Three weeks have already passed since the fabulous wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Yet, we cannot help going over the stunning details of the royal wedding jewellery chosen by the Duchess of Sussex for her special day. True to her style, Meghan choose simple and classic. The result was nevertheless jaw dropping.
The stunning diamond tiara - Meghan's 'something borrowed'
While the overall royal wedding jewellery was kept simple, the diamond tiara holding the wedding veil in place was very intricate. Meghan Markle followed in the footsteps of the Duchess of Cambridge and borrowed a tiara from the jewellery vault of Her Majesty the Queen.
The chosen tiara is none other than the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau. Queen Mary was the wife of King George V, the Queen’s grandfather. The platinum and diamond bandeau was manufactured in England in 1932 by Garrard, who was the crown jeweller at the time. This unique art-deco piece consists of eleven separate sections, giving the bandeau flexibility in its shape. Each of the sections consist of small and large brilliant cut diamonds set in the classic pavé style. The centre piece of the tiara was specifically designed to accommodate a detachable brooch set with 10 diamonds. This eye catching centre brooch dates from the year 1893. It was a wedding gift for the then Princess Mary by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George.
The Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau was last worn by Princess Margaret in 1965.
The stud diamond earrings - Meghan's 'something old'
To complement the intricate diamond tiara, Meghan wore a pair of stud diamond earrings from the luxury brand Cartier, specifically from their Galenterie de Cartier collection. The earrings are in 18ct white gold and feature a circular brilliant diamond in the centre surrounded by semi circular sections with pavé set diamonds. The style is in perfect keeping with that of the diamond tiara. If you’re looking for similar style stud earrings for your big day, take a look at our vintage style diamond halo stud earrings with pavé setting.
Meghan has been seen wearing these earrings in a number of previous occasions. The most recently reported is the reception to celebrate the 2018 Sydney Invictus Games. For this reason, the stud diamond earrings could well have been the royal bride’s ‘something old’.
The diamond bracelet
The bride completed the royal wedding jewellery look with another art-deco piece made by Cartier; a breath-taking diamond bracelet which she wore on her right wrist. The bracelet, which forms part of the Reflection de Cartier bracelet range, features a wonderful array of baguette, princess cut and trillion cut diamonds set in 18ct white gold.
The wedding rings
While taking a closer look at the royal wedding jewellery, we cannot miss out the most important wedding jewellery of all: the wedding bands.
To accompany her yellow gold engagement ring, Meghan chose a plain slim wedding band also in yellow gold. As per the royal tradition for wedding rings, the ring features a piece of Welsh gold, gifted by the Queen.
On the other hand, Prince Harry opted for a platinum band with a textured finish. Both rings were manufactured by Cleave & Company, the same British jeweller that crafted Meghan’s three stone engagement ring.
The royal wedding jewellery worn at the reception
For the evening reception, the Duchess of Sussex complimented her glamourous high neck gown with a pair of fabulous long drop diamond earrings. The earrings also form part of the same Reflection de Cartier collection as the bracelet she wore during the wedding ceremony.
As the newly wedded couple drove off to the reception, we couldn’t help noticing a jaw dropping aquamarine cocktail ring on the Duchess right hand. The ring is reported to belong to Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana. The Princess was pictured wearing the ring in 1997 at a Christie’s auction of her dresses.