When Duchess Meghan made her first public appearance after giving birth to Baby Archie, our eyes were irresistibly drawn to the new piece of bling on her finger—an eternity ring from Prince Harry, completing the trio alongside her wedding and engagement rings.
The Duchess of Sussex flashed the new ring, set all around with tiny diamonds, from a horse-drawn carriage during the Trooping the Colour parade earlier in June, in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday.
We were dazzled by the delicate band’s loop of diamonds, symbolizing her husband’s eternal devotion, and which he most likely gave to her on their first wedding anniversary or after the birth of their son.
The three-stone ring’s original band was made of gold but zoomed-in photos from Trooping the Colour reveal that the design has been updated to a thinner band set with diamonds in a pavé setting, the same as her eternity ring.
A pavé setting in jewelry is a style that takes its name from the French for ‘to pave’, so that the piece looks as though it is literally paved with diamonds.
Meghan stopped wearing her engagement and wedding rings for a while, presumably because her fingers swelled during her pregnancy. So while we don’t know when she made the changes to her engagement ring, it might have been updated when Harry had the eternity ring made.
Maybe she isn’t crazy about yellow gold after all? The Duke of Sussex announced proudly that he had helped to custom-design the ring with which he proposed to his now-wife, saying “The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s her favorite.”
He’ll be relived then that Meghan didn’t ditch any of the ring’s three original stones! Each was chosen for its special meaning. The central, larger diamond was sourced from Botswana, where Harry and Meghan spent five nights camping below the stars prior to their engagement.
The late Princess Diana‘s engagement ring is of course worn these days by the Duchess of Cambridge, but although he couldn’t give the iconic sapphire to Meghan, it was important to Harry to keep his mother’s memory alive and thus the central stone is flanked by two smaller diamonds that were part of Diana’s jewelry collection.
With the addition of many more diamonds, however tiny, Duchess Meghan’s daily jewelry collection is suddenly worth a lot more. What do you think—do you like the tastefully blingy update, or do you prefer the simpler original design?