Diamonds fit for a Princess! The stories behind Meghan and Kate’s stunning engagement rings

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Both Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton were gifted engagement rings inspired by Princess Diana – a special tribute to a legendary figure and mother-in-law they never had the chance to meet. The story that belongs to each ring, however, is special to each Duchess. Here are the details behind Kate and Meghan’s rings…

With its oval blue sapphire surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds, the ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton is among the most famous in the world.

With its oval blue sapphire surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds, the ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton is among the most famous in the world.

Lady Diana Spencer chose it for her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981 from a selection presented to her by then Crown Jeweler Garrard of Mayfair. It cost £28,500 ($40,296), but, unusually for a choice by a member of the Royal Family, it was not unique and any member of the public could buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue. While not everyone could afford to buy such a rock – the large central stone is a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire and the solitaire diamonds elegantly surrounding it are set in 18-carat white gold – Diana’s choice sparked a trend for similar-looking rings.

Lady Diana Spencer chose it for her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981 from a selection presented to her by then Crown Jeweler Garrard of Mayfair. It cost £28,500 ($40,296), but, unusually for a choice by a member of the Royal Family, it was not unique and any member of the public could buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue. While not everyone could afford to buy such a rock – the large central stone is a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire and the solitaire diamonds elegantly surrounding it are set in 18-carat white gold – Diana’s choice sparked a trend for similar-looking rings.

Sapphires were one of the late princess's favorite gemstones, and some commentators say she chose it because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring.

Sapphires were one of the late princess’s favorite gemstones, and some commentators say she chose it because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. 

Before the Princess of Wales’s death in the 1997 Paris car crash, the ring was valued at more than £250,000 ($353,000) because of its connection to the royals, and, in particular, Diana.

Before the Princess of Wales’s death in the 1997 Paris car crash, the ring was valued at more than £250,000 ($353,000) because of its connection to the royals, and, in particular, Diana. 

Speaking of the ring during his engagement announcement in 2010, William said: 'It’s very special to me. As Kate's very special to me now, it was right to put the two together.' He continued: '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.'

Speaking of the ring during his engagement announcement in 2010, William said: ‘It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together.’ He continued: ‘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.’

Meanwhile, Meghan's ring also has a link to Princess Diana, as it was designed from a piece of her jewelry. At the time of their engagement in November 2017, Prince Harry spoke about creating Meghan's engagement ring with the help of jewelers Cleave and Company.

Meanwhile, Meghan’s ring also has a link to Princess Diana, as it was designed from a piece of her jewelry. At the time of their engagement in November 2017, Prince Harry spoke about creating Meghan’s engagement ring with the help of jewelers Cleave and Company.

The custom design featured one diamond originally from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana's collection. 'The ring is obviously yellow gold because that's [Meghan's] favorite, and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds on either side are from my mother's jewelry collection, to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together,' The Duke of Sussex explained.

The custom design featured one diamond originally from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection. ‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favorite, and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds on either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,’ The Duke of Sussex explained.

Meghan called it 'incredible', explaining: 'Everything about Harry's thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana's stones], and, obviously, not being able to meet his mom, it's so important to me to know that she's a part of this with us... It's incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], which sort of links where you come from and Botswana, which is important to us. It's perfect.'

Meghan called it ‘incredible’, explaining: ‘Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones], and, obviously, not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us… It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], which sort of links where you come from and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.’ 

The Duchess of Sussex also wears her wedding band, which is in yellow gold to match Prince Harry's. However, in the past, experts speculated that Meghan had redesigned her ring, after she was spotted wearing it during official duty, before Megxit. Royal watchers at Town and Country noted that on those outings the Duchess wore a different band. Jewelry expert Arabel Lebrusan said the ring appears to have been changed, and suggested it was more American in style compared to the original engagement ring.

The Duchess of Sussex also wears her wedding band, which is in yellow gold to match Prince Harry’s. However, in the past, experts speculated that Meghan had redesigned her ring, after she was spotted wearing it during official duty, before Megxit. Royal watchers at Town and Country noted that on those outings the Duchess wore a different band. Jewelry expert Arabel Lebrusan said the ring appears to have been changed, and suggested it was more American in style compared to the original engagement ring.

Arabel, owner the ethical jewelry brand Lebrusan Studio, called the thinner band a popular trend at the moment, revealing: 'Many celebrities do this, as the central stone looks bigger in comparison, getting the wow factor... She now has little diamonds set down the sides of her engagement ring and the band also seems thinner than before.' She also revealed that the glittering band emphasized Meghan's diamonds, and added: 'The diamond setting on the band looks like micro-set, this means there is very little metal in between the stones, maximizing the sparkle of the tiny diamonds.'

Arabel, owner the ethical jewelry brand Lebrusan Studio, called the thinner band a popular trend at the moment, revealing: ‘Many celebrities do this, as the central stone looks bigger in comparison, getting the wow factor… She now has little diamonds set down the sides of her engagement ring and the band also seems thinner than before.’ She also revealed that the glittering band emphasized Meghan’s diamonds, and added: ‘The diamond setting on the band looks like micro-set, this means there is very little metal in between the stones, maximizing the sparkle of the tiny diamonds.’

Meghan has also been seen with a third diamond band, which many royal watchers speculated could have been an anniversary gift or a 'push present' given to the royal by her husband after Archie's birth in 2019.

Meghan has also been seen with a third diamond band, which many royal watchers speculated could have been an anniversary gift or a ‘push present’ given to the royal by her husband after Archie’s birth in 2019. 

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