April 25, 2011

Royal Rings: Because it’s all over the news this week

Posted in bride, engagement, jewelry, rings, rose diamonds tagged , , , , at 3:11 pm by rosediamonds

This week, the media frenzy over the royal wedding to take place this Friday grows ever larger.  Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, once owned by Princess Diana, is probably the most famous in the world.  With its oval blue sapphire surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds, the ring is a classic cocktail ring from the public Garrard catalogue.  It originally cost around $30,000.

Before the Princess of Wales’s death in the 1997 Paris car crash, the ring was valued at more than £250,000 because of its connection to the royals, and in particular Diana.  William, who eventually inherited the ring from his mother’s £21million estate, showed the family heirloom is priceless to him by choosing it for his fiancée.

‘It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together,’ he said. ‘It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.’  Awww!

The ring has been imitated and reproduced in everything from costume jewelry to the 18Kgold,natural sapphire, and diamonds.  Kate’s wedding band is to be made of Welsh gold and is traditionally very plain.  The ring is often worn behind a more ornate engagement ring the way Diana and the Duchess of York wore theirs.

In Europe, wearing white and yellow gold together is pretty common.  The engagement ring’s design looks like this will be uncomfortable, but I suppose it is a small price to pay to become royalty.

Sparkling sapphire: The ring was bought for £28,500 but was later valued at £250,000
Other royal engagement rings of note:
  • Prince Albert gave the former South African swimming champion a pear-shaped engagement ring of about 3 carats embellished with round diamond brilliants and set in a unique gray gold. Created by Parisian jeweler Maison Repossi, it’s a royal choice.

  • Upon the Swedish Crown Princess’ engagement to her longtime boyfriend (Daniel proposed on one knee in the grounds of Drottningholm Palace), the couple kept quiet about the ring. It was later revealed that it’s a classic engagement ring with a brilliant cut diamond of two to three carats, most likely purchased from the jeweler WA Bolin in Stockholm.

  • A ring of great historic value, Camilla’s heirloom engagement ring was left to Charles by his grandmother, Queen Elizabeth (a gift from her mother-in-law upon the birth of Queen Elizabeth II). An art deco design, the platinum ring is comprised of an emerald-cut diamond flanked by three diamond baguettes on both sides.
  • For the Duchess of York, Prince Andrew helped design an oval Burma ruby ring (to compliment her red hair) from Garrard Jewelers, surrounded by a cluster of 10 drop diamonds. It is set in 18-carat yellow gold, and has a white gold band.
  • Marie Cavallier’s engagement ring reflects her French heritage with the red, white & blue of the French flag.  Prince Joachim of Denmark is sentimental and quite possibly color blind.
(not a favorite)
I apologize about the weird spacing of the article…wordpress and I are having differences of opinions today.

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