It’s official, 2018 is going to be the year of the Royal wedding. Actually, make that Royal weddings. First, Prince Harry and his fiancée, former Suits actor, Meghan Markle, announced they will tie the knot at St George’s Chapel in Windsor in May. Now, Princess Eugenie, daughter of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, has caused a royal stir of her own, announcing that she will marry her long-time boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, later in the year at the same venue. The question on everyone’s lips now, of course, is ‘who’s ring has the most bling’?
Meghan Markle – Three-stone Diamond Engagement Ring
When the first photos of Meghan Markle’s stunning three-stone diamond engagement ring appeared online, the already-popular style instantly became one of the hottest jewellery trends of 2018. Reportedly designed by Prince Harry himself, the ring features two round diamonds supporting what looks like a cushion cut diamond, which is approximately 3.00 – 4.00 carats.
The two smaller diamonds come from his late mother’s personal jewellery collection and are estimated at about 0.75cts each, while the large central diamond is said to be a new purchase from Botswana, an African country very close to the Prince’s heart. The diamonds are set in white gold, whilst the main band is yellow gold, apparently Ms. Markle’s favourite precious metal.
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Princess Eugenie – Pink Padparadsha Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring
In what may be an indicator of things to come, Princess Eugenie’s stunning engagement ring makes it very clear that she has no intention of being outshone by her Royal cousin and his movie-star bride-to-be. The design of her ring is somewhat more traditional, not unlike that of the Duchess of Cambridge (see below), and features an absolutely gorgeous pink padparadsha sapphire, framed by ten brilliant cut diamonds and two pear cut diamonds.
Considered quite rare, Padparascha sapphires have a striking salmon colour and are mainly found in Sri Lanka, as well as Madagascar and Tanzania. Apparently, Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank designed the ring together and it has already drawn comparisons to the ruby engagement ring her dad, Prince Andrew, proposed to Sarah Ferguson with in 1986.
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Bonus: Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge – Blue Sapphire Diamond Engagement Ring
It seems hard to believe but it has already been almost eight years since Clarence House officially announced that Prince William and his girlfriend, Catherine Middleton, were engaged. Unlike his younger brother, Prince William didn’t design the ring himself, but instead chose to give his future bride his dear late mother’s engagement ring, which Lady Diana had returned to Prince Charles following their divorce.
An exquisite piece of jewellery, the ring consists of a 12-carat oval blue sapphire, cut into facets, and surrounded by fourteen solitaire diamonds, set in 18k white gold. Ironically, when Lady Diana chose the ring – Prince Charles did not propose with a ring in hand but instead had a selection presented to her – she received sharp criticism for not having one custom made and for choosing the “commoner’s sapphire”.
Subsequently, of course, as Lady Di established herself as a style icon, the humble sapphire quickly became highly sought after. Not surprisingly, this trend instantly remerged, even stronger than before, when the Duchess of Cambridge debuted her new blue sapphire diamond engagement ring, paired with that now iconic sapphire-blue silk jersey dress from London designer Issa.
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Everyone’s a Winner
As you can see, when it comes to the battle of the Royal diamond engagement rings, there is no clear winner and in fact, everyone’s a winner. Each ring is exceptionally beautiful in its own unique way and perfectly suited to the hand it adorns. We can say one thing for sure, though; no matter what your tastes or preference, a thoughtfully chosen (or custom-designed) diamond engagement ring is the ultimate gift that will she will enjoy wearing each and every day.
Here at Berry’s we have a wide selection of diamond engagement rings for you to choose from and we are also delighted to offer you a bespoke jewellery service, with two fantastic jewellery designers in our Leeds-based jewellery workshop. Whatever your dream engagement ring looks like, you can be sure our expert and friendly staff we’ll do everything they can to help you make it a reality.