While most of us were watching the Grammys on Sunday, the British press was reporting on the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge at the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards). By all accounts, Kate dazzled in an off-the-shoulder gown by Alexander McQueen, and major diamonds at her ears and wrist. Click here for a closer look.
In other British jewelry news…
Put a Ring On It?
The world is obsessed with the ring finger of Meghan Markle’s left hand. Last week Prince Harry’s American girlfriend was spotted at a flower shop wearing what was thought to be an “H” ring on that important finger (she’s known to favor an “H” necklace as a shout-out to her royal beau). It turns out Meghan Markle’s ring was a double arrow design, not, in fact, an “H,” from London-based brand Missoma. The ring in question was worn in a stack of Missoma rings, which have been collected by Markle over time.
According to the Daily Mail, “Missoma saw a surge of 5,000 visitors to its website within hours of the photographs of the actress wearing their rings being published.”
The Harrods Diamond
If Prince Harry does decide to pop the question, he may want to ring up Harrods, the iconic British department store in Knightsbridge. It seems a “diamond as big as The Ritz” has been hiding in plain sight for decades in one of the store’s safety deposit boxes. It has recently been unveiled to the public and is available for sale by appointment only. The current owner wishes to remain anonymous.
The Harrods Diamond weighs a whopping 228.31 carats. Needless to say, the price is available “upon application.”
The Gemological Institute of America has awarded The Harrods Diamond a “G” color grade, near the top of the class. Its clarity grade is “VS1,” an impressive designation for such a large stone.
Hearts On Fire by Stephen Webster
Meanwhile, for us lesser mortals, there is more diamond news from across the pond. Famed London-based jeweler Stephen Webster and “global luxury diamond brand” Hearts On Fire have collaborated on a new collection. This debut collection of Hearts On Fire X Stephen Webster is called “White Kites,” inspired by magnificent birds of prey.
The award-winning British designer’s first all-diamond collection features Hearts On Fire diamonds paired with white gold and rose gold. The White Kites pieces include dazzling diamond collars, cocktail rings, cuffs, and chandelier earrings, as well as delicate bracelets and necklaces.
To watch a video of the White Kites collection from Hearts On Fire X Stephen Webster, please click here.
Sources: The Daily Mail; AOL.com; Harrods; VisitLondon.com