We thought Meghan Markle looked absolutely beautiful on her Wedding Day; from her elegant up-do and subtle makeup, to her timeless Givenchy dress, her entire look was graceful and modern.
Annabel Davidson, Jewellery Editor at Vanity Fair, commented: “The whole outfit will be deemed as chic and elegant in 300 years' time as it was today”.
Meghan chose equally understated and classic jewellery to complement her wedding look. She covered all four bridal good luck accessories with these jewels alone - an old pair of Cartier earrings, a new bracelet (also by Cartier), a borrowed tiara from the Queen's collection and, as part of her evening look, a blue cocktail ring that belonged to Princess Diana.
Read on to find out more about each piece of wedding jewellery, and the bespoke Zofia Day gold bracelets Meghan gifted to her best friends.
Meghan’s Wedding Day Jewellery
The Queen lent Meghan a beautifully intricate art-deco style tiara for her wedding day. The platinum and diamond bandeau was made for Prince Harry’s great-great-grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1932, and features a detachable brooch at the centre, which Mary was given as a wedding gift in 1893.
We love Meghan’s contemporary choice, which features geometric patterns and no fussy crown-like protrusions.
Kensington Palace hasn’t confirmed who the tiara was made by, simply stating that it is “English”, but Garrard was the Crown Jeweller at the time.
The historic piece is rarely seen and was last worn by Princess Margaret in 1965.
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Markle chose Galanterie de Cartier earrings as a lovely accent to her wedding look. The 18K white gold and diamond studs subtly emulated her art deco tiara, with its circular brooch in the centre, offset by an interwoven geometric pattern.
The earrings, featuring brilliant-cut diamonds, could well have been the bride’s ‘something old’, as she has worn them on various occasions, most recently at a reception to celebrate the Invictus Games Sydney 2018.
You can view the earrings on the Cartier website. As for the price, if you'd like to find out, you'll need to contact Cartier directly.
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Meghan also wore a bracelet from the renowned French jeweller on her right wrist. The 18K white gold Reflection de Cartier bracelet is composed of baguette-cut (rectangular), princess-cut (square) and trillion-cut (triangular) diamonds. A similar style is listed on Cartier's website for £136,000.
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Meghan's Reflection de Cartier bracelet
MEGHAN’S ENGAGEMENT RING
Prince Harry designed Meghan’s three stone diamond engagement ring himself, with the help of Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to the Queen. The ring is set in yellow gold, Meghan’s favourite.
Harry used an ethically-sourced centre stone from Botswana, a country that has special significance to the couple (they first holidayed there and fell in love).
Harry flanked this three-carat cushion cut diamond with two round diamonds from a brooch that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. In an interview with the BBC, Harry commented: "The little diamonds on either side are from my mother's jewellery collection to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together."
On her wedding day, Markle moved her Cleave and Co engagement ring onto her right hand, as is traditional on a bride’s wedding day. After the ceremony, she placed the ring back on her left ring finger.
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Meghan’s Wedding Ring
Cleave and Company, the official royal jewellers (who made Meghan’s engagement ring), were behind the couple’s wedding rings.
The ring was crafted in the Cleave workshop from a piece of Welsh gold, gifted by the Queen.
The slim gold band is similar to those worn by the Queen, the Duchess of Cambridge and the late Princess Diana. The royal tradition of Welsh gold wedding rings stretches back 95 years to the wedding of Harry’s great-grandparents (the couple were gifted gold from Clogau St David’s mine in Wales).
Prince Harry's ring is a platinum band with a textured finish. The 33-year-old’s decision to wear a wedding ring is out of line with his father and brother, both of whom choose not to wear one.
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Meghan’s Evening Reception Jewellery
When Meghan emerged from Windsor Castle with her new husband (on their way to the evening reception), it was a jaw-dropping moment.
From the beautiful silhouette of her dress to Harry’s dapper tux and that vintage Jaguar, it was like something out of a James Bond film.
The new Duchess of Sussex was wearing a bespoke white Stella McCartney gown in a glamorous high-neck style, accented by a pair of breath-taking diamond earrings from the same Reflection de Cartier collection as her earlier bracelet.
The £60,000 earrings can be found on the Cartier website. The long drop style features sparkling brilliant-cut and baguette-cut diamonds.
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Meghan’s Cocktail Ring
Meghan also wore a striking aquamarine ring on her right hand, which reportedly belonged to Prince Harry’s mother, the late Princess Diana.
Prince Harry is said to have given it to his new bride as a wedding gift (although the Palace has not confirmed this). Princess Diana was pictured wearing the ring at a private viewing of a Christie's auction of her dresses in 1997.
The soles of her Meghan’s white Aquazurra shoes were also painted baby-blue.
Princess Diana wearing the Asprey aquamarine ring at a private viewing of a Christie's auction of her dresses in 1997
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Meghan’s Bespoke Wedding Bracelets for her Best Friends
Meghan gifted six of her closest friends, including the Duchess of Cambridge, sweet gold bracelets as a thank you for supporting her through the nuptials.
The new Duchess of Sussex, 36, commissioned California-based jeweller Lisette Polny, founder of Zofia Day, to make the six bespoke solid gold disc bracelets, which her friends wore to the Royal Wedding.
As well as Kate, Meghan’s best friends Jessica Mulroney and Benita Litt also received the gift. Their children walked down the aisle with Meghan as bridesmaids and pageboys.
The subtle design is, rather surprisingly, now available to buy online. Fittingly called the ‘Kensington’ in homage to the newlywed's home, the bracelet is priced at $450 (around £335).
Jewellery Designer Lisette Polny commented exclusively to PEOPLE, “It’s a really simple, elegant piece that’s just very true to her personal style.”
Zofia Day also designed two necklaces for flower girls Remy and Rylan Litt, who are Meghan's goddaughters.
The girls were each made a bespoke petite necklace, which are also available to buy online. One is a gold heart pendant called the ‘Windsor Heart’, the second a diamond-encrusted bow called the ‘Charlotte Bow’.
“It’s an overwhelming honour to be part of history and for my pieces to be given as a keepsake for this momentous occasion,” Lisette Polny told PEOPLE.
Meghan has been a fan of the California-based brand long before she became a royal fiancée. Last year, Meghan wore a pair of Dash Ear Studs by the up-and-coming jeweller on the cover of Vanity Fair, and in January she wore their Bar Stack Ring, a 14-karat yellow gold design that retails for $715.
If you are inspired by Meghan's bespoke bracelets, you can find out more about our Burrells bespoke design service by contacting us here.
The Duchess of Cambridge, with Meghan's best friends Jessica Mulroney (in blue) and Benita Litt (in light pink) on the steps of St George's Chapel with the bridesmaids.
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Meghan's best friend Jessica Mulroney and The Duchess of Cambridge arriving at St George's Chapel with Princess Charlotte and the other bridesmaids.
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Thank you for Reading
We hope you've enjoyed lusting over Meghan Markle's breathtaking wedding jewellery. The modern princess looked the epitome of refined elegance, whilst making a powerful statement at the same time.
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