This week at Hatton Jewels, ahead of the highly anticipated wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, we’re taking a look back at some of the stunning wedding rings and engagement rings of the Royal family from yesteryear.
Princess Eugenie Sapphire Engagement Ring
The most recent Royal engagement was that of Princess Eugenie to Jack Brooksbank. The unique gemstone in this ring is a Padparadscha sapphire. A Padparadscha is a very rare type of sapphire. Its colour is a glowing blend of pink and yellow sapphire, creating a sparkling peachy colour. The ring’s band is made of gold. Padparadscha sapphires are very rare and extremely expensive. Hatton Jewels estimate the ring’s value to be around £75K-£100K!
Queen Elizabeth II round cut Diamond Engagement Ring
Her Majesty’s breath-taking 3-carat diamond engagement ring created headlines in 1947, when Prince Phillip of Greece and Denmark proposed to her.
The ring showcases diamonds from Philip’s mother’s tiara, Princess Alice of Battenberg, as is customary in Royal Families.
Princess Margaret three stone Ruby Engagement Ring
Inspired by her middle name, Rose, Princess Margaret’s eye-catching engagement ring has romantic rubies surrounded by smaller classic diamonds. It was designed by her future husband, Anthony Armstrong-Jones, to look like a rose bud.
Not only are Rubies popular for their beauty and durability, making them an ideal gemstone for engagement rings. Their rich and vibrant colour is also synonymous with royalty and passion.
Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York
When Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah Ferguson in 1985, he chose a gorgeous Burmese ruby, allegedly to match her vibrant red hair.
The red ruby was surrounded by 10 sparkling diamonds in a floral style and set in stunning yellow gold. Rubies make a fitting gemstone for engagement rings, especially for someone who is looking for a colourful, less conventional stone.
Rubies, like sapphires, are also incredibly tough, almost as hard as diamonds. So their heirloom quality is well suited to engagement rings worn daily for a lifetime.
The biggest recent Royal announcement, in terms of media coverage and worldwide attention, took place in November 2017 when Prince Harry’s engagement to actress Meghan Markle was made public. According to Prince Harry, it took him six months to design Meghan’s ring.
It is a stunning diamond trilogy design that shows off a large centre stone with two smaller diamonds either side. The trilogy shape creates optimum sparkle, and represents the past, present and future.
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What do you think of these wedding rings? Is there someone you think we’ve missed? Or perhaps you would like to tell us about your very own engagement ring? Just let us know in the comments below. We love hearing from you!
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