July 2, 2019 | News | No Comments
1st Jul 2019
Updated: Last week we brought you the news that Meghan Markle had secretly had her engagement ring redesigned, a detail the world managed to miss during her appearance at Trooping the Colour back in June. Now, we have confirmation surrounding the redesign, which was part of a larger gift to the Duchess of Sussex from her husband, Prince Harry.
As per a report by Omid Scobie, the royal reporter who writes for Harper’s Bazaar, Prince Harry gifted his wife a new eternity band, and while designing the new piece, he also asked the jeweller, Lorraine Schwartz, to update the engagement ring.
The eternity band, which you can read more about here, was a gift to celebrate both the couple’s anniversary and also the birth of their first child. Scobie writes: “While working closely with the famous New York-based jeweler, the prince also took the opportunity to have Meghan’s engagement ring—which features two stones that once belonged to Princess Diana—resized and reset with a new delicate diamond band.”
The new and improved version of the ring was debuted at Trooping the Colour, alongside the eternity band.
June 25, 2019: It would seem that with all the excitement brought on by Meghan Markle’s appearance at the Trooping the Colour parade on June 8, the world missed one small but crucial detail: the duchess has had her incredibly sentimental engagement ring redesigned.
Upon closer inspection, royal watchers noticed that while the ring still featured its centre cushion-cut diamond, as well as the two smaller diamonds from Princess Diana’s jewellery collection, said stones now sat atop a different band. The original yellow gold band has been replaced with a daintier diamond-studded one, which you can see here.
“The Duchess has reset her ring in a new setting with a thinner, diamond pavé band as opposed to the original band, which was noticeably thicker and plain,” Fenton & Co jeweller Laura Lambert, told British “This has been achieved by removing the centre and accent stones from the original setting and creating a new setting from scratch that is bespoke for those specific diamonds.”
While the reason behind the duchess’s decision to redesign the band of the ring she previously described as “perfect” remains unclear, the engagement ring still sits perfectly alongside her wedding band, as well as the new eternity ring she also debuted at the Trooping the Colour celebrations.
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“I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us,” Markle said of the ring, shortly after the pair’s engagement was announced. “It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring] which sort of links where [Harry comes] from and Botswana, which is important to us.”
Perhaps Markle had to have her ring resized during her pregnancy? If that is the case, she may have decided to use this as an opportunity to make the design, which Prince Harry is to thank for, a little more her own.
“The heavier, plain band is a more traditional style, whereas a more delicate pavé band reflects her modern, fashion-forward aesthetic,” explained Lambert. “The Duchess has characteristically taken tradition and put her own spin on it. She’s taken what was probably a practical decision and used it to add her own design twist which is lovely.”