23 January 2018

Royal Jewels of the Day: An Engagement Ring Update

In 2013, I ran a series of posts on royal engagement rings from multiple royal families. (You can check them out here.) I have received many requests to update those posts in the years since, and while continuous updates are not a goal I can achieve, we have accumulated enough to do a little update post. Let's add a few from brides of the past five years (and of the year to come!):

Princess Eugenie of York
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We'll start with the most recent addition to the collection, the stunning ring shown off by Princess Eugenie as she and Jack Brooksbank posed in the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace after announcing their engagement yesterday. (Her Erdem dress, by the way, is a repeat.) The couple are thought to have designed the ring together.
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Carrying on the British royal family's love of a colored stone ring, this one is a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds, on a gold band. Padparadscha sapphires have a pinky-orange color that varies by stone. Pink engagement rings are a bit of a trend in some circles, from pink stones to rose gold settings, and unusual stone choices are having a new moment in engagement rings, too. But nestling the stone in a ring of diamonds brings it back to one of the most classic ring designs (and understandably draws easy comparisons between Eugenie's ring and those of her mother, or of her aunt and cousin-in-law). I've seen reports place the value of this ring anywhere from £7,000 to £100,000, so - as is always the case - you have to take these figures with a grain mountain of salt.

Meghan Markle
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Meghan Markle's engagement ring from Prince Harry joins Queen Elizabeth II's and the Countess of Wessex's rings on the all-diamond side of the family. The ring is by Cleave and Company and Harry is said to have helped design it; it features a center diamond from Botswana with two diamonds on either side from the personal collection of Diana, Princess of Wales, on a gold band. This will look good with a plain Welsh gold wedding band, assuming Meghan is given one in accordance with family tradition. More pictures are in our engagement post.

Princess Sofia of Sweden
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The main ladies of the Swedish royal family have a string of diamond engagement rings in classic settings. Prince Carl Philip added to the pile by proposing with a round diamond in a diamond halo on a split shank diamond band. Princess Sofia now wears it alongside her diamond wedding band.

Beatrice Borromeo
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There wasn't a here's the ring photoshoot when Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo got engaged, though it seems like this ring is the one: a pear-shaped stone with halo of diamonds on a diamond band. Early reports on their rumored engagement suggested that Pierre had proposed with a pink diamond ring; in some photos, the pear stone looks like it might have some color to it, but it's hard to tell. (Beatrice does have a pair of magnificent morganite earrings reportedly from Princess Caroline, so she is not without her pink stones.)

Ekaterina Malysheva
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I don't recall a presentation of the ring when Prince Ernst August of Hanover got engaged to Ekaterina Malysheva, either, so this might be a bit of guesswork as well. This ring with a central sapphire on a thick and detailed diamond band seems to be the one; the bride wore it during the wedding festivities. Sapphires once again prove to be one of the most popular royal engagement rings.