by Rashi Agarwal
Kate Middleton Wedding Jewelry
by Rashi Agarwal
The talk of the town this year till date has been
the Royal Wedding on the 29th April. Apart from just Kate
Middleton's beauty what fascinated the most was her jewelry.
The talk of the town this year till date has been the Royal Wedding on the 29th April. Apart from just Kate Middleton’s beauty what fascinated the most was her jewelry.
She was seen wearing a Cartier ‘Halo’ Tiara made of platinum and diamonds which is said to be lent to her by the Queen, especially for the wedding. This headband of diamonds which was given to Queen Elizabeth as a gift on her 18th birthday, matched perfectly with Kate’s hairstyle. Her hair half down and half up looked elegant yet stylish along with the diamond tiara peeping from inside her veil made of ivory silk tulle with hand embroidered flowers on the trim.
This tiara on the other hand was impeccably complementing the delicate diamond drop earrings Kate chose to wear. These earrings were custom made to match with the wedding tiara. The pair of earrings was made by Robinson Pelham and was given the shape of oak leaves clubbing them with a diamond set drop in pear shape, with a diamond acorn in pave setting suspended in the center.
The earrings were inspired by the Middleton family’s coat of arms and took the form of oak and acorn leaves to look nothing but gracefully stunning. These platinum based drop earrings have set a trend now and demonstrate a high princess style. This pair was made by the craftsmen in UK keeping in mind the tiara so that their style gels flawlessly with the latter.
The earrings have a unique amalgamation of the vintage, heirloom and modern pieces of the platinum jewelry from both Kate’s and William’s families. This blend in turn displays the couple’s desire and aspiration to tread today’s elements but on the foundation of the traditions of yester times.
Michael O’Conner, a jewelry expert states “Kate’s jewelry truly epitomizes a modern yet a sophisticated style of a royal bride.”
Now of course a wedding cannot be completed without a wedding ring. Prince William bonded Kate Middleton in a permanent relationship by slipping a Wartski band made of rare Welsh Gold. A nugget of the Welsh Gold kept in the royal vault for years, was given by the Queen to the Prince shortly after the announcement of the engagement. Well, guess this jewelry band again comes from the royal treasure chest.
Wartski was founded in the year 1865 in Wales and the gold nugget used in the wedding band also was mined from the mountains in Wales near Anglesey. In fact, this also corresponds to the place where the newlyweds will live now. Wartski on the other hand specializes in the Carl Faberge work, Russian arts, silver and fine jewelry. This is why this company has been one of the favorites of the royal family when it comes to designing the wedding rings.
However, only one band was designed and made as Prince William chose not to wear one. The band has been fashioned specifically from the Welsh Gold, as the royal family values this gold for its quality and most of all, its scarcity.
Well obviously, Kate’s jewelry wouldn’t be complete without the mention of the other ring with which Prince William proposed to her. This ring studded with a Ceylon blue sapphire and surrounded by diamonds belongs to his mother Princess Diana, who chose this ring after getting engaged to Prince Charles in 1981. This ring is a legend of grace, beauty and humanity and moreover it comprises the sparkling personality of Lady Diana Spencer, Princess of Wales.
The blue sapphire and diamond ring has become a sort of symbol of the new royal union. The ring with its high elegance and timeless design sparkles on Kate’s finger, in turn paying tribute to Lady Diana.
Unique might sound a small word if come to describe the beauty and glamour of this ring. The 12 carat oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 round diamonds is made in 18K white gold. However, the size of the oval blue Sapphire is largely misinterpreted as 18 carat; but is actually 12 carats.
Lady Diana’s engagement ring is reported to have just 8 prongs with 2 in every corner but later more prongs were added to the ring to give it the present look. The 14 round diamonds surrounding the blue sapphire come to nearly 3mm in diameter.
One of the most fascinating features about the ring apart from its design is the color combination. The deep intense blue color in the centre shines exceptionally and flawlessly against the dazzling and sparkling white periphery. The design undoubtedly gives a boost to the modern trends and is sure to keep many trend setters glued to it for many more years to come, like it has till date.
It is read that Lady Diana and Prince Charles were shown a plethora of rings to choose from but she picked only this ring. Maybe not because it wasn’t costly, but more because this ring oozes out elegance, charm, sophistication and most of all royalty. The cluster ring design portrays versatility considering the use of three materials blue sapphire, diamonds and white gold. This feature makes it shine impeccably and boldly from every angle with even the slightest ray of light.
It is known that Kate is not fond of wearing too much jewelry and so her wedding was not an exception. Wearing just the tiara, the drop earrings to match with it and the Blue Sapphire Diamond ring which took stole hearts all over, Kate looked complete and graceful.
In fact, against her jewelry and her attire which went perfectly with one another, the blue sapphire engagement ring seemed to be the cherry on the cake. The blue splash of color against the white background looked as if adding a glow to the dress along with her face.
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