Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio

Royal Recycling

Once one of the most eligible bachelorettes in England, Pippa Middleton became the talk of the town on Saturday, May 20th, when she finally tied the knot. Though she wasn’t wearing anything obviously borrowed or blue, she was spotted wearing something ‘old’…the bespoke diamond earrings which she wore to her sister Kate’s world-famous wedding! Donned again in celebration of sacred vows, these enchanting adornments feature floral motifs and a classic pear-cut diamond drop…the pair was originally designed to be an understated version of the Duchess Kate’s wedding earrings, which also featured an oak leaf and an acorn – elements of the Middleton family coat of arms. The ceremony was a truly royal event, with a guest list including the bride’s sister, Duchess Kate Middleton and her husband, Prince William, along with Prince Harry and his Hollywood girlfriend, Meghan Markle. Young Prince George and Princess Charlotte attended as page boy and a bridesmaid, and the entire entourage gathered at the end of the night in a massive glass palace which the bride had shipped from Belgium to her backyard.


Welsh Gold
In addition to the “something old, something new” adage, another interesting nod to tradition which Middleton’s wedding jewelry embodied included the lesser-known trend for royal brides to wear Welsh gold. Over 80 years ago, a gift of Clogau gold was made to the throne, and which was plentiful enough to fashion rings for brides Queen Elizabeth, Princesses Margaret and Diana, and the original bride, Elizabeth Bowes Lyon in 1923. Though Pippa‘s ring may not be from this original supply, it is known that it is indeed of Welsh gold, and thus a part of a very shining legacy.