Platinum Reigns At The Royal Wedding
Windsor, England—29.2 million Americans watched Saturday’s nuptials between Britain’s Prince Harry and former actress Meghan Markle, who as we know is one of our own fellow Yankees. (Trivia: almost 7 million more Americans watched this wedding than that of William and Kate, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.)
That’s a lot of people seeing some very important platinum jewelry: both Prince Harry’s wedding band and Meghan Markle’s tiara were set in platinum, as was her Cartier bracelet.
Prince Harry not only broke tradition by opting to wear a ring at all (apparently many British men don’t), but he’s sporting a platinum wedding band featuring a textured finish, from the Cleave workshop.
Meghan’s veil was held in place by Queen Mary's diamond bandeau tiara, set in platinum, lent to the bride by The Queen. The diamond bandeau is English and was made in 1932, with its center brooch dating from 1893. The bandeau is formed as a flexible band of eleven sections, pierced with interlaced ovals and pavé set with large and small brilliant diamonds. The center is set with a detachable brooch of ten brilliant diamonds.
The diamond bandeau was made for Queen Mary and specifically designed to accommodate the brooch. This brooch was given as a present to the then Princess Mary in 1893 by the County of Lincoln on her marriage to Prince George, Duke of York. The bandeau and the brooch were bequeathed by Queen Mary to HRH The Queen in 1953.
Platinum wedding jewelry is popular with Royal families. Queen Elizabeth II’s ring from Prince Philip is set in platinum, and Prince Rainier III of Monaco second engagement ring to Grace Kelly was also set in platinum.
The new Duchess of Sussex (aka Mrs. Harry) also wore white gold and diamond stud earrings and a platinum and diamond bangle, both by Cartier. While both pieces were intricately detailed up close, their overall effect was one of simplicity, in keeping with the unadorned bateau-neck Givenchy gown that’s sure to launch a trend for understated bridal elegance.
We know that the Duchess’s engagement ring contains two diamonds once belonging to Princess Diana flanking a center stone from Botswana, where the couple went on a romantic getaway early in their courtship. Diana’s spirit was felt at the more intimate evening festivities as well, in the aquamarine ring worn by the new Duchess, who also adorned her Stella McCartney halter gown with a pair of Cartier diamond drop earrings.
But despite the white on white of gown, diamonds, and platinum, the Duchess’s wedding ring is yellow gold. Like those of all women marrying into the royal family, it is made (also by Cleave) from a special cache of Welsh gold given by The Queen.
Harry Kotlar, Le Vian, Hearts On Fire Seen At The Billboard Music Awards
Las Vegas, NV—The 2018 Billboard Music Awards were held Sunday, May 20, in Las Vegas. Here’s who rocked what jewelry on the red carpet and on stage:
Ariana Grande performed in Harry Kotlar diamond stud earrings and a Djula diamond choker:
CYN wore Hearts On Fire diamond rings and Hueb diamond earrings:
Mila Kunis, Maren Morris, and Ciara all wore Le Vian. Mila Kunis wore a Le Vian diamond ring; Ciara wore morganite stud earrings and Maren Morris wore a Le Vian ruby and pink sapphire ring on the red carpet, one of three jewelry changes she made that night. She also wore an Ivy NY red spinel ring.
Mila Kunis, above, and Ciara, below left, in Le Vian. Below right, Maren Morris.
Katy Perry, Liz Hurley in Le Vian
New York, NY—Model and actress Elizabeth Hurley wore a Le Vian pink sapphire bracelet to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation's The Hot Pink Party, May 17 in New York City:
Singer Katy Perry wore Le Vian aquamarine and diamond rings and Spallanzani star aquamarine earrings on ABC’s American Idol on May 20:
Stars Cannes Do Platinum!
Cannes, France—A bevy of international celebrities sported platinum jewelry throughout the 71st Annual Cannes Film Festival, one of the major events in the annual movie world calendar. Among those stepping out in platinum and diamonds on the red carpet for film premieres and accompanying galas were American actress Julianne Moore, British model Georgia May Jagger, Brazilian model Izabel Goulart, Czech model Petra Nemcova, and Russian ice dancer Tatiana Navka. Don’t forget the guys: Swedish model Robert Konkjic popped into the Chopard Secret Party wearing a L.U.C. XPS 1860 Black Tie timepiece with a black dial, set in platinum.
Julianne Moore and Georgia May Jagger in platinum jewelry on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival.