|Harry and Meghan announce their engagement, November 27, 2017. AP Photo.|
It is the top story today, of course: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced their engagement and will marry some time next year. Who doesn’t love a royal wedding? They look so happy in the photo above, and so in love!
I really loved the cream-colored wrap coat that Meghan wore for their photo call about their engagement and I also liked the green dress peeking out beneath and the suede ankle-wrap heels (though they did look loose in the back). What I was most interested in seeing, however, was her engagement ring! I had no idea what to expect. I figured Harry had access to anything from Diana’s personal collection that he might want to use for the ring, including stones set in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, or even other rings, and of course could go to any jeweler he wanted.
|Neutral nails, three dazzling diamonds, and yellow gold! Reuters photo.|
What a surprise to see a cushion-cut center diamond, with smaller round diamonds on either side, set in yellow gold! I have to say, I think she and Harry just set a new trend in engagement rings, even if it takes awhile to catch on. For the past two weeks I have been looking at having a diamond I own reset into a ring and I am seeing a lot of pavé halo settings with a center diamond of various cuts, all set in either white gold or platinum. Meghan’s ring could not be more different from all the engagement rings I have looked at lately! It seems modern and elegant to my eye (and yet a bit retro with the cushion-cut diamond) and may help re-usher the use and popularity of yellow gold in bridal jewelry. I read in more than one place that the center stone came from Botswana and the two side stones came from jewelry once owned by Diana. The ring was created by Cleave and Company, with Harry himself helping in its design. I think this ring is a nice way to honor Diana’s memory and include her in the celebration and yet not saddle Meghan with a stone Diana was known to wear. I also love that the ring features family stones, along with a diamond which came from a country close to Harry’s heart. Talk about making a ring personal!
|Love this ring! Photo by Dominic Lipinski/PA Images/ Getty Images.|
|Another angle, this one more head-on. Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/Shutterstock.|
|Congratulations to the happy couple! Photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/Shutterstock.|
Let me know what you think of the ring or anything else to do with Meghan and Harry. I have to say, I love that Harry fell for an American gal, don’t you?