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Princess Diana & Kate Middleton blue sapphire engagement ring

Princess Diana & Kate Middleton’s Royal Engagement Ring

16th February 2016 by Rebecca Smyth, posted in Lifestyle

Season 4 of The Crown has just been released on Netflix, this time covering the period between 1977 and 1990—a fascinating time for the Royal Family, in which we are introduced to the magnetic, glamorous Princess Diana. Emma Corrin plays the young princess, and captures the beauty and nuances of Diana perfectly. In this season, The Crown also features some fantastic jewellery moments—showing when the soon-to-be princess chose her engagement ring at Windsor castle and beautifully reproduces the magical jewellery she wore during all her royal engagements. The show even features the scandalous “Fred and Gladys” bracelet, a secret gift from Prince Charles (played by Josh O’Connor) to Camilla Parker-Bowles (played by Emerald Fenell) given to his lover three days before his royal wedding to Lady Diana!

 

 

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All in all, one piece of the royal family’s jewellery collection has truly stood the test of time—Princess Diana’s engagement ring. A family heirloom that now belongs to Kate Middleton, it might be the most famous engagement ring in history. In The Crown, Diana is presented with a selection of engagement rings from Garrard. She considers all of the rings, first picking a Burmese ruby heirloom, before settling on the 12 carat oval Ceylon blue sapphire ring. The Queen (played by Olivia Coleman) asks why she has chosen this ring, and she responds with “Because it reminds me of my mother’s engagement ring, and it’s the same colour as my eyes”.

Diana’s blue sapphire

The incredible sapphire ring was designed by Crown jeweller, Garrard, at a cost of £28,500; which would amount to about £110,000 today. The ring featured a 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by 14 round brilliant diamonds, set in an 18 carat white gold band. The iconic engagement ring was not specifically designed for Princess Diana, causing controversy at the time. People regarded the ring as a ‘commoners ring’ as technically anyone could have bought it, and it was tradition that each royal bride would have her engagement ring custom made.

 

 

Even though the ring was not designed for Diana, when it comes to jewellery that turns heads, the elegant sapphire engagement ring would certainly land somewhere at the top of the list. Princess Diana’s ring catapulted blue sapphires to the height of popularity, and the style that was once thought common has now become synonymous with elegance. To this day, sapphires are a popular choice for couples that want an engagement ring that makes a bold personal statement.

 

Kate Middleton’s engagement ring

Princess Diana continued to wear her engagement ring long after she separated from Prince Charles, it was one of her favourite accessories. In the wake of Diana’s tragic death in 1997, Prince Harry inherited the ring, choosing it as a keepsake to remember his mother by. According to Diana’s butler Paul Burrell, Harry chose the ring because of a particular memory: “I remember when I held mummy’s hand when I was a small boy and that ring always hurt me because it was so big.” Prince William chose his mother’s Cartier watch.

Prince Harry and Prince William engagement ring fact

Preceding Prince William’s engagement to Kate Middleton, the brothers decided to switch their keepsakes, so William could propose with his mother’s engagement ring. Prince Harry didn’t miss out, Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was created with two diamonds from Diana’s personal jewellery collection, and a center diamond from Botswana—a special place for the couple. When Prince William was asked why he chose his mother’s ring to propose with, he responded that “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.”

 

 

When Prince William and Kate Middleton became engaged in 2010, the royal engagement ring’s fame grew exponentially. Globally, the sale of blue sapphires went up around 300%. And Diana’s ring, already iconic, became priceless in meaning and value.

This famous sapphire engagement ring has garnered fans from all over the world who appreciate its striking colour and design. The style is bold, yet refined. It suited every single one of Princess Diana’s extraordinary outfits, and it perfectly reflects the definitive beauty and classic tailored looks of Kate Middleton.

Sapphire and diamond engagement rings

Whether you’ve considered a sapphire engagement ring previously or not, most people would quickly admit that Kate Middleton’s inherited engagement ring sets the standard for breath-taking engagement rings. And she’s far from alone—her royal cousin Princess Eugenie received a beautiful coral pink 3 carat padparadscha sapphire, almost identical in style to Kate’s ring. Penelope Cruz, Elizabeth Hurley and other women of discerning taste have all chosen the vivid sapphire for their engagement rings as well.

 

 

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Prized for their depth of colour, sapphires offer nearly endless possibilities for creating a truly unique ring specific to the tastes of each couple, in large part because of the variety of options. Sapphires are available in an array of colours including pink, violet, yellow, white, and more. This stunning diversity offers the creator of a bespoke sapphire engagement ring with many options for crafting an exclusive piece of jewellery.

We’ve crafted an array of sapphire engagement rings which you can view on our bespoke engagement ring gallery. However, many prefer the classic look of Kate Middleton’s royal engagement ring above all others. For those looking for the top prize in sapphire engagement rings, Taylor & Hart can give you the ring experience you’re looking for.

Recreating Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s engagement ring

If you would like a ring similar in style to the royal sapphire sparkler, below are three design options that may appeal to those who appreciate this lovely ring, all within a range of price points.

For those with a generous budget, the design below presents you with the ability to create your very own Kate Middleton ring with a 15mm sapphire. The sapphire alone costs around £180,000 and will certainly earn you more than a few admiring looks!

kate middleton engagement ring

The second option offers a smaller scale interpretation, presenting a setting of a 1-carat Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by diamonds. The cost for this ring falls in the region of £3,625 and still offers spectacular appeal.

kate middleton engagement ring

The third option is a modified version of the classic collection Allure engagement ring . The design incorporates elements of the original ring, using white diamonds for the halo and 0.73-carat blue sapphire in the centre and would cost around £2,050. The white diamonds are delicate and intricate, and make a lovely choice for those who appreciate the bold colour of sapphires but may prefer a more subtle ring without diamonds down the band.

kate middleton engagement ring

Each ring is a jewel unto itself and can be further customised to suit the tastes and desires of whoever will wear it.

So how do these ring designs compare?

Princess Diana & Kate Middleton inspired sapphire and platinum engagement rings

A white gold engagement ring with the exact dimensions of Kate Middleton’s 12-carat sapphire with diamond halo (left) would cost around £187,000.

The one carat sapphire bespoke engagement ring with diamond halo (middle) would retail in the region of £5,000 – £6,500.

The modified collection ring with 0.7-carat blue sapphire and smaller diamond halo (right) would retail from around £2,350, and would of course increase or decrease in price, depending on the sapphire carat weight.

 

Is a sapphire engagement ring right for me?

A sapphire engagement ring is a great choice for women who are fans of the Princess Diana engagement ring, but the appeal certainly doesn’t stop there.

As sapphire is the official birthstone of September, a sapphire engagement ring is a great choice for couples who plan to get engaged in September, for anyone born in September, or for whom September is a month with meaning for the couple.

A sapphire engagement ring also often appeals to women who enjoy wearing high fashion, bold colours, or who simply desire an engagement ring different from the traditional white diamond style.

If you are interested in any of the Princess Diana, Kate Middleton-inspired engagement ring designs, schedule a consultation with us or take a look at our unique ring gallery where there are plenty of designs to inspire you to get started on your own bespoke halo engagement ring!

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