With Monday’s announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement, Royal Wedding Fever has begun to sweep the world. We take a moment to highlight one of the most exciting things about momentous events like these: the ring!
Markle’s gorgeous three-stone ring features a large center diamond from Botswana, a country that has special significance to the happy couple. It is flanked by two smaller stones from pieces of Princess Diana’s personal collection. The diamonds are set in a simple band of yellow gold and was crafted by the official Court jeweler, Cleave and Company.
These aspects make the ring intensely personal – a growing trend in the engagement ring industry. Customization creates a more authentic symbol of the couple’s love for each other – what some might argue is the main purpose of an engagement ring.
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In an interview with BBC on Monday, Harry explained how much thought he put into the design of the ring, saying “the ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s (Markle’s) favorite and the main stone itself is sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”
Watch the adorable couple talk about the ring in the the video below:
Size May Be Deceiving
As for size, experts have estimated the center stone at anywhere from 2.5 carats to 5 carats. Estimating the size based only on photographs is difficult for many reasons. First, the base of the stone isn’t visible, so there’s no way to tell how deep it lies in the setting.
Then, there’s hand size.
So far, the dimensions of Meghan’s hands or fingers haven’t been publicized, so if she has a larger than average hand, the diamond could actually be bigger than it appears, and the opposite is true if she has tiny hands.
The diamond experts at Ritani believe that it’s a perfect 3 carat, cushion cut diamond. With those characteristics, the diamond could be valued at about $200k. However, the addition of diamonds once belonging to the late Princess Diana makes the ring priceless.
In fact, ownership by a member of a royal family automatically increases its value due to the inherent historical significance of a piece.
Other Royal Engagement Rings
Here’s a look at some other royal engagement rings from around the world.
Princess Diana and Princess Kate
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Perhaps one of the most iconic engagement rings in existence, this 12 carat oval Ceylon sapphire ring was picked out by Diana herself when Prince Charles presented her with 6 different options from Garrad’s jewelry collection. Valued in 1981 at around 28,000 pounds sterling, it was a surprising choice because it wasn’t custom-made and was actually available to anyone for purchase.
After Diana’s death, Prince Harry selected the ring as a memento from his mother’s possessions while William selected a gold Cartier watch. They eventually exchanged mementos so that Prince William was able to propose to Kate Middleton with the ring in 2010.
Queen Mathilde Of Belgium
In 1999, Prince Philippe proposed to Mathilde d’Udekem d’Acoz with an oval cut ruby ring in a diamond halo set on a thick band. With his ascension to the throne 14 years later, Philippe made Mathilde the first Belgian-born queen consort in the country’s history.
Princess Grace of Monaco
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Movie star Grace Kelly caught the eye of Prince Rainier of Monaco during a photoshoot at the Prince’s palace, and the rest was history. They corresponded for months until the prince visited the U.S. on an official tour. He visited Kelly and her family in Philadelphia where he proposed with an exquisite platinum Cartier ring that featured a 10.47 carat emerald cut diamond, flanked by two baguettes.
Crown Princess Marie-Chantal Miller of Greece
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Perhaps the most interesting shape found on a royal engagement rings belongs to the Crown Princess of Greece, Marie-Chantal Miller. The ring features a cabochon sapphire which belonged to the mother of the Crown Prince, Queen Anne-Marie. Prince Pavlos customized the ring by adding a heart-shaped diamond on one side, making the ring unique for his fiancee.
Queen Letizia of Spain
In 2002, Prince Felipe of Spain began dating Letizia Ortiz Rocasolano, an international journalist and anchorwoman. The entire relationship was kept secret until their engagement was announced in 2003. During the formal proposal ceremony, Felipe presented Letizia with a white gold ring set with 16 baguette diamonds.
When Felipe ascended the throne in 2014, Letizia became the queen of Spain.
Your Own Royal Ring
Looking for an engagement ring fit for a princess? Whether you seek a stunning sapphire ring inspired by Princess Di or a classic triple diamond ring like Meghan Markle now wears, we’re confident that you’ll feel like royalty when you wear Ritani.