Style The Engagement Ring Trend Nearly Every British Royal Is In Love With

01:57  29 january  2018
01:57  29 january  2018 Source:   harpersbazaar.com.au

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The Engagement Ring Trend Nearly Every British Royal Is In Love Have you noticed that Princess Eugenie's engagement ring bears a striking resemblance a few other royal rings ? We've investigated just why they look so similar.

Another royal wedding popped onto our already-teeming radar. Sidling up alongside Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's May nuptials is the recently-engaged Princess Eugenie of York and Jack Brooksbank, who are reportedly planning an October ceremony.

The Princess and her wine merchant fiancé announced their happy news on the 22nd with a formal proclamation from Buckingham Palace, followed by a photoshoot. And despite the fact that they gave a very sweet interview, and that the princess was in a chic Erdem shift, all eyes were on her gleaming sapphire ring.

The pink stone—a padparadscha, or a "lotus blossom," sapphire, is a pink-orange variant of the sapphire, mostly found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Tanzania—is bordered by a ring of round-cut diamonds. The floral-inspired ring is set on a curved yellow-gold band.

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"I found a ring in a jeweller's, and then proposed to Eugenie without it," Brooksbanks explained of his choice, noting he wanted the princess to "sign off" on it before committing fully.

Speaking to jeweller Matthew Ely on the make of the ring, he notes, "It's quite a romantic style. It's got a traditional feel to it."

"The floral style comes out because of the size of the diamonds—what a lot of people see as being a 'halo' uses much smaller diamonds, 1-mm diamonds or 1-point diamonds, whereas these are about 10 points per stone. This creates curves, which turn it into a more floral shape."

a close up of a persons hand: Princess Eugenie's padparadscha sapphire ring. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Princess Eugenie's padparadscha sapphire ring.

But the talk of the town wasn't just about how lovely the ring is (although, of course, it was), but also the striking resemblance it held to Princess Eugenie's mother, Sarah, Duchess of York's, engagement ring.

The Duchess' ring was given to her in 1986 by Prince Andrew, the Queen's second son, and featured an oval-cut Burmese ruby set within a halo of 10 pointed diamonds.

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The queen still wears this ring every day, paired with her Welsh gold wedding band. Afterward, ruby rings were in high demand. The Art Deco piece is one of the larger engagement rings in the main royal family and is often said to be one of the most valuable.

Meghan Markle's engagement ring was designed by Prince Harry and made by Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to the Queen. At its centre sits a diamond from Botswana, a country that holds special significance for the royal , who has visited many times since he was a child.

Legend has it that Prince Andrew had already purchased an emerald to give to Ms Ferguson, but she was insistent on receiving a ruby ("to match her hair"), and the ring was then designed by both the Prince and the bride-to-be with royal jeweller Garrard.

a close up of a mans face: Sarah, Duchess of York's, Burmese ruby ring. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Sarah, Duchess of York's, Burmese ruby ring.

Both Sarah, Duchess of York, and Princess Eugenie's coloured-stone-and-diamond-halo choices are following in a long-standing royal tradition. Looking over the assortment rings received by royal brides throughout the years reveals that that particular style is immensely popular.

The start of the trend could potentially be traced back to the enormous Colombian emerald Wallis Simpson received from the abdicated King Edward VIII. The 20-carat stone was bordered by a ring of white diamonds and was made by Cartier. The yellow-gold ring was engraved with the words, "We are ours now 27.X.36"—their initials and the date of their engagement.

Wallis Simpson's emerald ring. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Wallis Simpson's emerald ring.

Next came Princess Margaret, whose fiancé Antony Armstrong-Jones gave her a sweet ring described as "a ruby set like a rosebud with a diamond marguerite (daisy)," which he reportedly designed himself. The design was a nod to the Princess' name, Margaret Rose.

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a close up of an animal: Princess Margaret's engagement ring. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Princess Margaret's engagement ring.

That ring style was echoed in Lady Diana Spencer's choice. Newly-engaged to the Prince of Wales in 1981, Lady Diana chose the 12-carat Ceylon sapphire ring from a Garrard catalogue. It was valued at around 28,000 pounds sterling at the time (around $95,000 AUD in 2018).

According to the Daily Mail Lady Diana told jewellery historian Leslie Field she wasn't bothered about the size of it.

"She [Diana] had obviously already said she would like a sapphire; she had half a dozen rings [to select from] and she chose this one purely because she liked it."

"Somebody came up with the story that she immediately went for the biggest, but I asked her and she told me it definitely wasn't the biggest, she simply thought it was very beautiful."

a close up of a persons hand: Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing her sapphire engagement ring. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Diana, Princess of Wales, wearing her sapphire engagement ring.

Famously, the ring was then passed to Kate Middleton from Prince William, after which it was then cheekily referred to as the 'Commoner's Sapphire,' as both Diana and Kate came from outside the royal family.

And gemstones are certainly not out of place in the royal jewel vault. Royal engagement rings are almost overwhelmingly gemstone-based. Only a few of the rings in the family—namely Queen Elizabeth's, Duchess Camilla's and Meghan Markle's—are diamond-focused, whilst the others favour sapphires as the stone of choice.

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Ely notes that gemstone rings are complemented by the halo-style the royal family seems to prefer, specifying that the diamond-halo gives a gemstone weight and presence as a ring.

"Gems look better with diamonds around them or next to them, because it provides a contrast in colour that allows you to see it in a better light, rather than the gem being on its own," said Ely. "It also helps to lift the prestige of the gemstone—if you were to set that gemstone on a plain band with just some metal-working it wouldn't have the same sense of luxury."

The element of sentimentality that comes with Eugenie's choice is fairly apparent—her selection of both a coloured gemstone over a diamond, and the specific diamond-halo design effectively mirrors a long line of royal rings before her. And this tradition of keeping things within the family is something the royals specialise in.

a close up of a persons hand: Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing her mother-in-law's sapphire ring. © Provided by Bauer Media Pty Ltd Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, wearing her mother-in-law's sapphire ring.

Throughout their long, diamond-studded history the royals have been prone to reuse or repurpose jewellery for engagement rings rather than buy something new. Queen Elizabeth's ring was made using diamonds from Prince Philip's mother's tiara; whilst Duchess Camilla received a ring that belonged to the Queen Mother, a piece that was reportedly given to her to celebrate the birth of Princess Elizabeth, later Elizabeth II.

Similarly, both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle received rings with nods to their late mother-in-law, Diana, Princess of Wales. Kate received her engagement ring, whilst Meghan's is made of diamonds taken from her personal collection.

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Eugenie's choice to go with something very similar to her family's historical choices adds to the value of the ring, says Ely.

"It lifts the personality and the sentiment within the ring, and gives some history to the piece before it's even begun its life," he said. "Jewellery is such an emotional purchase, and there's not much more emotional than family ties to certain pieces. They're able to create a bond with the piece and it's very appropriate for the royals to emulate that, to stay as a tight-knit family."

We think it's safe to stay we can expect a lot more gemstones with diamond halos from royal brides in the years to come.

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