Featuring a central sapphire rather than a diamond, Diana’s choice was unusual for an engagement ring and tongues wagged over the fact anyone could purchase the ring from the jeweller’s catalogue, albeit for a high price.
But it is thought Diana picked the gem due to its similarities to her mother’s engagement ring, and how it complemented her blue eyes.
Adorned by a halo of diamonds, Diana’s ring is one of the most recognisable engagement rings in the world, and royal fans were delighted when it reemerged on Kate Middleton’s finger in 2010.
Kate Middleton had Princess Diana’s ‘heirloom’ engagement ring altered – pictures
Kate Middleton’s engagement ring features a 12-carat oval sapphire at its core
Jewellery experts estimate that Kate’s stunning ring could be worth between £300,000 to £400,000 due to its association with the late Princess Diana and the Royal Family.
Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks, said: “Rather than a traditional diamond at its centre, Kate’s iconic engagement ring holds a stunning 12-carat oval blue sapphire, which is surrounded by fourteen smaller solitaire diamonds.
“The sapphire and diamonds are set in a slim 18-carat white gold band, which accentuates the central piece and draws the eye into the precious stones.
“A family heirloom, Kate’s ring once belonged to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, and has incredible sentimental value to the Prince.”
The sapphire in Kate Middleton’s ring is surrounded by a halo of diamonds
Kate Middleton had her engagement ring altered so it would fit her better
But Kate later instructed a jeweller to add platinum beads to the inside of the band as the ring was slightly too large for her ring finger.
The addition of the beads means the ring now sits snugly and there is less risk of it being lost, with no aesthetic changes made to the ring itself.
Kate now wears the stunning ring alongside her traditional Welsh gold wedding band that she received in 2011.
Kate Middleton wears her engagement ring alongside her wedding and eternity bands
Princess Diana famously adored her sapphire engagement ring
Princess Diana had the ring altered to include extra prongs, to secure the sapphire stone
Kate rarely takes her engagement ring off, but she has been pictured without it while attending sporting engagements or hospitals for hygiene reasons.
She also sports a third band which is adorned with several small diamonds, and the ring was spotted sometime after the birth of Kate and William’s first child, Prince George.
Many royal fans interpreted the eternity ring to be a sweet gift from William to Kate to mark their parenthood debut.
Kate isn’t the only royal to have altered their engagement ring in recent years. Meghan Markle’s engagement ring from Prince Harry originally featured a central diamond from Botswana flanked by two smaller stones from the late Diana’s collection.
The stones were set on a plain yellow gold band, but Meghan was spotted some time after her marriage sporting an upgraded diamond band.
The scalloped diamond edges of the ring add a touch of extra glamour to the stunning ring, and Meghan wears it alongside her Welsh gold wedding ring.
Source: EXPRESS CO UK