In 1981, Lady Diana Spencer chose that same sapphire ring for her engagement to Prince Charles from a selection presented to her by the then Crown jewelers Garrard of Mayfair. The ring retailed at £28,500 but was an unusual choice for a member of the Royal Family, because it was such a common ring that anyone could publicly buy from the Garrard catalog.
The ring features a large 12.00 carat oval shaped Ceylon sapphire center and 14 round cut diamonds surrounding the sapphire in a diamond halo. The ring is elegantly crafted from 18K white gold. Diana’s choice of a blue sapphire sparked a real trend among sapphire and diamond engagement rings that are still popular today among celebrities such as Penelope Cruz!
When asked about why Prince William gave his mother’s ring to Kate, he said: “It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together…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.”
Talk about a truly romantic and sentimental prince charming! Congrats to the lovely couple!