Meghan Markle’s $62,000 pinky ring made of diamonds from a mysterious giver in the Middle East
Meghan Markle wore a stunning $384,000 worth of jewelry while posing for the cover of TIME’s most influential magazine alongside her husband Prince Harry Including a $62,000 emerald-cut pinky ring made of “gifted diamonds from the Middle East”.
The The Duchess of SussexThe 40-year-old has worn many of her favorite pieces from her luxury collection, but the $62,039 (£45,000) royal pinky ring, reportedly custom-made by Lorraine Schwartz, has raised questions.
according to Sixth pageMegan turned to celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz to design the ring from a diamond gift the couple received from the Middle East.
While the donor of Megan’s diamond-cut emerald is unknown, a lawyer fighting for justice for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in March criticized her decision to wear diamond earrings given to her by the man accused of ordering the brutal murder – something he said. He claimed that it was bought ransom.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman presented the Queen’s Chopard earrings as an official gift to Meghan at her wedding to Prince Harry in 2018.
The Duchess wore it on the first night of a visit with her husband to Fiji on October 23, 2018 – three weeks after Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and when there were high-profile media reports linking MBS to the trauma. Assassination.
Speaking of Meghan’s ring (pictured), Posh Pawn’s Prestige Pawnbrokers gemologist Alexandra Michel commented on Channel 4: “It’s a simple emerald-cut diamond on the scale, which is usually high in clarity due to the cut. I rate this as a 1.50 carat (D) HD color (internally flawless) and valued at around $62,039 (£45,000)
The royal family showcased a gorgeous palette of expensive colors on the post’s highly glossy cover – which names her and Harry, 37, among the 100 most influential people in the world for 2021. Pictured, the cover of The Times
On the cover of The Times, Meghan wore many of the pieces she wore – including a $23,000 gold Cartier Tank watch that was once believed to have been her own. Princess Diana It was gifted to her by her husband in the early years of their relationship, which she paired with a $6,900 Cartier Love bracelet.
But it was the custom pinky ring that really caught the attention of jewelers.
Speaking exclusively to FEMAIL, Posh Pawn’s Prestige Pawnbrokers gemologist Alexandra Michele commented on Channel 4’s Posh Pawn: “It’s a simple emerald-cut diamond on the scale, which is usually high in clarity due to the cut. I rate this as a 1.50 carat (D) HD color (internally flawless) and valued at around $62,039 (£45,000).
Anthony French, a diamond expert at Austen & Blake commented: “I would say it is an emerald solitaire of about 2 carats. It is rumored that the diamond was a gift from the Middle East for the time they spent volunteering there, and accordingly it must be of good quality, and I believe its value is between 45 and 50 thousand pounds sterling.
Meghan Markle wore a staggering $384,000 in jewelry while posing for the cover of Time magazine’s most influential issue alongside her husband Prince Harry – including a $62,000 emerald-cut pinky ring made of ‘gifted diamonds from the Middle East’
Laura Lambert, founder of Fenton, added: “Meghan chose an emerald-cut solitaire, a traditional style for an engagement ring.
Wearing it as a pinky ring is Meghan’s modern take on a classic diamond-encrusted style, which in this size and gauge would usually be worn on an engagement or cocktail ring.
It’s possible that Megan paid a premium to work with a designer whose style she prefers, rather than just focusing on the value of the raw goods. We have seen the popularity of pinky increase dramatically from the classic ring with the evolution of gemstones to colored gemstone stacking bands, especially in emerald and sapphire.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attends a reception and dinner hosted by the President of Fiji at the Grand Pacific Hotel, Suva, Fiji, October 2018 wearing earrings
Brutal Death: Journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Earlier in the year, Michael Eisner, who heads a human rights group founded by Mr. Khashoggi three months before his death, said Meghan’s stunning and controversial chandelier earrings were purchased by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Michael Eisner said it was ‘baffling’ because the duchess didn’t know the prince, known as MBS, was linked to the murder when she wore the earrings to a state dinner, or his appalling human rights record.
“These earrings were bought for ransom and given to her by a killer,” said Mr. Eisner, director of operations for Democracy in the Arab World Now (DOWN). “She has no business wearing them.”
The Duchess’s lawyers insisted that at dinner time she was unaware of the speculation that Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the Khashoggi murder.
Why didn’t the activist duchess know that the Saudi ruler was accused of murder?
Fearless dissident Jamal Khashoggi was seen alive entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on the afternoon of October 2, 2018. Within two hours, he was killed by a Saudi hit squad that cut his body with a bone saw.
Mr. Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the Saudi regime, and suspicion soon grew about the involvement of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, better known as MBS.
On October 18, The Times reported that a close circle of officials and security officers around Mohammed bin Salman was the focus of the murder investigation. A day later, she told The Sun how one of Mohammed bin Salman’s bodyguards was suspected of the brutal murder.
Later that day, Sir John Sawers, the former head of MI6, told the BBC’s World at One radio program that “all evidence points to [the killing] It is carried out by people close to Mohammed bin Salman’. Sir John’s damning comments were widely reported.
The Duchess of Sussex wore earrings given to her by Mohammed bin Salman as a wedding gift at a state dinner in Fiji on October 23. : “Khashoggi’s murder: Is Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed finished?”
He wrote: “The official Saudi denial of having anything to do with the murder – in a plot hatched from within his inner circle… was met with deep skepticism.”
On November 14, the Duchess wore earrings again at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace.
At the time, the Kensington Palace press office told the media that the earrings were “borrowed” but did not specify who. While the royal family’s guidelines regarding the acceptance and ownership of gifts have been adhered to, The Mail on Sunday has learned that palace aides have been frustrated with wearing earrings.
“There is no place in the gift policy that says you must wear them,” said one of the sources.
It is understood that Mohammed bin Salman presented the diamond earrings as a wedding gift to Meghan during his three-day state visit to Britain in March 2018. Court records show that he had lunch with the Queen and Prince Andrew at Buckingham Palace on March 7, 2018. There is no indication that That he personally presented the earrings to the Duchess, or even met her already.
It is understood that the earrings were registered in the official gift registry and were notified to Meghan in July 2018. She was then chosen as part of the jewelry collection to accompany the Duke and Duchess on a 16-day tour of Fiji, Tonga, Australia and New Zealand.
Every detail on these tours is meticulously planned months in advance, including the clothes and jewelry that will be worn at each event. The couple was accompanied on the Fiji and Tonga stops on their tour by Sir David Manning, former British ambassador to the United States and former foreign policy advisor to Tony Blair.
On October 18 – five days before Meghan wore her earrings – The Times reported how a close circle of officials and security officers around Mohammed bin Salman emerged as the focus of the investigation into what happened to Khashoggi.
Meghan’s lawyers told The Times that although she may have said they were borrowed, every relevant employee knows who they are. They added that she was not aware of the rumors at the time the crown prince was involved in the murder.
Lauren Kinney, author of the royal jewelry blog The Court Jeweler, said: “What was unusual was the statement that the gems were ‘borrowed’ without making it clear who owned them. When gems are borrowed from the Queen, the palace generally says so.
The Duchess wore earrings for the second time on November 14, 2018 – at Prince Charles’ 70th birthday party at Buckingham Palace. This prompted an aide to confront Harry about the earrings, according to The Times. The prince reportedly looked “shocked” because people knew where the earrings came from.
Khashoggi, who wrote for the Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a Saudi hit squad inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His body has not been recovered. An explosive CIA report published by US President Joe Biden nine days ago claimed that Mohammed bin Salman approved the killing of Khashoggi.
The crown prince, who is the Saudi deputy prime minister and daily ruler of Saudi Arabia, said he bears responsibility for the murder ‘because it took place in my custody’, but denied his prior knowledge of the execution.
Human rights group Dawn and Khashoggi’s fiancée, Khatis Cengiz, filed a lawsuit last year against Mohammed bin Salman and 20 alleged co-conspirators in a US court.
The Saudi royal family regularly gave jewelry to their British counterparts. Royal jewelry expert Lauren Keena said Princess Diana received a set of diamond and ruby jewelry from Crown Prince Fahd as a wedding gift in 1981, and the Duchess of Cornwall received three suites of jewelry during her official visit to Saudi Arabia in May 2006.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex did not respond to requests for comment.