The Royal families jewellery collection is well and truly jaw-dropping. From historic pieces to those worn by late royals, it’s no secret that the royal ladies’ jewellery boxes are packed with sentimental items.
Though it’s not just the priceless jewels that have been passed from one generation to the next that carry sentimental value and several of the royal ladies own modest pieces with a personal touch – for example, the gold bracelet that was gifted to Kate Middleton by Queen Camilla on her wedding day in 2011.
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s daughter Lilibet’s second birthday approaching, fine jewellery and engagement ring experts at Steven Stone have taken a close look at how Meghan pays subtle tribute to her two children through her jewellery choices.
Leading Diamond Expert, Maxwell Stone, commented: “From age-old diamonds to up-and-coming designers, Meghan Markle has an eye for jewellery. Surprisingly, aside from her £120k engagement ring and selection of jewels that previously belonged to Princess Diana, she tends to opt for modest pieces.
Meghan wears a comfortable mix of jewellery brands, from the luxe to affordable and many of her pieces pay subtle tribute to her family – more specifically, her two children, Archie and Lilibet – including her diamond eternity band, that features hers, Harry’s and Archie’s birthstones.“
Value: £330 ($410)
Just days before Meghan christened Archie at the Queen’s private chapel in Windsor, she made a very public declaration of love for him with a personalised necklace.
Attending the fourth day of Wimbledon to support her friend Serena Williams, Meghan accessorised her casual jeans and blazer look with a new delicate gold necklace
The 18-karat solid gold necklace features a miniature three-dimensional letter “A” for Archie, thread onto an adjustable chain and was gifted to Meghan by Verse, a small jewellery brand in Australia.
When the news spread that Meghan was wearing the £330 necklace, sales surged and Verse struggled to keep up with demand.
Value: £3079 ($3834)
In celebration of her 40th birthday, Meghan announced that she was launching a new charitable initiative, entitled 40×40. For the project, she recruited actress Melissa McCarthy to join her on a video call – during which, she wore two meaningful necklaces.
Both necklaces feature constellations – Taurus and Gemini – made of 14k gold and diamond.
The necklaces pay a sweet-yet-subtle tribute to her two children as Taurus is Archie’s star sign and Gemini is Lilibet’s.
Both from Logan Hollowell, the Taurus necklace retails at £1466, while the Gemini necklace retails at the slightly higher price of £1613.
Value: £80,000 ($100,000)
Meghan Markle‘s eternity ring caught the eye of many royal and fashion fans when she debuted the piece of jewellery at Trooping the Colour in 2019.
The eternity ring, which Meghan wore next to her wedding band and engagement ring, was a gift from her husband Prince Harry on the couple’s first wedding anniversary.
But did you know that the piece pays homage to the family? The conflict-free diamond eternity band features Meghan’s, Archie’s and Harry’s birthstones (an olive green peridot, flawless green emerald and a blue sapphire) on the underside of the ring.
Each birthstone is said to have its own meaning and significance, with sapphires believed to protect those close to you from harm, peridots said to instill power in the wearer, and emeralds considered a symbol of rebirth and love.
Value: £118 ($147)
In November 2019 and again in April 2020, Meghan wore a coin necklace that features Archie’s astrological sign, Taurus.
The 10k yellow gold necklace is the ‘Vanessa Coin Zodiac from Toronto jeweller, Suetables.
Though currently out of stock, it retails at $199 CAD, which converts to £118 and $147 USD.
In May 2022, Meghan stepped out to cheer on Prince Harry at a polo tournament at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club in California.
Meghan used the rare appearance to show off a new ring dedicated to her daughter – the gold ring features a dainty little “L” initial for Lilibet.
Though it’s unclear who designed Meghan’s ring, there are a variety of similar options on the market.
Value: £758 ($949)
Meghan on a few occasions has been spotted sporting her friend Jennifer Meyer’s jewellery line.
Ahead of the birth of Archie, she was photographed wearing a necklace that said “mummy” to her baby shower in New York City, back in 2019.
Handcrafted in 18-karat yellow gold, the necklace retails at £757.95.
Turquoise Three Stone Necklace
Value: £669 ($838)
Meghan wore a Jennifer Meyer turquoise necklace with three stones that represented her family during Archie’s first public debut in May 2019.
Handcrafted in 18-karat yellow gold, the necklace features three small bezel set turquoise cabochons that dangle from a 16″ delicate link chain.
The necklace currently retails at £668.78.
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