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What will Pippa Middleton's wedding ring look like?

The Telegraph logo The Telegraph 17/05/2017 By Sarah Royce-Greensill

Pippa Middleton © Press Association Pippa Middleton As Pippa Middleton ’s big day approaches - she is due to marry hedge fund manager James Matthews at her parents’ Berkshire estate this Saturday - speculation is rife about who’ll design her wedding dress ; what the Duchess of Cambridge will wear and whether Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will upstage the whole lot of them. But what about the wedding ring?

As many couples will attest, often so much attention is paid to the engagement ring that the wedding band itself can feel like an afterthought. And Pippa’s engagement ring is certainly something to be reckoned with - an art deco-style design with a halo of diamonds surrounding an estimated 3.5-carat asscher-cut stone, estimated to be worth up to £200,000.

Pippa Middleton's engagement ring © ZED JAMESON / FAMEFLYNET.UK.COM Pippa Middleton's engagement ring With such a statement engagement ring, she may choose to play it safe and opt for a plain platinum band, matching metals so as not to draw attention away from that spectacular rock. Unlike her sister, the Duchess of Cambridge, who sports mismatching metals on her third finger. While the Duchess’s engagement ring is the 18-carat white gold, sapphire and diamond Garrard piece that once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, her wedding ring is made entirely of Welsh Clogau gold, continuing a tradition that dates back to the bands exchanged between George VI and Elizabeth Bowes Lyon (the Queen Mother) in 1923. The Queen, Princess Margaret and Princess Diana all also exchanged vows using rings of Clogau gold after the Royal Family were given a deposit from the now-defunct Welsh mines.

The Duchess of Cambridge wears her sapphire and diamond engagement ring with a wedding band made of Welsh gold © RUPERT HARTLEY/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK The Duchess of Cambridge wears her sapphire and diamond engagement ring with a wedding band made of Welsh gold The Middleton-Matthews union of course is not a royal wedding, so there’s no protocol to dictate which band she should choose. Nevertheless, British jewellery designer Hattie Rickards recommends that she follows her sister’s lead by pairing her engagement ring with a plain band of yellow gold. “When the engagement ring is such an exquisite statement, I would leave that to do the talking,” says Rickards, adding that the bride should take into account the times when she might want to leave the rock at home.

“When looking for a wedding ring, you want to make sure it works well with the engagement ring but also looks good on its own. I would suggest going for a delicate, plain 18-carat yellow gold band to sit discreetly alongside the diamond ring. Despite the engagement ring being made out of platinum, I love to mix metals – I think that a yellow gold band would complement it perfectly.”

James Amos, director of British jewellery brand Boodles, agrees. “While it is nice to have a wedding ring that complements the engagement ring, don't worry if you choose a band that does not perfectly match,” he says. “They are two separate rings for two separate reasons and sometimes it is good to be able to see the distinction.”

With Middleton’s active lifestyle, it’s likely that she won’t want to wear her weighty diamond every day. The sporty socialite regularly takes part fitness challenges including triathlons, charity races and bike rides. For this reason, says Chelsea-based jeweller Cassandra Goad, less is more when it comes to a wedding ring.

“I always recommend a simple gold band – something classic and enduring,” she says. “From a practical perspective, it can be worn inconspicuously whether you are building sandcastles on the beach or taking part in a triathlon. I like to engrave the date of the wedding and maybe a short secret message for the bride-to-be.”

Middleton will also have had to consider how her wedding band will sit alongside an engagement ring with such a large central diamond. “I would recommend choosing a wedding band that is a similar width to that of the engagement ring as you want it to be noticed but not to dominate,” says James Amos. “A very large central stone may cause a gap between it and the band, in which case it’s worth considering a shaped band or one which interlocks with the stone.”

Such a band would have to be custom-made for an exact fit. Middleton hasn’t revealed who made her engagement ring but if she were to opt for a custom-made wedding band it’s likely she’d return to the same jeweller.

The Middleton family has previously commissioned pieces from British jeweller Robinson Pelham, such as the diamond drop earrings Pippa and Kate wore on the latter’s wedding day. Kate’s featured an acorn and an oak leaf, both part of the family’s coat of arms, while Pippa’s included pear-shaped diamonds hung from a floral motif.

The company has never commented publicly on whether or not it made Pippa’s engagement ring, but just last week it posted on Instagram a sketch of a large square diamond ring with a double-halo of diamonds that bears a striking resemblance to that worn by the bride-to-be.

If she doesn’t have a specially-designed wedding band, an “off-the-shelf” design could still work well. “Some people might sculpt the wedding ring around the shape of the engagement ring so that it has a wave to it, but I believe that a straight band which sits discreetly alongside works better, especially on the rare occasion the engagement ring isn’t worn,” says Hattie Rickards.

Middleton is clearly a fan of white diamonds, so a gem-set band might appeal. De Beers’ new DB Precious style features three rows of micropavé diamonds, covering every millimetre of the metal, which would certainly make a dazzling statement even when worn alone.

Coloured stones are becoming more popular in engagement and wedding rings too – so the bride may surprise us all by incorporating rubies, emeralds or sapphires into her band, adding a pop of colour to rival that of her sister’s blue sapphire beauty.

Having shelled out a fair sum on that engagement ring, not to mention the wedding itself – Matthews may think once the wedding bands are bought then his work is done in the jewellery stakes, at least for a while. Not so, says Boodles’ James Amos: “You also might want to think ahead (sorry chaps) and leave room for an eternity ring”.

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(Provided by Press Association)

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