The hidden meaning behind Meghan Markle’s new pinky ring
Meghan Markle is known for fighting for women's empowerment. As a vocal feminist, she's advocated for women's opportunities in education and gender equality and has done a lot of work for charity Smart Works, which actively helps women find employment. And the Duchess of Sussex's clear commitment to women's rights is reflected in the jewellery she wears too.
The Archewell co-founder was spotted wearing a diamond ring from Shiffon Co., which has a special meaning behind it. Called the 1972 Tennis Pinky Ring, the design in question honours the 50th anniversary of Title IX, the legislation that granted women the opportunity to play sports in schools and colleges four decades ago.
The brand's latest designs riffs off its signature Tennis Bracelet, shaped to a spiral silhouette that allows the intricate pavé diamonds to show from all angles.
In line with the brand's ethical ethos, 19.72 per cent of proceeds go to Shiffon Co.'s Women in Sports Investment fund, which supports female funded companies in the realm of sport, health and wellness.
New York-based Shilpa Yarlagadda, who founded the fine jewellery brand from her Harvard dorm room, in a bid to close the gender gap, particularly in entrepreneurship, spoke to People about Markle.
She said: "When Meghan wore our ring, it was just such an amazing moment. I've always been super inspired by her. I listened to her UN Women's speech when I was in high school."
Speaking admiringly of the duchess and former Suits star, she continued: "I watched Suits and I was a part of an organisation called One Young World — I was one of their ambassadors and she's a counsellor for them."
"Everything she does is with intention, thought and meaning behind the impact that she could have. I know that when she's wearing a piece of jewellery, there's a lot of intention behind it.
"We both care so much about empowering women and she's a fellow female founder with what she's built, too."
She referred to Markle as an inspirational figure that she never had growing up.
"We never saw that many female founders, that many female investors," she said. "The original pinky ring was designed to represent a pinky promise, to pay it forward, to support women."
Markle wore the brand's diamond rings to the Invictus Games in April and Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee celebrations last month, when she and Harry flew in from California.
It was their first official visit to the UK as a couple since they left for the US in March 2020, and they were joined by their children, Archie, three and one-year-old Lilibet.
Through its non-profit organisation, The Startup Girl Foundation, sustainability focused Shiffon donates half of its profits to fund female founders.
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