Today was an exciting day for royal watchers, as the “Fab Four” made their first official joint engagement together at the inaugural Royal Foundation Forum. You can watch the full video on the ITV News Royals Facebook page(heads up: it’s about an hour long) and hear about the important charitable work Prince Harry, Prince William, The Duchess of Cambridge, and Meghan Markle will be/have been carrying out with their foundation. I was especially impressed with Meghan’s thoughts on women’s empowerment, as well as the ongoing conversation surrounding mental health the royals have been spearheading.
I confess I actually forgot this engagement was going on today until I woke up and saw the video, so it’s a fun coincidence that I’m wearing a Meghan-inspired jewelry look this morning.
While her sister-in-law-to-be Kate favors glittering gemstones, pearls, and more “posh” jewelry, Meghan has (at least so far) sported more modern and edgy accessories, such as star climber earrings, mismatched studs, and thin yellow gold bands on multiple fingers. One of her favorite looks that’s a great everyday basic is a pair of gold bar-shaped studs.
Meghan’s 18k gold pair is from Plaisirs de Birks and retails for $375, but if you’re looking for something much more budget-friendly, I found an amazing and crazy inexpensive duplicate at Nordstrom.
I happened to come across these BP. bar stud earrings when I was writing a post about oversized tassel earrings and couldn’t believe the $6 price tag, so I ordered them straight away. And yes, I said SIX DOLLARS!
You can’t tell these earrings cost less than I’d pay on a Starbucks run, and they don’t irritate my ears at all. I’ve been wanting a good basic gold stud earring for a while, but something a little different, and these fit the bill. They match with pretty much everything and are understated enough to leave in if you’re working out, etc. Such a great Mirror Meg!
On to rings: I have been admiring the set of gold band rings Meghan wears, specially the thin bands she wears on her knuckles and her thumb ring! I know it’s such a 90s vibe, but I miss wearing thumb rings back in the day and I feel like it’s the right time to bring them back. While some of her rings have price tags in the thousands, a few of Meghan’s rings are from Missoma and aren’t outrageously expensive (around £49-£65 each – you can see her pyramid ring and double arrow ring in the photo from Missoma below). It’s still not cheap if you want more than one of them though, especially with the exchange rate.
I must have done so much Googling for gold thumb rings lately that I started getting Instagram ads for a company called Blush and Bar. They bill their line as everyday fine jewelry for people who want to graduate from costume jewelry, but don’t have money to spend on expensive investment pieces. Their pieces are dainty and minimalistic, so definitely fitting in with the Meghan Markle aesthetic.
After I browsed through their site I saw an adjustable wraparound thumb ring that I loved, so I decided to try it. I ordered mine in 14k rose gold vermeil, but it comes in 14k yellow gold vermeil as well. For $32, it’s a really nice quality ring and I love that I can wear it on other fingers (and didn’t have to worry about figuring out what size my thumb was since it’s adjustable). It has a nice, subtle hammered detail and I’ve received several compliments while wearing it so far.
The one downside: Shipping took quite a while. I want to say it was about 2.5 weeks because the ring came from China, plus each piece is custom made. However, Blush and Bar states that they work with craftspeople who can guarantee ethical sources and they use conflict-free gems, so the company has a very Meghan-esque philosophy, if you will. I would definitely try another piece of jewelry from Blush and Bar, going into it knowing that if I want something for a specific occasion, I need to order early!
Also on the thumb ring topic, I found a set of five gold and silver stacking rings from Target’s A New Day brand by accident when my kid ran into the jewelry section. Ah, mom life. There was no size on them, not like I had time to look for a size anyway as my son was pulling “PRETTY NECKLACES!!” off the shelf, but I figured I’d be able to wear them as thumb rings and then I’d have multiple options. Unfortunately, that plan was thwarted since my fingers are too small (I’d say these rings are probably around a 7). The rings are just too big for me to wear individually, but luckily I can wear them on my index finger if I stack them all at once and add my Stella and Dot lightning bolt ring on top to hold them in place. I do like the mix of metal colors and textures, and for $9.99 you can’t beat the price.
Alas, the hunt for dainty rings continues. I just ordered a set of rose gold, silver, and yellow gold colored stainless steel stacking rings from Amazon and they come in sizes down to a 3, so hopefully these will work out – and they were super inexpensive! If you want to wear one higher up on your knuckle like Meghan, I think these would be perfect.
On a sidenote, I’m now on Pinterest at Royally Broke. Follow along for pins about the royals, stately homes, UK travel, and anything with a Union Jack!