The Wedding of the Year
With Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to marry on May 19th 2018 it asks the question ‘Will they continue with the long standing royal traditions or will they be one of the first to break them on their big day?’ We hope the latter.
As the nation discuss the finer details from possible dress designers to the guest list, let’s take an insight into royal wedding rings.
Since the Queen’s Mother decided to have her wedding band made in Welsh gold back in 1923 from the Clogau St David’s mine at Bontddu in North Wales, it has proved quite a fashion statement. A piece of jewellery with Welsh origin is not only worn by generations of the royal family but also one that perked the interest of the general public, with Queen Elizabeth and Kate Middleton being the ultimate trend setters.
As Megan Markle’s truly stunning engagement ring has dominated recent headlines (and rightly so), let us consider the next step and how her wedding band can be incorporated.
Speculation suggests that Meghan will continue the tradition of a band created from a nugget of Welsh gold similar to Kate Middleton’s. A narrow, plain band which is tightly tucked away under the engagement ring.
Royal traditions aside…
Here are Temprell’s top suggestions to perfectly compliment the bride to be and her breath-taking engagement ring comprised of a principle diamond from Botswana (a destination where the happy couple spent time together) and flanked but two precious diamonds originally belonging to Princess Diana.
As generations of the royal family have proved there is no arguing that a courted, highly polished yellow band can only compliment Meghan’s existing diamonds (believed to be a total of approximately 5cts). A wedding band design to match the width and profile of the treasured trilogy would ensure high-end precision fit for royalty.
Temprell’s half diamond set band oozes elegance with the right amount of sparkle to not compete with the principle cushion cut diamond. Seventeen round brilliant cut stones, claw set in line with the trilogy to further enhance a stunning engagement ring full of sentiment.
A wider court band with a row of diamonds finely channel set through the centre. Perhaps this is a more modern design that would sit more evidently next to her existing ring? It would definitely showcase more of the beautiful yellow gold that the Prince pointed out to be ‘her favourite’.
It is thought that Meghan could receive the very last slither of gold from the original nugget used back in 1923. More welsh gold has been presented to the royal family since, but what an honour and strong sentiment a piece of life long jewellery would hold with such history behind it.
When it comes to the gentleman’s band it is usually tradition that aristocratic men do not wear one. Prince Harry’s father Prince Charles did however wear one when marrying Princess Diana but his brother, Prince William, decided against. A beautifully matching court band in yellow or white gold would be our thoughts – a design with longevity, sophistication and comfort.
The nation loves a good wedding and we know this Royal ceremony will not disappoint.