We all are familiar with THAT ring, with its stunning deep-blue sapphire center stone, surrounded on all sides by glistening diamonds. We’ve seen it most recently on the left-hand of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. When proposing to Kate in 2010, William seemed to follow (or perhaps set?) a trend we’ve noticed in recent years. In eschewing the universally-favored diamond-only engagement ring for something a bit more sentimental, William gifted his beloved with a bit of history, as well as a symbol of their never-ending love and commitment.
Of course, we’d seen that ring before, on the hand of The Duke of Cambridge’s mother, Princess Diana, during her marriage to William’s father, Prince Charles. The world loves seeing this gorgeous ring again, conjuring fond memories of “The People’s Princess” and what she meant to so many of us.
Then came the ring Prince Harry chose for his fianceé, Meghan Markel when he proposed marriage in November of last year. This one is a more traditional setting, but also carries a sentimental significance in its origins. The large center diamond was sourced from Botswana, a place of great meaning for the couple. The two smaller diamonds, one on each side of the solitaire, are reportedly from his mother’s personal jewelry collection. What a sweet gesture. Do you think Harry is signaling that he believes Diana would have approved of his choice of mate?
And now we come to the newest Royal betrothal. Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, will marry Jack Brooksbank next Fall. Have you seen her ring? It's quite stunning in its own right! Again, the main stone is a gemstone, not a diamond. This time, we see a gorgeous pink sapphire, surrounded by diamonds - much in the style of the Duchess of Cambridge.
According to Gemologist Deborah Papas, from Prestige Pawnbrokers, via Sun Online, “It is a Padparadscha Sapphire surrounded by 10 brilliant cut diamonds and two pear-cut diamonds to give an edge to the standard classic cluster.” Many people have noticed the similarity to not only Princess Diana’s ring, but also to that of her own mother, Sarah Ferguson. I find this all so fascinating!
And although the resources of these young royal couples are far above that of most of us, the sentiment behind each of these rings is the same, worldwide. Whether the ring costs $500 or $500,000, the hope when it is given is that the union it represents will be blessed, fruitful, and long-lasting. At the same time, it sends a message to everyone that love is worth striving for, no matter who you are!
To learn a bit more about these gorgeous pieces of jewelry, and a bonus segment on the stunning, historical Royal Tiaras, watch the video, below!