Even though the royal wedding is over, the trends that have been influenced by this international event are now taking root all over the bridal industry.
And while some swoon-worthy parts of the wedding (like Meghan Markleâ€™s stunning Givenchy wedding gown) are up on our Top 10 Royal Wedding Moments, here weâ€™ll stick to covering some of the most popular bridal jewelry trends that have been influenced by the marriage of Meghan and Prince Harry
Three-Stone Engagement Ring Settings
When the royal couple first announced their engagement last year, all eyes were on them -- and the three-stone yellow gold sparkler that Meghan sported on her ring finger.
The three diamonds of this recently-revived style represent the past, present, and future of an engaged couple; a fitting statement as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex look back to their beginnings and look forward to a future in marriage.
Usually the stones of a three-stone ring have the same shape, but the piece donned by Meghan consisted of a cushion cut center stone flanked by two rounds. This gave the royal ring an updated and modern look that women all over the world now try to emulate in their own three-stone engagement rings.
Personalized Jewelry Pieces
One of the biggest takeaways from the royal wedding -- and the royal engagement, really -- was the concept of personalized jewelry items. Meghanâ€™s engagement ring, already a trend-setter in its own right, also had the distinction of having a lot of meaning for the royal couple.
The cushion cut stone nestled in the center of the ring, for example, was sourced from Botswana. The couple had taken a vacation to the country early on in their relationship, and adding a diamond from there became a thoughtful gesture that greatly increased the sentimental value of the ring to Meghan.
Additionally, the two round diamonds on each side of the center stone came from a pair of Princess Dianaâ€™s earrings that were given to Prince Harry after her death. According to him, creating the engagement ring and including those gemstones were his way of keeping his mother involved throughout the wedding in spirit.
This attention to detail and personal history is mirrored in modern couples getting engaged all over the world.
Although many of us might not have a whirlwind romance like Prince Harry and Meghan Markleâ€™s, today soon-to-be engaged couples include sentimental details from their relationships as they create their engagement and wedding rings. Colored gemstones, engravings, and creatively set stones are just a few of the ways couples nowadays are imbibing their wedding jewelry with a part of their love story.
Ever since we saw Meghan wear the splendid aquamarine ring (also from Princess Dianaâ€™s personal collection) on her way to the wedding reception, weâ€™ve been obsessed -- and weâ€™re not the only ones. You can expect to see a lot more of this stone in jewelry pieces, and even engagement rings, in the near future.
The light blue stone is a refreshing take on the colored gemstone jewelry trend; typically stones like emerald and sapphire would be used, thanks to their hardness and durability. But nowadays, jewelers are moving towards more unusual stones like moissanite, tanzanite, and now, aquamarine.
To avoid damaging one of these relatively softer stones, look for rings with a center gemstone and a halo of diamonds surrounding it. The diamonds would protect the fragile ends and corners of the stone, while also making the setting itself look larger than it is.
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