Predicting the wedding ring of bride-to-be Meghan Markle
May will be time for the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This year, the British Royal again has another desirable wedding that is worth waiting for. Of course, all information about this huge Royal Wedding has really attracted the attention of the public lately, including the guests, the venue, the wedding dress, wedding flower, and of course, the wedding ring.
By now, what we only know for sure is that the wedding ring will be made of white gold. According to a television interview after the couple's engagement was announced, Prince Harry shared his choice of white gold as the engagement ring due to his fianceé Meghan Markle’s favorite.
Markle's engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry himself and manufactured by Cleave and Co. There are 3 diamonds on the ring. The largest in the middle is from Botswana, the African country that witnessed their romantic story. The other two are from the private jewelry collection of Princess Diana. Prince Harry said that he wanted to "make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together".
"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," added Markle.
Meghan Markle's engagement ring is made of white gold with 3 diamonds. (Photo: elle.sg)
With such a meaningful engagement ring, it is likely that the wedding ring of the couple will also hold deep implications. Traditionally, rings in the Royal Weddings will be made from Welsh gold. This tradition originated in 1923 at the wedding of King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (the great-grandparents of Prince Harry).
Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon was the starter of the Welsh gold tradition. (Photo: gettyimages.com)
Previously, the British Royal was given some gold from the Clogau St David gold mine in Bontddu, North Wales. This gold was used to make the wedding ring for Queen Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, then the wedding ring for the Queen of England (1947), sister Queen of England - Princess Margaret (1960), daughter of the Queen of England - Princess Anne (1973) and Princess Diana (1981).
Princess Diana with a gold wedding ring from Wales (the small gold ring under the sapphire engagement ring). (Photo: gettyimages.com)
In 1981, the Queen was given another 36 grams of gold to make the wedding ring for her future descendants. This gold was used for the wedding of Sarah Ferguson - Duchess of York. Prince Charles's second wife, Duchess of Cornwall, and wife of Prince William, Kate Middleton, also own a wedding ring made from this gold. The ring of the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton was made by Wartski, an jewelry company established in Wales in 1865.
Kate Middleton's wedding ring followed the tradition of Welsh gold, worn with the engagement ring from Princess Diana. (Image: dailystar.co.uk)
Welsh gold is the 21K gold with higher golden ratio than 18K gold. It is also softer than 18K gold so it is easy to scratch or mop. 21K Welsh gold is a rare gold, as gold mines are almost exhausted. So its price is five times higher than other types of gold.
But are there any other options for this upcoming royal wedding ring? Meghan Markle seems to be a fan of Birks. Established in 1879 in Montreal, Birks is considered a symbol of Canada. Perhaps Meghan discovered this brand during her time in Toronto, where the series Suits was filmed. The brand has launched a series of white gold wedding rings, ranging from smooth rings to diamond rings. Will it be the tradition or will it be something new? Let’s wait and see.
A diamond-studded white gold wedding ring from Birks. (Photo: bourboncoffee.biz)
By: Quinn Abrams