It is just over two weeks since the sixth in line to the throne, Prince Harry of Wales wed his beautiful blushing bride at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. As the nation still admires the fairy tale photographs of the big day, we are still learning of the references that the special couple made to the late Princes Diana. More than two decades after her passing, her presence was still subtly felt at her son’s wedding. An elegant bridal bouquet handpicked by Prince Harry himself featured his mother’s favourite flowers – the forget-me-knot, and nods to Princes Diana’s wedding train were seen in the Duchess of Sussex’s dress. But if there is one way of paying tribute to the late Princess of Wales, it is to wear some of her spectacular pieces of sparking jewellery.
In a special “letter of wishes” Diana wrote down her intentions to leave her jewellery to her sons’ future wives. Since then of course, the Duchess of Cambridge has been seen styling some of Princess Diana’s jewels over the last few years – the main talking point of which has been the breath-taking sapphire engagement ring that was gifted to her by Prince William. But it wasn’t until recently that Prince Harry’s wife was able to do some of Diana’s jewels justice, with the wedding ring featuring one diamond sourced from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection.
It was however, the evening wedding reception that saw the new Duchess of Sussex debuting a new piece of jewellery from her late mother-in-law’s collection. A stunningly large Aquamarine ring. Photographer’s snapped the newly wed couple as they made their way to their reception in a sleek silver-blue Jaguar E-Type car, with the bride proudly waving her hand as the stone danced under the setting sun in shades of light blue. Diana famously wore the emerald cut Aquamarine ring which belongs to a set, to an auction of her own clothes at Christie’s in 1997.The matching piece is that of an Aquamarine bracelet which incorporates within its design, five strands of connecting pearls. The two-piece was worn as a complete set by the late Princess of Wales to a gala dinner in Australia in 1996. The decision by the Duchess of Sussex to wear something blue not during the first part of the day, but the second, was a nice unconventional touch with great sentiment behind it.
The Duchess of Sussex wore the large emerald cut Aquamarine ring alongside a custom silk “lily white” Stella McCartney evening dress which served to further enhance the poignance and the significance of the ring. The popular blue gemstone is thought to symbolise beauty, honesty and loyalty – fitting values for such a special day shared and celebrated by the Royals. The pastel blue hue of the stone is perfect for incorporating into platinum and white gold settings – many examples of which can be found within our Aquamarine jewellery collection here at Berry’s. Our line of Aquamarine rings, Aquamarine earrings and Aquamarine bracelets can be combined together to create a complete set and worn to all those important occasions in life.