There’s a hidden meaning behind Meghan Markle’s earrings from her latest public appearance

Devon Kelley
Assistant Beauty Editor

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Meghan Markle’s in the Hera earrings on October 15, 2019. (Credit: Getty)

The public hasn’t seen much of Meghan Markle in 2020 — and, as it turns out, for good reason. Amid announcements that she and Prince Harry are stepping down as “senior” members of the royal family in favor of a move to North America, Markle has been spotted only twice this year.

As the duchess wraps up her royal duties, her latest appearance honored women and girls everywhere.

Appearing at a talk for charity organization Justice for Girls, Markle wore a pair of gold and diamond studs that were more than just pretty and sparkly. The earrings are named after the Greek goddess Hera, who was the protector of women, presiding over marriages and births. Markle attended the event to celebrate the inspiring qualities of some of the country’s young people and the carers who work tirelessly to support them.

The 14-carat gold disc earrings are embellished with super sparkly pavé diamonds for a look that’s glam but sophisticated. She’s worn the Hera earrings twice before — once to the WellChild Awards in October, and just ten days later to a roundtable on gender equality. She’s certainly a fan!

Shop it: Emily Mortimer Hera Earrings, £595 (about $775),

Jewelry designer Emily Mortimer is a favorite of Meghan Markle. (Credit: Emily Mortimer)

“I’m really honored to see The Duchess of Sussex wearing a pair of my earrings for the fourth time, this time from the new Hera collection,” says designer Emily Mortimer. “I admire how much Meghan is empowering women through her work with various charities and am so pleased she has chosen to wear earrings from a collection that was designed to celebrate all women.” 

Shop it: Emily Mortimer Hera Earrings, £595 (about $775),

Want to try out the look for yourself? These five dupes bring the wow factor and add a sparkly touch to your lobes (all at a fraction of the price).

Nordstrom Pavé Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings

These earrings bring the bling (but under $100). (Photo: Nordstrom)

If you looked at Markle’s earrings and thought “cute, but not enough bling,” these pavé studs are perfect for you. The cubic zirconia brings the megawatt sparkle, plus the style is perfect for both everyday and special occasion wear.

Shop it: Nordstrom Pavé Cubic Zirconia Stud Earrings, $98,

Gorjana Chloe mini studs

These classic studs are perfectly feminine and minimal. (Photo: Gorjana)

Conversely, if you looked at her earrings and thought they were too sparkly for everyday, these tiny everyday studs make a great everyday staple. They look great in the second or third hole, too.

Shop it: Gorjana Chloe mini studs, $32,

Ettika Circle Stud Earrings

These definitely bring the "wow" factor. (Photo: Revolve)

These are definitely not your go-to everyday earrings. The sparkly cubic zirconia is sure to turn heads. Plus, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better pair of sparkling earrings at such a low price.

Shop it: Ettika Circle Stud Earrings, $39 (was $60),

Versace Medusa Bloom Stud Earrings

These are a more glam take on Markle's simple studs. (Photo: Nordstrom)

These might not necessarily be budget-friendly (they are Versace, after all) but they certainly make a statement. Whether it’s the floral motif, the Medusa head emblazoned into the goldtone plate, or the glimmering crystal embellishments, these earrings will be a beloved accessory for years to come.

Shop it: Versace Medusa Bloom Stud Earrings, $325,

Monica Vinader Linear Solo Diamond Stud Earrings

These breathtaking studs are somehow both delicate and statement-making. (Photo: Nordstrom)

If you’re looking for another brand at a slightly friendlier price point that also boasts a royal connection, look no further. Kate Middleton is a Monica Vinader devotee, and these sparkly studs are a perfect example why: Her designs are classic, modern, and effortlessly beautiful.

Shop it: Linear Solo Diamond Stud Earrings, $195,

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