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Why Princess Diana’s engagement ring caused upset with the Royals

Why Princess Diana’s engagement ring caused upset with the Royals

Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which featured a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire, was not popular among the Royals after Prince Charles asked for her hand in marriage, despite now becoming one of the most famous pieces of jewellery in history. As reported in Vogue, despite the ring boasting a white gold band and 14 solitaire diamonds, the crown jeweller Garrard featured the piece in its catalogue, which meant that anyone could have bought the £47,000 ring and in turn, was a problem with the Royal Family. Garrard was inspired by the sapphire and diamond cluster brooch that was made for Prince Albert in 1840, which he went on to gift Queen Victoria as a wedding present and she wore it as her ‘something blue’. Prince Charles and Diana Spencer at Buckingham Palace after announcing their engagement.

Since then, The Queen has worn the very same brooch at a number of public events. It was also reported that Diana picked out the jewel herself, while others claim that she chose it because it was the biggest and reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. Princess Diana loved her engagement ring so much that she continued to wear it after her divorce from Prince Charles in 1996 and it was made into a bracelet. She then started wearing an emerald-cut aquamarine ring in its place, the same one that Meghan Markle wore with her second wedding dress.

Princess Diana loved her engagement ring and continued to wear it after her divorce. Princess Diana’s jewellery collection Grant Mobley, a gemologist and Director at Pluczenik and one of the world’s leading diamantaires, said: ‘A beautiful ring that Princess Diana was seen wearing on her ring finger after her divorce from Prince Charles was an emerald cut, aquamarine and diamond ring. He continued: ‘The Princess was very fond of a pearl and diamond bracelet featuring a large emerald cut aquamarine that she was given in her early years as a princess and, after her divorce, she commissioned this matching ring to be made. ‘Diana’s taste in jewellery was impeccable and the fact that she commissioned this ring to be made is a clear testament to her taste.  Meghan Markle seen here wearing Princess Diana’s aquamarine ring to her wedding reception ‘She always chose diamond jewellery that was meaningful to her – she was very intentional with her jewellery choices and made sure they were the best representation of those meaningful moments,’ he said. The aquamarine ring is thought to be around £75,000 because of the size, colour and quality of the centre diamond and a diamond from one of her rings was also used to make Meghan Markle’s engagement ring. Meghan Markle’s engagement ring Despite including a stone from Botswana and two diamonds from Princess Diana’s personal collection, Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was compared to one available from Argos for just £33. The ring was made by Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists for Her Majesty. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle during an official photocall to announce their engagement Sarah Filippardos, head jewellery buyer at Argos, told: ‘Prince Harry’s choice of a diamond trilogy ring for Meghan is beautiful. For anyone inspired by Harry’s act of romance who isn’t able to pop to Botswana for a diamond, Argos has a fantastic range of similar trilogy engagement rings with prices starting from as little as £32.99.’

However, estimated that it cost £199,475 and the stone is likely to be a D in colour (the clearest). Meghan also paid tribute to her late mother-in-law on her wedding day and wore Diana’s engagement ring to her wedding reception. Meghan Markle’s ring includes a stone from Botswana and two from Princess Diana’s collection Kate Middleton’s engagement ring When Diana passed away in 1997, Prince William and Prince Harry inherited her jewellery collection, which included her engagement ring, according to Good Housekeeping.  The late Princess wrote: ‘I would like you to allocate all my jewellery to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewellery to your discretion.’ Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother, Princess Diana’s engagement ring

There are rumours that while Harry originally picked out the iconic sapphire gem, after he saw William’s love for Kate Middleton, the Prince exchanged the engagement ring for his mother’s Cartier watch, so that the Duke of Cambridge could propose to this Duchess. Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is shown as she holds the arm of her fiance Prince William Prince William reportedly had the ring with him for three weeks while they were on holiday in Mount Kenya in 2010 and when he announced the engagement, he said: ‘It’s my mother’s engagement ring, and it’s very special to me, as Kate is very special to me now as well. ‘It was only right the two were put together. It was my way of making sure mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement,’ the Duke said, as reported in Marie Claire.

After making a few alterations, Kate’s ring became one of the world’s most famous rings, now worth over $500,000 (£393,000). Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on The One Show, after they announced engagement The Royal engagement ring effect Princess Diana may have started a trend as now that replica engagement rings have been made available on the high street, shoppers have flocked to buy pieces similar to that of Meghan Markle’s or Princess Eugenie’s pink sapphire ring. Princess Eugenie wears a ring containing a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds, that specialises in royal replicas, revealed that Meghan’s yellow gold ring is now the top seller while sales of other Hollywood styles have decreased by 50 per cent. Kate and Pippa Middleton’s rings were also popular on the website.


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Emma Jones
Emma Jones is an entertainment journalist for UKCelebrityNews and other magazines. The author or coauthor of ten books, Emma has sold several million copies since 2006. She worked for eleven years as a writer and editor at the national news biweekly WORLD magazine.