You can’t have a royal wedding without a bit of sparkle, and Princess Eugenie kept us all happy with the jewels she chose for her marriage to Jack Brooksbank at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor on October 12th 2018. The princess, ninth in line to the throne, also ticked a couple of bridal musts off that traditional to do list with her jewels covering something old, something new and something borrowed.
Leading the something new is her simple wedding ring of Welsh gold which was presented to her by her husband. The couple followed royal tradition with this pick as royal brides have worn bands made from gold mined in Wales ever since 1923. The custom began with the marriage of Eugenie’s great-grandparents, Albert and Elizabeth, Duke and Duchess of York and later King and Queen. They were given a nugget of gold from the Clogau St. David’s mine in Wales for their marriage and used it for the bride’s ring, beginning a tradition that persists today.
Eugenie will now place her unusual engagement ring on top of that wedding band. Throughout the ceremony she wore the striking gem on her right hand – tradition dictates that a wedding ring should be the first jewel on a ring finger to ensure it is closest to the heart. Eugenie’s engagement ring features an oval padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds and set on a band of yellow gold. The sapphire was chosen by Jack Brooksbank for his bride who was given a final say in how her ring looked.
Staying with the new, let’s talk earrings. The bride was given a pair of diamond and emerald drop earrings as a wedding present by her now husband. The gems feature six diamonds which increase in size as they work towards the final, oval-shaped emeralds at the bottom of each piece.
They matched the something old, and something borrowed that Princess Eugenie surprised us all with. The bride chose to wear the Greville Emerald Kokoshnik Tiara for her wedding day. This diadem, which once belonged to her great-grandmother, the Queen Mother, hadn’t been seen in public for decades. It came to the Royal Family in 1942 when society hostess, Margaret Greville, left her impressive collection of gems to them.
Eugenie wanted to put the neckline and low back of her wedding dress centre stage, so she wore no necklace or bracelet, allowing the gown to speak for itself. And the sparkle she did wear made this a royal bridal look to remember.