13 Dec What’s Really Special About Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring?
On November 27th Great Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced they are engaged to be married. Two weeks later, the royal jewelers, Cleave and Company, who were involved in making this exquisite ring – more about that later! – have announced they’ve been completely overwhelmed by the number of requests they’ve had to make replica versions of the ring.
What’s so special about this engagement ring? Plenty of celebrities tie the knot, but their wedding jewelry doesn’t necessarily generate this kind of excitement. I happen to think a big part of this ring’s appeal is the unique story of its custom creation. Prince Harry wanted a one of a kind ring for his wife-to-be, a ring that was both beautiful and rich in personal meaning.
Custom Jewelry Design: The Royal Engagement Ring
Older brother Prince William presented his bride with an engagement ring featuring a stunning sapphire; Prince Harry opted to create an all-diamond custom engagement ring. The center stone was one the Prince had personally selected with Meghan Markle while they were on a vacation trip to Botswana.
While this certainly sounds over the top, the truth is that couples today can do the same thing, choosing exceptional diamonds and gemstones sourced from all over the world, picking the one stone in the world that was created to celebrate their unique love story. Luckily, you don’t have to travel to Botswana if you don’t want to: truly superior stones are available right here in Oklahoma City.
Preserving a Family Legacy: Custom Bridal Jewelry
Prince Harry’s family is kind of big on tradition. It was important to Harry that the engagement ring he gave his bride to be reflected some element of his family’s history; particularly his Mother, Princess Diana. He used some of the diamonds from a piece of Diana’s favorite jewelry in his engagement ring design, flanking the specially chosen center stone.
Taking the gemstones from one piece of jewelry to create another is a well-established part of the jeweler’s art. While settings come and go – after all, fashions and sizes change! – the beauty of diamonds and gemstones is truly timeless. When several generations use the same gemstones to celebrate their special life events, it’s a beautiful way to ensure families stay connected over time. If you’re thinking about this when you’re creating your own engagement ring design, consider what’s available to you via your family’s jewelry collection: you don’t necessarily need a gem that was in an engagement ring to create an engagement ring. Diamonds and gemstones can be found in other types of jewelry, including right hand and fashion rings, anniversary bands, bracelets, pendants, and even earrings.