We couldn’t let the recent royal wedding go by without taking a closer look at some of the stunning jewellery the Duchess of Sussex chose to wear on her special day.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex on their wedding day
The Engagement Ring
The all-important engagement ring has been making the headlines for months now, and comprises of a slightly elongated cushion cut central diamond, flanked by two smaller stones on either side. The cushion cut stone is estimated to weigh approximately 3 – 4 carats and was sourced from Botswana, whereas the two smaller gems are from the late Princess Diana’s private collection and are thought to weigh between 50/75 pts a piece. The stones are claw set in a band of yellow gold, and the ring was designed by Prince Harry himself. The ring was created by Royal Jewellers Cleave and Company, and is reputed to be worth approximately £122,500.
The Wedding Ring
Meghan’s wedding ring was made from rare Welsh Gold which was a gift from the Queen, and is in keeping with Royal tradition. The gold comes from Clogau St David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales and was fashioned by Cleave and Company into a 3mm, yellow gold, D-section wedding band for the special day. Yellow gold is reputedly favoured over white by the Duchess.
Yellow Gold D Shape Wedding Rings
The beautiful tiara Meghan chose to wear was in fact Queen Mary’s diamond bandeau tiara dating from 1932, and currently belongs to Queen Elizabeth II. Made from filigree platinum and diamonds, the tiara comprises of 11 separate sections which create a flexible band. The central piece can also be worn as a brooch and dates back even further to 1893, when it was a gift to Princess Mary from the County of Lincoln to celebrate her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York. Queen Mary would have been Harry’s great, great grandmother if she were still alive.
Galanterie de Cartier Earrings were worn by Meghan on the big day. The collection from the French luxury brand is described as “a modern emblem of seduction” and is made from 18ct white gold and brilliant cut diamonds. These stunning studs already belonged to the Duchess, and were thought to be her ‘something old’ for the day.
Something which definitely was not old, but again from Cartier was the incredible Reflection de Cartier bracelet which could be glimpsed on Meghan’s wrist during the wedding. Retailing at around £136,000, this stunning bracelet is made from 18ct white gold and contains no less than 104 brilliant cut diamonds and 52 baguette cut stones, totalling just over 10 carats in all. The combination of stone cuts packed tightly together creates a dazzling display, which on any other day would certainly take centre stage.
The Evening Reception Jewellery
The final piece to complete the jewellery wardrobe came as a poignant reminder of the past, and came in the form of Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring. It was not worn during the ceremony itself, but instead put on for the evening wedding reception and was clearly visible as the couple made their entrance in a similarly coloured blue E-Type Jaguar driven by the Prince. Designed by Asprey in 1997, the beautiful aquamarine ring was a gift from Harry to Meghan and represented the ‘something blue’ element of the whole ensemble.
The jewellery chosen for this momentous occasion perfectly encapsulated the ethos of the young couple with a mix of old and new; incorporating both modern and traditional with a nod to Prince Harry’s Royal heritage which was elegant, timeless and perfectly fitting for such a beautiful wedding.
Interesting in learning more about the jewellery of the groom, Prince Harry? Read more about his choices and The Harry Effect in this blog post.