Meghan Markle’s royal sparkles

With all the excitement around the royal wedding recently, we couldn’t help getting a little excited by the beautiful jewellery Meghan Markle wore as she elegantly walked down the aisle to marry her prince.

Her classic, understated dress really allowed the jewellery to shine. As well as being stunningly beautiful, each piece of carefully selected sparkle has a story steeped in historical and emotional significance.

Meghan’s literal crowning piece was Queen Mary’s Diamond Bandeau tiara. The art deco tiara was created in 1932 for Queen Mary, around a brooch she was gifted on her wedding day in 1893 by the County of Lincoln. The floral-style brooch features an old-cut diamond in the centre, enclosed by smaller stones. The bandeau tiara was created to incorporate the brooch, which remains detachable from the tiara. The tiara itself is mounted in platinum and is comprised of 11 openwork sections, with pierced and set diamonds throughout. It has been reported that Meghan personally chose the piece herself from the Royal collection. The Queen Mary diamond tiara was last seen in public when Princess Margaret wore it in 1965.

Meghan’s delicate diamond stud earrings from the Galanterie de Cartier collection designed by French jeweller Cartier were rumoured to be her ‘something new’, and she wore a matching bracelet on her wrist. These gorgeous earrings were the perfect amount of elegant sparkle needed to accompany-but-not-overshadow Queen Mary’s tiara.

Meghan opted not to wear a necklace, letting the boatneck of her dress be truly showcased – and she looked divine in its omission. Sometimes, even for royalty, less is more.

Meghan’s wedding band is a simple gold ring, much like the ones worn by the Queen and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. Meghan’s engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry himself, and it features a large diamond in the centre that he sourced from Botswana, which is where they fell in love and has two diamonds on either side that were owned by Harry’s mother, Diana.

For the reception, Meghan swapped earrings for another pair by Cartier called Reflection de Cartier which appear to be smaller versions of the bracelet she wore during the ceremony and wore a beautiful aquamarine cocktail ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. Harry gave it to Meghan as a present on their wedding day, fulfilling his mother’s request that her jewellery be given to his and William’s future wives.

Come in and see us at Showcase Jewellers, Te Awamutu, and we’ll help you choose the perfect piece to help you feel like a princess too.