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Meghan Markle’s Jewellery Style Files

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks you can’t have missed the news that our favourite cheeky Royal, Prince Harry, and his girlfriend Meghan Markle are now engaged. The American actress is already lauded all over the world for her sharp sense of style and joining the Royal ranks is likely to catapult her status into fashion icon territory. We couldn’t resist taking a peek into Meghan Markle’s jewellery box, starting with that all-important engagement ring, and giving our predictions on her wedding day accessories.

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The Engagement Ring 

Just before Christmas Kensington Palace released official portraits of the loved-up couple in the grounds of Frogmore House, Windsor. The photos, which were taken by New York-based photographer Alexi Lubomirski, showcase the sparkling rock now gracing Meghan Markle’s left hand. The three-stone engagement ring is set with a large cushion-cut diamond – reportedly weighing in at a hefty 2.5 carats – flanked by two smaller round diamonds. Prince Harry designed the ring himself and the two side stones belonged to his late mother, Diana the Princess of Wales, while the centre stone hails from Botswana, a country that is close to the couple’s hearts. The diamonds were set in white gold onto a yellow gold band by London-based Cleave and Company, court jewellers and medallists to The Queen.

Just as the Duchess of Cambridge’s sapphire engagement ring sparked a trend in coloured stone engagement rings, we can now expect a to see a surge in custom-made engagement rings. Designing and commissioning a bespoke engagement ring can seem like a daunting task – especially if you’re a groom-to-be feeling the weight of expectation on your shoulders– but it needn’t be an arduous process.

At Joulberry we work closely with clients to design an engagement ring that captures your personal style and tastes, here in our studio near to Hampton Court in Surrey. We can even incorporate heirloom gemstones into the design to add a special sentimental touch to the ring. All our diamonds are handpicked by us and set into the jewel by professional diamond-setters in London’s renowned Hatton Garden.

In our handcrafted diamond jewellery collection we also have a beautiful Asscher cut solitaire  that is sure to melt the heart of the most discerning of brides-to-be.

A modern version of a timeless classic, it features a warm rose gold band iced with a sparkling white diamond.

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Meghan’s Everyday Jewellery 

When it comes to her everyday jewellery, Meghan is clearly a girl after our own hearts, favouring delicate pieces with a contemporary feel. For the engagement announcement in November she wore pair of opal stud earrings by Canadian jewellery brand Birks and this week she embraced the horizontal stacking trend by wearing three thin gold bands on her right hand for an official visit to Brixton. One of Meghan’s favourite jewellery designers is Sydney-based Natalie Marie, whose elegant pared-down creations play with linear and geometric forms for a minimal and bold yet classic aesthetic.

We think that the future Royal would fall head over heels for our iconic Sphere Necklace Available in rose or yellow gold as well as sterling silver, the sculptural necklace makes a luxe style statement with two golden circles balanced around negative space. To complete the look she could match the necklace with our open-ended Gold Scape bangle  which is the epitome of minimalistic elegance.

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With her thoroughly modern style, Meghan is not averse to mixing metals by wearing silver and gold together. Once a major fashion faux pas, mismatching different metals now looks fresh and effortlessly stylish. Throw the rule book out and layer up bracelets or rings in contrasting finishes or opt for a piece that combines two or more metals such as our Silver and Gold in 2 You Necklace  Made from sterling silver, it features a 9ct gold ring as the centrepiece and is a tasteful and elegant way to embrace this growing trend.

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Meghan also has a penchant for personalised jewellery and set tongues wagging earlier this year when she was spotted wearing a gold ‘H’ ring and, on another occasion, a necklace with the letters ‘M’ and ‘H’ attached to a delicate chain. All of our jewels can be inscribed with the name or initials of a loved one or a personal message to make them truly unique pieces that you will treasure forever.

The Wedding Jewellery 

Now let’s turn our attention to Big Day itself, which is set to take place on Saturday May 26, 2018, at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. As sixth in line to the throne, Prince Harry is less bound by convention than his king-in-waiting brother William, and the couple are likely to want to put their own stamp on the impending nuptials. While Royal etiquette stipulates that Meghan will wear at least one piece of jewellery from the Queen’s vast collection of precious baubles – our money is on a tiara – the rest of her accessories will no doubt reflect her personal style.

Meghan’s future sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, wore The Queen’s halo tiara, which is set with 739 brilliant-cut diamonds and 149 baguette-cut diamonds, on her wedding day in 2011. She paired the stunning headpiece with a pair of bespoke diamond earrings from British jeweller Robinson Pelham featuring an oak leaf and acorn motif that echoed the Middleton’s family crest.

The Queen has more than 300 pieces in her private jewellery collection, including several tiaras of historical importance. It would be very poignant indeed if Meghan were to wear the diamond and pearl tiara given to Princess Diana as a wedding gift by the Queen in 1981.

In an interview with Glamour magazine last year, Meghan revealed that her ideal wedding dress would be classic and simple with a modern twist, adding: “I personally prefer wedding dresses that are whimsical or subtly romantic”. The exact details of Meghan’s wedding attire are likely to remain under close wraps until the day of the Royal Wedding but we predict that her jewellery choices will follow along the same aesthetic lines with an emphasis on sophisticated pieces with a contemporary edge.

Pearls are a perennial bridal favourite and a pair of pearl drop earrings like these Gold Diamond Snowdrop Earrings  from our Pearly Queen collection will perfectly complement a chic up-do and add a flattering sparkle.

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Staying with Meghan’s favourite yellow gold, our Gold Infinity Necklace (link) has a double chain which is designed to lie beautifully around the collar bone while the interlocking rings can be seen to symbolise the union of two people through marriage. The rings can be inscribed with a personal message or the date of your wedding to add another layer of significance to your wedding jewellery.

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