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The jewellery looks of Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex

From her 2018 wedding at Windsor Castle dripping in Cartier to her most recent public appearances at this summer's Platinum Jubilee celebrations, we take a look at Meghan Markle's life through jewellery

By Joshua Hendren

Meghan Markle is famous for taking risks when it comes to her choice of jewels. Whether it’s armfuls of polished gold bangles or supersized hoops, Meghan often opts for pieces that carry a special significance to her, all the while pushing boundaries and shattering royal tradition. Here, we dip into Meghan’s jewellery box and discover fifteen of her most eye-catching gems, from pavé-bedazzled butterfly studs to woven treasures from independent labels.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Birks to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II at St Paul’s Cathedral (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Simple and timeless, Meghan elevated a white Dior trench coat and a matching hat by milliner Stephen Jones with a twinkly Snowflake Snowstorm earring by Canadian fine jeweller Birks at the Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Queen Elizabeth’s Platinum Jubilee.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Cartier, Sophie Lis and Catbird at the Invictus Games at The Hague, Netherlands (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

At the Invictus Games reception in 2020, Meghan donned the same Cartier Galanterie de Cartier earrings she wore for her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Cartier, Sophie Lis and Catbird at the Invictus Games in The Hague, Netherlands (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Elevating her crisp white pantsuit with flashes of gold, Meghan also chose this Cartier Tank watch, a pendant necklace by Sophie Lis engraved with the French words qu’hier and que demain, which mean “more than yesterday, less than tomorrow”, a nod to the poem “The Eternal Song” by Rosemonde Gérard, and a dainty gold Kitten Mitten hand bracelet from Catbird.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Cartier at the Invictus Games opening ceremony (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

For her speech at the opening ceremony of this year’s Invictus Games, Meghan opted for this glistening Cartier Juste Un Clou necklace – a piece first designed for the house in 1971 by Italian jeweller Aldo Cipullo.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Cartier and Serena Williams Jewellery as she attends the Invictus Games 2020 (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

As she met with athletes at the Invictus Games earlier this year, Meghan accessorised her double-breasted Celine jacket with 14k white gold Starburst stud earrings by Serena Williams, as well a Cartier Love bracelet and a duet of rings that glistened in the sunlight.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Simone Rocha at Royal Albert Hall in 2020 in London (Photo by Simon Dawson – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Meghan stunned royal onlookers at the 2020 Mountbatten Music Festival, opting for a scarlet-red cape gown from Safiyaa which she cleverly embellished with Simone Rocha‘s floral beaded drop earrings.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Pichulik as she visits ActionAid in South Africa in 2019 (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

During her visit to ActionAid in Johannesburg in 2019, Meghan wore a pair of Labyrinth earrings by local designer Pichulik. The Cape Town-based brand, whose motto is “bold jewellery, brave women”, describes the ethically-made earrings as a reference to an “ancient modality for wholeness”.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Gas Bijoux in South Africa in 2019 (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Another stop on the royal tour of South Africa was the Woodstock Exchange to meet female entrepreneurs working in technology. For this occasion, Meghan chose these hand-crafted 24K gold-plated brass earrings by Saint Tropez jeweller Gas Bijoux.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Gas Bijoux in South Africa in 2019 (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

Twisted and sculpted into two hammered discs, the statement earrings are suspended on delicate chains and come finished with a butterfly fastening.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears earrings and bracelets once owned by Princess Diana in 2019 in London (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Meghan gave a subtle nod to Princess Diana through her jewellery choices at the 2019 launch of her Smart Works capsule collection. Keeping it minimal in a white blouse by Misha Nonoo, black trousers, and a Ralph Lauren belt, the real delights were in the details as Meghan accessoried with earrings and gold cuff bracelets once owned by the People’s Princess.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Ecksand in 2019 in London (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

On a visit to The National Theatre in 2019 Meghan debuted these sculptural-looking contemporary bar earrings by Ecksand.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Ecksand (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

The titled style is handcrafted in 18k yellow gold in Montreal, Canada and lent a classy pop of gold to neutral tailoring by Brandon Maxwell.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Cartier and the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau by Garrard (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Meghan was dripping in diamonds at her 2018 wedding to Prince Harry. Pictured her as she began her procession through Windsor, the bride opted for Cartier‘s Galanterie de Cartier stud earrings along with one Reflection de Cartier bracelet in white gold, also from the French jeweller. As for her tiara, Meghan opted for a diadem straight from Queen Elizabeth’s jewellery box, the Queen Mary Diamond Bandeau, designed by royal jeweller Garrard in 1932. 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears earrings once owned by Princess Diana (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Meghan often turns to heirloom jewellery for royal engagements. These delicate butterfly earrings once belonged to Princess Diana and come spun in yellow gold and diamond. 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Pippa Small (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

During a welcome ceremony in Fiji, Meghan sparkled in a pair of 22K gold leaf-shaped earrings from ethical Canadian jeweller Pippa Small.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears diamond chandelier earrings (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)
close up diamond chandelier earrings (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Meghan brought high-octane glamour to the 70th birthday dinner of King Charles III in this cascading pair of diamond chandelier earrings.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Kimai (Photo by Clodagh Kilcoyne – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

On a visit to Smart Works, a UK charity that supports and empowers unemployed women through clothing and coaching, Meghan shone in these sunset-coloured Felicity earrings by lab grown diamond jeweller Kimai.

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Pippa Small on stage during The Fashion Awards 2018 (Photo by Tristan Fewings/BFC/Getty Images)

Meghan lent a sunshine twist to her striking velvet Givenchy gown at the 2018 Fashion Awards with lustrous, chunky jewellery from Pippa Small.

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