To serve as inspiration to those future brides and boyfriends who are lost and have no idea what engagement ring to go for, I have decided to take a look at the sparklers adorning the fingers of the British royals. From Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring, which once belonged to Princess Diana, to Sophie Wessex’s two-carat oval diamond flanked by two heart-shaped gemstones. Take your pick!
Queen Elizabeth received a square-cut diamond engagement ring with diamond side stones set in platinum from Prince Philip. The diamonds all came from the groom’s mother’s tiara.
Queen Elizabeth’s sister Margaret received a ruby engagement ring that was designed by her future husband, photographer Antony Armstrong-Jones, it was created to look like a rosebud (a ruby surrounded by diamonds) to honor the princess’ middle name, Rose.
Prince William gave Kate his mother’s distinctive 18-carat blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring. It cost £28,000 when it was bought by Prince Charles in February 1981, but now it is apparently worth £85,000. William popped the question in the spartan Rutundu Log Cabins during their Kenyan holiday. According to Kate, it was VERY romantic!
When Prince Charles proposed to Diana, he still hadn’t bought a ring. Diana was given several rings to choose from Garrard Jewellers. She finally chose the sapphire engagement ring that now belongs to Kate. Her choice of jewellery caused a stir both in the royal family and the public because her ring wasn’t a unique piece and it was part of the jeweller’s catalogue, making it available to anyone.
The Countess of Wessex
Following in family tradition, Prince Edward also proposed with a ring from the British royal jeweller Garrard. He presented his girlfriend Sophie with a two carat oval diamond, flanked by two smaller heart-shaped gems. Set in 18 carat white gold, the jewel is worth an estimated £105,000.
Prince Andrew proposed to Sarah on March 19, 1986. The romantic prince proposed during a stay at Scotland’s Floors Castle, where apparently their first kiss took place – with a £25,000 Burmese ruby ring, chosen specifically to match Sarah’s red hair. The ring is very similar to Diana’s as it features a coloured gem and it’s also surrounded by diamonds.
For her marriage to Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne chose a sapphire and diamond engagement ring, again by Garrard Jewelers.
Autumn Kelly debuted the beautiful ring given to her by Princess Anne’s son Peter Phillips at an equestrian event in August 2007. All eyes were on the three stone white gold ring, featuring an oval shaped diamond at its centre. The ring is reportedly worth £80,000.
Rather than choosing a family heirloom, as William did, Mike Tindall decided to design his own ring for his royal bride-to-be. The beautiful piece of jewellery features a single solitaire diamond in the centre. It sits on tens of pave set diamonds on a split shank or band made of platinum.
The Duchess of Cornwall
Britain’s future king presented the Duchess of Cornwall with a unique art deco style ring featuring a huge square cut diamond flanked by three diamond baguettes. A family heirloom, it was reportedly given to the Queen Mother in 1926 on the occasion of the birth of her daughter, Queen Elizabeth.
Which one is your favourite? Would you want any of these rings for yourself?