She’s only been the Duchess of Sussex since May, but Meghan Markle is already a bona fide #fashionqueen. Women’s Wear Daily reports that she currently nets more than $212 million for the fashion brands she endorses!
It’s no wonder, then, that when she wore this gorgeous blue aquamarine ring to her wedding reception in May and then again in Tonga last month on the Royal Tour, everyone immediately wanted to know one thing: where could they buy one?
It turns out the emerald-cut ring was a gift from Prince Harry and previously belonged to his mother, Princess Diana. It was designed and crafted by the iconic luxury British brand, Asprey, in 1997.
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Set in 24-carat yellow gold with a large aquamarine stone surrounded by smaller diamonds, the dazzling rock is one-of-a-kind. But that hasn’t stopped the “Meghan Markle effect” from taking the jewellery industry by storm!
The Meghan Markle Effect
Inspired by the new royal, boutique jewellers all over the world are designing rings with a similar shape and design. While mass market brands, like Australian retailer Lovisa, have released more accessible look-alikes for the budget-conscious.
Whatever your price range, the bold statement ring—marked with the history of a powerful, independent woman—is certainly delivering a refreshing splash of blue to the fashion industry!
From runway to editorial, blue is back in a big way for Summer. Popular jewellery brands like Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Swarovski, Kendra Scott and Thomas Sabo know what’s good when it comes to blue gemstones and have infused their collections with the colour—lots of it!—this season.
Sparkle like Meghan with These Blue Semi-precious Gemstones
While Meghan’s ring featured a big, brilliant, aquamarine, we know that not all aquamarines of that size and quality are in everyone’s budget. So it’s no surprise that other blue semi-precious gemstones are buzzing on Instagram and Pinterest right now too— from tanzanites to turquoise and blue topaz. But what’s the difference between each stone and what’s the best way to wear them? We take a look...
Aquamarine stones are famous for their excellent clarity and transparency. Known as the “water of the sea”, they range in colour from light blue to bluish-green. Aquamarines are hard and durable gemstones, which make them perfect for all types of jewellery including rings, pendants and earrings. They’re also the birthstone of those born in March.
Tanzanite stones are only found in one place on earth: Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. They range in colour from lush blue to vibrant violet and rich purple. But they’re also ‘pleochroic’, which means they show three different colours when viewed from different directions. Pretty magical, right? Tanzanites are popular in rings, especially in a cushion or oval cut.
Buried in Ancient Egyptian tombs in 4,000 BC, turquoise was used among the world’s oldest jewellery. Turquoise is coloured by copper, which creates some of the most vivid blues and greens you can find in jewellery. The intricate spiderweb veins in some turquoise stones give them a beautiful bohemian vibe, which makes them a popular choice in anklets, intricate sterling silver rings and earrings. Turquoise is also the traditional birthstone for those born in December.
- Blue Topaz
Blue topaz is a radiant stone that was loved by the Ancient Greeks, who believed it could give strength to the wearer. It’s found in a wide range of hues from deep cobalt blue to pale sky blue and because of its versatility can be cut into a wide variety of shapes. Faceted topaz is slightly slippery to the touch and looks beautiful cut in opal or pear shapes. Blue topaz is often confused with Aquamarine but is a more affordable alternative.
So, what are your thoughts on the Meghan Markle effect? Are you a fan of blue gemstones and would you ever purchase a look-alike of the royal Asprey ring? Let us know in the comments below!