Oh, Meghan! I’m so excited to have an American join the royal family! I was a complete royal nerd, and streamed the royal wedding on my phone while everyone around me was fast asleep. I wasn’t disappointed! The whole thing was completely beautiful. The sermon was so inspiring, and I almost cried when the choir sang “Stand By Me.” Her dress was simple and stunning, and she and Harry were obviously in love. Plus, I’m not usually jealous of the Brits, but I do envy the way they get to wear those hats! And I love how they call them “fascinators.” How fun!
But since this IS a jewelry blog, let’s get started on Meg’s jewelry. She played it pretty safe by drenching herself in diamonds, but that’s the way it should be for a princess. And for the most part, she stayed with a traditional jewelry house – our friends at Cartier.
Let’s get right to it, shall we?
I always think dark haired brides look especially lovely with a tiara, and our Meg was no exception. The Queen herself let Meg choose a tiara, and this one was particularly stunning. It has a huge diamond brooch in the middle that dates back to 1893. The brooch is detachable. You know, for all those times when you think the tiara would just be too much…
<img class=" wp-image-2981 lazyload" src="https://valthegemgal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/bandeau-tiara-1526742615.jpg" alt="Meg's wedding day tiara" width="424" height="241" srcset="https://valthegemgal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/bandeau-tiara-1526742615.jpg 768w, https://valthegemgal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/bandeau-tiara-1526742615-300x171.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 424px) 100vw, 424px" /> Meg’s wedding day tiara
The tiara is officially called the Queen Mary Diamond Filigree Tiara. It’s a bandeau style, made in platinum, and has a flexible band of 11 sections. In case it isn’t completely obvious, it’s positively dripping with diamonds! It was created in 1932, and given to Queen Elizabeth in 1953. Apparently, Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, is quite fond of the tiara, and has worn it on several occasions.
The daytime and evening earrings
Meg wore some lovely Cartier stud earrings during the ceremony. Her “Galanterie de Cartier” white gold and diamond earrings have LOTS of diamonds and will only set you back about $16,500. I thought they were an elegant choice.
The reception earrings were quite a bit bling-ier! Still Cartier, and still diamond, but now long and dangly.
They also match the bracelet she wore during the ceremony. Called “Reflection de Cartier,” the earrings are 18K white gold, with 19 brilliant-cut diamonds each. If you want to buy these at Cartier yourself, you’ll need $68,000. I’m sure you have that just lying around the house!
Like I said earlier, Meg’s bracelet and earrings are both from Cartier, part of their “Reflection de Cartier” collection. The bracelet is a cool $155,000.
<img class=" wp-image-2991 lazyload" src="https://valthegemgal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/1058511.png" alt="Meg's wedding day bracelet from Cartier" width="271" height="110" srcset="https://valthegemgal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/1058511.png 1024w, https://valthegemgal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/1058511-300x122.png 300w, https://valthegemgal.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/1058511-768x312.png 768w" sizes="(max-width: 271px) 100vw, 271px" /> Meg’s wedding day bracelet from Cartier
The royal wedding ring
There was a lot of media attention about Meg’s engagement ring. It’s a pretty simple engagement ring, although the rumor is that Harry designed it himself. The two smaller diamonds are from his mother’s jewelry collection. And the large center stone is from Botswana, a place of significance for he and Meghan, ever since they shared a romantic camping trip there.
For her wedding band, I guess it’s tradition to have Welsh gold. All royals have been using pure Welsh gold ever since the Queen Mother’s wedding in 1923.
The spirit of Diana
It warmed my heart to see Meg wearing jewelry from Diana’s collection. Diana was so classy and stylish, and it’s nice to see her spirit being carried forward. I am in love with the dress Meg chose for the reception, and the huge aquamarine ring was a nice pop of color. Did I mention how huge the ring was? Because it’s huge!
I hope to see more of Diana’s jewels making an appearance as time goes on.
Royal Watchers Unite!
What about you, gem gals? Did you watch the royal wedding? What did you think of Meghan’s jewelry? Her dress? And all those crazy fascinators! Tell me!