge visited Galway, Ireland in March 2020, she changed outfits in a physiotherapist’s office. Prior to vacating the room, that physiotherapist decided to leave a small gift for Kate—a pair of earrings and necklace from small Irish brand, All the Falling Stars. O’Brien, the designer and creator of the jewelry, custom-made the necklace, featuring initials of all three of the Cambridge children. The physiotherapist received a thank you note from Kensington Palace, and O’Brien thought that would be the end of the road.
However, months later, the Duchess of Cambridge wore the monogrammed necklace to a September 2020 event in Battersea Park, London, and the orders started flooding in. O’Brien made the jewelry part-time, alongside her day job as a speech pathologist. She soon had more than 500 orders from around the world, before she had to shut down her website, selling out her inventory.
“It was chaos. Really that’s the only way to describe it—a lot of panic and ‘how am I going to do this?’ And roping in family and friends for lots of different tasks,” O’Brien tells T&C.
Prior to the Duchess wearing her jewelry, O’Brien had only sold two pieces outside of Ireland. After, she was getting orders from as far as Australia and Malaysia. Both the earrings and necklace that the Duchess wore are still her strongest sellers, especially since Kate has worn the…