You won’t have missed it, but encase you did, last week we saw the wedding of the year as Meghan Markle married to Prince Harry in Windsor. Now, we’re a little obsessed with everything Royal here at Hatton Jewels, (especially some of the most fabulous jewellery they wear!) so as our eagle eyed team watched the wedding and whilst they mourned the thought of no longer being able to marry the country's most eligible bachelor, they took note of some of the fabulous jewellery on the day, and are here to report all the amazing pieces on display.
Meghan Markle’s Wedding Band
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Meghan Markle’s wedding band is made from Welsh gold: a royal tradition that dates back to the wedding of George VI and Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (the Queen mother, the Prince’s great-grandmother) in 1923. The Welsh gold band is the perfect match for the bride’s three-stone diamond ring, which is also fashioned in yellow gold, “because that’s her favourite”, the Prince revealed during their engagement interview.
The Duchess of Cornwall also wears a wedding ring made from Welsh gold, as does Prince Harry’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge.
Due to its rarity - the Welsh mines where it was found are now exhausted - it’s also significantly more expensive than other types of gold, costing up to five times as much.
Prince Harry’s Wedding Band
Prince Harry has broken with the usual royal tradition by choosing a textured platinum wedding band - and, contrary to his brother and grandfather, it is one he will actually wear. His father Prince Charles does however wear the traditional gold wedding band.
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Meghan Markle’s Earrings and Bracelet
The bride wore delicate diamond stud earrings from the “Galanterie de Cartier earrings” by French jeweller Cartier, along with one simple diamond bracelet also by the designer (from their “Reflection de Cartier bracelet “) on her right hand – both in white gold and diamonds.
Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring
Meghan’s sparkling engagement ring is made up of three diamonds, with one large stone in the centre flanked by two smaller stones on the sides. It was crafted by British jewellers Cleave and Company, who are the jewellers to Harry’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth.
The ring has plenty of sentimental connections for Harry: The two stones are from his late mother, Princess Diana‘s personal collection (making them difficult to value), while the other stone is from Botswana, a country that is close to his heart. Harry has often spoken about his love of Africa and says it’s the place where he feels more like himself than anywhere else in the world. He shared his love of Africa with Meghan this past summer on a trip to the continent, which included a visit to Botswana.
From everyone here at Hatton Jewels, we’d like to wish the new The Duke and Duchess of Sussex every happiness in their marriage.
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If you’d like to find out more about different weddings rings, wedding bands or engagement rings, you can book an appointment to see any of our pieces in our boutique Hatton Garden shop, where our expert staff will be able to guide you through any ideas or designs you may have for your own ring, as well as be able to talk for hours about the royal wedding!