Kim Kardashian's 'Maang Tikka', Meghan Markle's Tiara: Precious Stones That Sparked Controversy
The Gem Of Trouble
Entrepreneur Kim Kardashian (L) was criticised for wearing a 'maang tikka' to a church service. A look at other times that a piece of jewellery sparkled for different reason.
From The Queen's Collection
Meghan Markle has reportedly been given strict guidelines for which jewellery pieces she can borrow from the Queen’s collection. At the root of this tension, according to media reports, is the Duchess of Sussex’s insistence on borrowing a different tiara for her wedding to Prince Harry last year. In the end, she wore the Diamond Bandeau from the Queen’s private jewellery collection.
A Commoner's Ring
Princess Diana’s sapphire blue engagement ring is one of the most recognised pieces of jewellery in the world. Diana had picked out the ring herself from a selection by the crown jeweller. However, since it was not custom-made, the trinket drew criticism and was termed ‘commoner’s ring’. Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with the same ring in 2010.
Princess Michael of Kent
In 2017, Princess Michael of Kent attended a Christmas banquet at the Buckingham Palace wearing a blackamoor-style brooch that depicted an African figure. Meghan Markle, who is mixed-race, was also a guest at the lunch. Blackamoor, which depicts African people as exoticised figures, is considered offensive. Princess Michael had to issue an apology after she was called out by critics for being racist.
How Much For The 15-Carat Ring?
In 2005, The New York Times featured Donald and Melania Trump’s then-impending nuptials in a story. During the interview, Trump revealed that he received a hefty discount on the $1.5 million, 15-carat engagement ring from Graff Diamonds. True to Trump’s style, the percentage of discount and the weight of the ring fluctuated in subsequent interviews. In 2018, Laurence Graff, chairman of Graff Diamonds, said Trump’s claim was not true and the US President had paid full price for the rock.
A Necklace From The Past
The Tiffany Yellow Diamond was found 141 years ago and Lady Gaga became the third person to wear it. The singer and actress wore the show-stopping 128.54-carat diamond necklace at this year’s Oscars. It was last worn by Audrey Hepburn for a few still pictures in 1962. Since then, it has made public appearances in the windows of Tiffany & Co. in New York and at exhibitions around the world. With the necklace remastered and redesigned, internet buzzed with comparisons to Kate Hudson’s diamond necklace from How to Lose a Guy in 10 days.