The 6 Top Royal Family Jewelry Moments of 2019
It’s been a major year for the royals. From baby Archie’s birth to Princess Beatrice’s engagement, there’s been no shortage of celebration for the Windsor family. Lucky for us, these exciting milestones tend to come with some lavish new (or storied) pieces of jewelry. So, we spoke with diamond expert and gemologist Grant Mobley to identify the six most stand-out royal jewelry moments of 2019.
1. Kate Middleton in Princess Diana’s Diamond and South Sea Pearl Dangle Earrings – February 2019
When the 37-year-old Duchess of Cambridge hit the red carpet for the BAFTAs alongside Prince William, she put her late mother-in-law’s favorite drop earrings on display. Mobley recalled, “The beautiful diamond-encrusted and pearl earrings were the perfect finishing touch to Kate’s look for the night and were able to take center stage thanks to her sophisticated up-do. They also complemented her other accessories, including her diamond bracelet and jewel-encrusted white clutch bag.” K-Middy definitely knows how to put an outfit together.
2. Queen Elizabeth in her Burmese Ruby and Diamond Tiara – June 2019
The 93-year-old monarch selected her Burmese Ruby and Diamond Tiara for a state banquet she and the royal family hosted at Buckingham Palace. A formal occasion such as a state banquet always calls for a tiara, but this one comes with quite a significant story. She commissioned it from the House of Garrard in 1973 using 96 rubies gifted to her by the people of Burma in celebration of her wedding. In Burmese culture, rubies ward off evil and illness. They’re also stunning.
3. Meghan Markle's Eternity Ring – June 2019
We caught our first glimpse of the 38-year-old Duchess of Sussex’s new ring at the queen’s birthday (aka Trooping the Colour). Mobley noted, “It’s a simple, delicate ring. The band is made up of natural diamonds, as well as three extra stones representing Meghan, Harry and Archie’s birthstones—green emerald for Archie, a blue sapphire for Harry and an olive-green peridot stone for Meghan. The symbolic ring was designed by Prince Harry with the help of Lorraine Schwartz.”
This, of course, isn’t the first time that Prince Harry has helped design a piece of jewelry for his wife. He also weighed in on her engagement ring design and specifically chose diamonds that were important to their love story.
4. Queen Elizabeth’s Brigade of Guards Brooch – June 2019
Every year, for the last 30 years, Queen Elizabeth has worn the same brooch to celebrate her birthday at Trooping the Colour. Mobley explained the significance of the brooch, saying, “This stunning brooch made out of natural diamonds combines the badges of the five regiments—the Grenadier, Coldstream, Scots, Irish, and Welsh Guard—which take turns each year trooping their colours for the queen. The queen’s decision to wear this brooch is not only a testament to her high regard for the regiments of the British and Commonwealth armies, but also a testament to the significance of diamonds for life’s momentous milestones, such as a birthday.”
5. Meghan Markle’s Lorraine Schwartz Diamond Earrings – July 2019
Like many Hollywood stars (Blake Lively and Beyoncé to name a few), the Duchess of Sussex is a big fan of Lorraine Schwartz’s designs. So, when she walked The Lion King red carpet and met Bey this summer, she opted for a newly-customized set of Schwartz-designed diamond earrings. “Although the earrings appeared to be a new addition to Meghan’s jewelry collection, they were actually just modified and encased with a bold black onyx jacket, which made them look completely different to when she was last seen wearing the sizable diamonds the month prior,” Mobley explained.
6. Princess Beatrice's Engagement Ring – September 2019
Princess Beatrice’s engagement to real estate magnate Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi definitely deserves a spot on this list. Interestingly, the princess’s diamond engagement ring bears some similarity to Markle’s. Mobley added that Mapelli Mozzi was apt to choose a natural diamond for the sparkler, “as they have been tied to love and commitment for thousands of years because of their strength and enduring value.”
Now if only we owned all of these pieces…*Sigh*