Lady Diana Spencer enchanted the world with her innocence and beauty and when the world found out that she was to become the Princess of Wales, people everywhere were dancing in the streets. Fashion gurus strained to see the engagement ring, which, as you would expect, is absolutely stunning and we have a detailed description of this stunning sapphire engagement ring.
Oval Sapphire & Solitaire Diamonds
The central stone is a stunning 12-carat blue oval sapphire stone with 14 solitaire diamonds in a halo setting. Lady Diana did something that was unheard of at that time; she did not have the ring commissioned, rather she chose the ring from the exclusive jeweller Garrard’s catalogue. At the time of purchase, the ring was valued at £37,500 and after her untimely death in a car accident, the ring became the property of her eldest son, William.
The sapphire ring was originally commissioned based on a beautiful brooch that Prince Albert had made for Queen Victoria, which had a large central sapphire surrounded by 12 solitaire diamonds. After Queen Victoria’s death, the brooch was left to the Crown and Queen Elizabeth II loved to wear the brooch during her long reign.
Prince William & Kate Middleton
Prince William presented his mother’s engagement ring to Kate Middleton when he went down on one knee while on holiday in Africa, and she graciously accepted; the rest is history. It is believed that Kate wears the ring all the time and who could blame her? We would imagine that the ring would be insured for at least £350,000, which is what the ring is currently valued at.
Bespoke Diamond Engagement Ring Solutions
While you might not be able to afford a 12- carat sapphire, you can commission a sapphire engagement ring by a leading custom jeweller. Simply set your budget and let the craftsman work his magic and create the ultimate sapphire & diamond engagement ring.
If you prefer a 19th century diamond solitaire or perhaps a genuine Art Deco sapphire and diamond engagement ring, the antique dealer has a superb collection of antique jewellery, all guaranteed genuine with full history. What girl wouldn’t love such an engagement ring, especially a sapphire-diamond combination? Get in touch with a leading antique dealer. Have a look at Kalmar Antiques selection of antique engagement rings for sale and look for something as exquisite as that of Lady Diana’s ring. They can show you a collection of sapphire engagement rings from various eras and styles. You are sure to come across a ring that you love and resizing can be done by a specialist, should the ring not fit.
The classic sapphire-diamond engagement ring that sits on Kate’s finger has a long and colourful history and the Ceylon blue sapphire is an extremely rare stone. Its value has risen 10-fold since the ring was first seen on Lady Diana’s hand. You can find a similar design on the antique dealer’s website and make your engagement special.