The story behind Duchess Sophie’s black pearl earrings

Sophie, the Duchess of Edinburgh, has often snapped up a unique pair of pearl earrings that feature both black and cream pearls. But do you know the sweet story behind this unique pair of earrings?


In 1999, Sophie Rhys-Jones (as she was then known) married the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward. The wedding took place at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle and the bride looked stunning in a silk organza Samantha Shaw wedding dress, a tiara and a long flowing veil.

However, the piece that really caught the attention of fans was Sophie’s unique crucifix necklace which was made from black and white pearls. This showstopping piece matched the Duchess’ white and black pearl drop earrings that were visible through her pinned-back blonde hair.

Duchess Sophie

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Wearing pearls at a wedding is common for many brides, but the shape of the necklace and the inclusion of black pearls is truly a unique look. However, there is a rather adorable story behind this pearl set.

It has been reported that the Prince worked with jewelers to create this necklace and earrings for his future wife. Prince Edward even worked with Asprey and Garrard, the same brand that made Sophie’s engagement ring, adding yet another level of significance to these unique pieces.

Duchess Sophie

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Jewelery expert Zack Stone told Express (opens in new tab)“The unsung hero of style, Sophie Wessex stunned on her wedding day and we couldn’t take our eyes off her necklace and earrings. The expert explained why these pearls were so significant for the Duchess to wear at her nuptials.”

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