While many were focused on the wedding gown Meghan Markle would choose for her big day, I was thinking more about the jewelry, in particular the tiara - would she or wouldn't she?
I was happy to see that the bride kept with tradition and selected a beautiful tiara with a little bit of history behind it. The perfect "something borrowed" I think.
Loaned from the Queen, the Queen Mary Diamond Filigree Tiara was created in 1932 and was specifically designed to accommodate a large diamond brooch that the then Princess Mary was given by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York (who later became King George V). The diamond brooch dates to 1893.
The bandeau style tiara is made in platinum with a flexible band of eleven sections which are pierced with interlaced ovals and pave set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The center of the tiara features an area designed to attach the diamond brooch. This ingenious design allows that the brooch can be removed from the tiara and still worn as a brooch whenever desired.
Both the tiara and brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to her granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth in 1953. The tiara was said to be worn by the Queen's sister, Princess Margaret on numerous occasions.
Meghan's something old may very well have been her beautiful diamond pave earring studs. She has been photographed on many occasions over the last several months wearing these simple but elegant earrings. Perhaps a previous gift from Prince Harry?
The Cartier "Galanterie de Cartier" white gold and diamond earrings can be purchased in diamond weights of 0.18 - 0.22 or 0.40 to 0.44 carats with pave brilliant-cut diamonds starting at $16,500 USD
On her wrist she wore a single diamond bracelet. The bracelet also by Cartier is from their "Reflection de Cartier" collection and is available at Cartier for $155,000 USD
For her evening reception she changed earrings and they are the matching drop earrings to the bracelet she wore earlier that day at the wedding.
The Cartier "Reflection de Cartier" earrings are 18K white gold, each with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds totaling 0.81 carats and 10 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 1.08 carats. They are available at Cartier for $68,000 USD
Also for her wedding reception look, it seems that Meghan received two rings on her wedding day! In addition to the traditional Welsh gold wedding band, Prince Harry also gifted her with the stunning aquamarine cocktail ring that once belonged to his mother, Diana.
Meghan was photographed wearing the ring on the way to her evening wedding reception party held at Frogmore House. The aquamarine ring is part of a set that includes a matching bracelet which features a large aquamarine gem connected by five strands of pearls.
Diamonds, gold and gemstones...I'd say that the new Duchess of Sussex is off to a sparkling start!
Joy, thanks for the close-up shots of these beautiful pieces of jewelry. I just loved everything about the day and would have liked more!!!