Meghan’s post-royal look is all about quiet sophistication. Sleek tailoring, luxe knitwear and well-cut coats are her go-tos these days (no matter that it’s a balmy 20 degrees centigrade in New York right now). It’s the uniform of Hollywood’s power players, an elite clique of which she is now a member.
The only obvious indicator of her status and wealth is in her jewellery, which always speaks volumes about the wearer. That’s especially the case with fine jewellery, which tends to be representative of milestone moments: engagement and marriage, of course, but also landmark birthdays, memories and the birth of children.
So what is Meghan wearing, and what does it tell us? Here, we decode the meaning behind each piece:
Cartier Galanterie diamond stud earrings
These are the same £12,000 Cartier diamond stud earrings that Meghan wore to marry Prince Harry at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle in May 2018. She also wore them for Archie’s christening in July 2019. She first wore them for an Invictus Games reception in April 2018, and are clearly among Meghan’s most treasured pieces of jewellery.
Cleave and Company engagement ring
Meghan’s engagement ring was designed by Harry and made by court jeweller Cleave and Company, and given to her in November 2017. The diamonds all have sentimental value, with the central stone coming from Botswana, a country Harry has visited many times and took Meghan to just weeks after they first met.
Flanking it are two diamonds from the personal collection of Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, which Harry said was “to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey”.
The ring was reworked by celebrity-loved New York jeweller Lorraine Schwartz to feature a white gold setting and a slimmer diamond pave band prior to the birth of the couple’s first child, Archie, in 2019.
Lorraine Schwartz ‘Pinky Ring’
This is the piece that seems to have generated the most interest. It is a design by Lorraine Schwartz, whose jewellery has also been worn by Beyonce and Angelina Jolie. Her collections feature the smiley face emoji in pave diamonds, ‘Lucky Monkeys’ and a diamond and topaz evil eye.
Meghan’s ‘pinky ring’, designed to be worn on the little finger, is a custom piece, which, along with a pair of earrings, were believed to have been made from the couple’s own diamonds. The New York Post’s Page Six reported that the diamonds were a gift to Harry ‘from the Middle East’, although a representative did not respond to a request for comment.
Meghan first wore the earrings for Trooping the Colour in 2019, and with black onyx backings a month later at the Lion King premiere in London. She has been seen wearing her pinky ring since October 2020.
Birks stackable diamond Snowflake ring
This is Canadian jeweller Birks’ take on the eternity band. It features 1.5 carats worth of diamonds set in 18kt white gold, retailing for $5,200 USD (£3,803). The design is “a tribute to the dazzling beauty of Canadian winters,” which will be meaningful for Meghan because she lived in Toronto when filming Suits.
The Duchess has been seen wearing it since she and Harry first announced their engagement and wears it alongside her engagement ring on her left hand.
Cartier Love bangle
The £5,800 Cartier Love bangle has been a symbol of enduring and everlasting love since it was first designed by Aldo Cipullo in 1969. It is screwed onto the wrist and comes with its own screwdriver. Harry has one too, and was seen wearing it in 2020 in a video to encourage Americans to vote in the presidential election.
Jennifer Meyer mini bezel tennis bracelet
Jennifer Meyer is a jewellery designer based in Meghan’s native Los Angeles, and the $3,000 (£2,194) mini bezel tennis bracelet is a signature piece. Meghan wears it alongside her watch on her left wrist.
Diana’s Cartier gold Tank Française watch
This is believed to be an heirloom piece once owned by Princess Diana, and seen on her wrist for both formal and casual engagements throughout the Nineties. Meghan has been wearing it since September last year, although it’s not her first Cartier Tank − Meghan has had her own version of the watch since around 2016.