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Will Meghan Markle accelerate demand for lab-grown diamonds in the UK?

WINDSOR, ENGLAND - MAY 19: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leaves Windsor Castle in the Ascot Landau carriage during a procession after getting married at St Georges Chapel on May 19, 2018 in Windsor, England. Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales marries Ms. Meghan Markle in a service at St George's Chapel inside the grounds of Windsor Castle. Among the guests were 2200 members of the public, the royal family and Ms. Markle's Mother Doria Ragland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Meghan Markle is one of the most influential style icons in the United Kingdom, and she loves to play with jewellery.

Since her engagement to Prince Harry, the now Duchess of Sussex has been spotted wearing the latest jewellery trends, and whatever she wears sells like hotcakes.

From jewellers reporting a rise in brides choosing three-stone, yellow gold engagement rings, to brands such as Missoma and Shaun Leane experiencing a lift in sales thanks to the young royal sporting their designs, Meghan Markle continues to command the attention of shoppers and drive business for British jewellery firms.

To date, the Duchess has shown a love for stacking rings, often opting for a mix of fashion and fine, and she frequently wears bold statement bracelets and on-trend earrings such as ear climbers and ear jackets.

Yesterday, during her first visit as a Royal Patron for Smart Works (a charity which helps unemployed and vulnerable women regain skills and confidence), Meghan Markle wore her boldest piece to date– a pair of ear climbers featuring three drops.

Aside from the design being less royal and more catwalk, press are picking up on the fact that these earrings are sustainable – a hot topic in the fashion world right now.

Meghan Markle wore these 18ct gold earrings by Kimai.

The earrings by ethical jewellery brand Kimai have been crafted from 18ct gold and adorned with lab-grown diamonds.

This is the first time American beauty has been spotted in lab-grown diamonds, and if her record dictating trends to date is anything to go by, it could lead to man-made stones growing at a faster rate than expected in the UK.

It has certainly already opened up conversations in the fashion press about ethical jewellery options – with several articles placing the spotlight on the lab-grown aspect of the royal’s earrings and informing their readers of the difference between natural and man-made.

While it could be the first and last time the Duchess wears lab-grown diamonds, it could also mark the beginning of accelerated lab-grown diamonds growth in the UK if she continues to aid conversations about sustainable jewellery options.

Watch this space…


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