Five famous royal engagement rings
TOP 5 Famous Engagement Rings
The most talked about engagement ring of the year is, of course, the diamond trilogy ring which Prince Harry gave to Meghan Markle — now the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Set in yellow gold, the two diamonds of about 0.75ct each on the sides came from a brooch belonging to Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, and the centre stone, a cushion-cut, internally flawless, white diamond, was ethically sourced from Botswana. The ring was set by royal jeweller Cleave and Company.
Seventy years ago, in 1947, Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now known as Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and sometimes as Phil the Greek, designed a classic three-carat, brilliant-cut diamond and platinum ring for Princess Elizabeth, now Queen Elizabeth II, with five smaller diamonds pavé-set on each side from a tiara which his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, later known as Princess Andrew of Greece and Denmark, had been given by Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia. The ring was set by London jeweller Philip Antrobus Ltd.
2010 / 1981
Prince William gave Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, the ring his father, Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, had given his mother, Diana Spencer, who chose it herself. The 12-carat blue sapphire is surrounded by 14 diamonds and set in white gold by royal jeweller Garrard & Co Ltd.
When Prince Albert of Monaco proposed to South African Olympic swimmer Charlene Wittstock in 2010, he gave her a three-carat pear-shaped diamond with brilliant-cut diamonds on either side set in grey gold by Italian jeweller Repossi.
Prince Albert’s father, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, gave film star Grace Kelly a ruby and diamond eternity band when he proposed in 1956, but later added a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum and flanked by two bezel-set diamond baguettes from Cartier.
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