Fit For Royalty: Meghan's Wedding Day Jewellery

 
 The first of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex's official wedding portraits to be released.  Alexi Lubomirski

The first of Prince Harry and the Duchess of Sussex's official wedding portraits to be released. Alexi Lubomirski

 

In the build up to 2018’s hotly anticipated Royal Wedding, all talk was of the dress Meghan would wear to walk down the aisle. Choosing a simple and serene Givenchy gown and lengthy train, she did not disappoint, but what really stole the show were the sparkles that brought her bridal look to life. Here we take a look at the unique pieces Meghan chose to add a little sparkle to her wedding day outfits. (And we most certainly approve!)


The Tiara

The Queen herself lent Meghan the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau Tiara that had every bride-to-be lusting after. The Art Deco piece was worlds apart from the whimsical tiara Kate Middleton wore on her wedding day, despite originating from the same era. Meghan’s soon-to-be iconic tiara was originally created in 1932, using geometric patterns and symmetry synonymous with typical Art Deco design. The tiara hasn’t been seen publicly since it was last worn by Princess Margaret in 1965, and we’re so glad Meghan reminded us all of this exquisite example of jewellery design.

Meghan's vintage Cartier bracelet and diamond stud earrings were carefully selected to match the stunning tiara. As the Markle effect continues to reign, we expect to see a rise in vintage and Art Deco inspired bridal jewellery, such as this custom engagement ring by Queensmith. The squared halo, princess cut shoulder diamonds and milgrain detailing all serve to give this engagement ring its desired Art Deco appearance.

 
 Geometric shapes and milgrain detailing are a nod to 1920s vintage jewellery design.  Bespoke engagement ring by Queensmith

Geometric shapes and milgrain detailing are a nod to 1920s vintage jewellery design. Bespoke engagement ring by Queensmith

 Queen Elizabeth lent Meghan a striking Art Deco tiara to wear on her wedding day.  PA

Queen Elizabeth lent Meghan a striking Art Deco tiara to wear on her wedding day. PA

 Art Deco bridal jewellery never goes out of style. Vintage-inspired  b  espoke engagement ring by Queensmith

Art Deco bridal jewellery never goes out of style. Vintage-inspired bespoke engagement ring by Queensmith

 

Something Blue

The second Meghan stepped out of her burgundy Rolls Royce and onto the steps of Windsor Castle’s St George’s Chapel, we were instantly scanning for her ‘something blue’. We were kept waiting until the evening reception to finally see Meghan’s sizeable azure token, a striking aquamarine emerald cut cocktail ring. And boy, was it worth the wait! Many speculate the ring was Harry’s wedding day gift for Meghan, originally part of Princess Diana’s extensive jewellery collection. Diana was pictured wearing the ring a number of times, including during a Christie’s auction of her own clothes in 1997. Meghan flashed a glimpse of the stone with a wave as she and Harry drove to their Frogmore House after-party in a perfectly colour coordinated Jaguar E-Type Concept Zero. Coolest bride and groom ever?

 
 Princess Diana pictured wearing the aquamarine ring Harry gifted Meghan 

Princess Diana pictured wearing the aquamarine ring Harry gifted Meghan 

 A cocktail ring is the perfect wedding-evening jewellery. Emerald cut sapphire & diamond ring, by  Queensmith

A cocktail ring is the perfect wedding-evening jewellery. Emerald cut sapphire & diamond ring, by Queensmith

 Meghan flashes her aquamarine cocktail ring, and she and Harry drive to their wedding reception

Meghan flashes her aquamarine cocktail ring, and she and Harry drive to their wedding reception

 

The Wedding Rings

Whilst we were rooting for Meghan Markle to opt for a bit of sparkle with her wedding band, we admire her decision to keep within the bounds of royal tradition with this one. Just like the Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Diana and Queen Elizabeth, Meghan opted for a plain yellow Welsh gold band, which seamlessly complements her yellow gold engagement ring. At around 2mm thick, Meghan’s wedding ring is slight and elegant, allowing her show stopping trilogy engagement ring to do all the talking.

Prince Harry surprised many as he chose to forego the norm for royal males and instead stick to his rule-breaking image, choosing to wear a wedding band. Harry’s wedding band is simple, clean and contemporary, and we love his decision to mix things up a little with a textured finish.

 
 Prince Harry's textured platinum wedding band, and Meghan's traditional yellow Welsh gold wedding ring.  Getty Images

Prince Harry's textured platinum wedding band, and Meghan's traditional yellow Welsh gold wedding ring. Getty Images

 Queensmith's  2mm Light Court  Wedding Band  , in 18k yellow gold

Queensmith's 2mm Light Court  Wedding Band , in 18k yellow gold

 


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