To mark their first wedding anniversary, Prince Harry presented Meghan Markle with an eternity ring created by renowned jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. As with her engagement ring, the Duchess of Sussex altered the design of the ring to include the birthstones of her loved ones. Express.co.uk spoke to Steven Stone’jewelry expert Maxwell Stone about the piece.
In the royal biography, Finding Freedom, authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand revealed that Meghan’s eternity ring had been altered to include hers, Harry’s and her son Archie’s birthstones – peridot, emerald and sapphire, respectively.
Maxwell said: “Associated with strength and balance, Meghan’s birthstone – peridot – perfectly represents her strong character.
“Considered to bring peace, health and rest, peridot is said to boost both creativity and mood.
“Long associated with royalty and romance, Prince Harry’s birthstone is the sapphire – a stone said to symbolize both fidelity and the soul.
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“Associated with light and purity, the pearl is said to bless new beginnings in life, so it would be a fitting tribute to the newest child in the family.”
Regarding the design of the ring, Maxwell said: “Set on a band of gold with the main stone sourced from Botswana and stunning diamonds on either side from Princess Diana’s jewelery collection, the ring Meghan’s original eternity was worth £65,000.
“Since then, Meghan has replaced the gold ring with a delicate diamond-set ring.
“She also honored the family by updating the underside of the ring with the birthstones of herself, Harry and Archie.
The snowflake ring was designed by one of her favorite jewelers, Birks, the same company that designed the earrings she wore on her wedding day.
It is said to cost around £3,300 and “is a tribute to the dazzling beauty of Canadian winters”, where Meghan lived when she filmed Suits.
The country is also where Meghan and Harry retreated for their first Christmas with Archie after he was born.
If the origin of the ring is not yet known, it could well be a gift from the Prince after the birth of their daughter Lilibet.