A Ring to Remember: Royal Engagement Yields Unique Setting

Prince Henry of WalesPrince Harry & Meghan Markle Stun the World with Engagement Ring

If he wasn’t already a Prince, women the world over would be calling him one.

On November 28, Britain’s Prince Harry (photo by Suzanne Plunkett) and America’s Meghan Markle finally confirmed that they – like so many other couples this season — are engaged to be wed. In a surprising twist, they revealed that her ring was designed by none other than Prince Harry himself.

Engagement ring features diamonds that belonged to Princess Diana

The engagement ring is set in yellow gold and features three diamonds, all of which have special meaning for the royal couple. The central stone – square-cut with rounded corners — happens to be a diamond from Botswana, a country that Prince Harry has visited frequently in his life. In their engagement interview, they confirmed that Meghan spent several days with Harry there just a few weeks after they first met.

The other two brilliant-cut diamonds flanking that stone bear bittersweet memories: they come from the personal collection of the Prince’s late mother, Diana, Princess of Wales. The beautiful ring was commissioned according to Harry’s specifications and crafted by court jewelers Cleave and Company.

“It’s obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favorite,” said Harry in the interview, adding that the side diamonds “are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together.”

Markle praised her groom-to-be’s sentimentality and thoughtfulness. “Obviously not being able to meet his mom…it’s important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us. It’s incredibly special. And to be able to have this [ring] which links where [Harry] comes from and Botswana, which is important to us – it’s perfect.”

Diamond ring could be worth in excess of $1 million

Meghan Markle

Photo by Genevieve

The ring seems to fit perfectly. The couple also shared that Harry popped the question at home a few weeks ago over a roast chicken dinner, allowing plenty of time for it to be resized. For the photo session with the press, Markle matched it with a pair of yellow gold and opal stud earrings by Canadian jewelry brand Maison Birks.

The value of the ring is up for speculation, as the exact carat-size and color grade of the diamonds is unknown. Reports say the 12-carat sapphire ring surrounded by 14 smaller diamonds that belonged to Diana is estimated to cost around 30,000 pounds, but worth more than $1 million because of the royal connection.

Given that Markle’s ring is also a custom-made piece using Diana’s diamonds, experts suggest that it will likely be valued as much as the ring William gave Kate, if not more.

What is not up for dispute is that the ring – and the union – are priceless.

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Read more about the engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle:

  1. Town&Country, Here’s Your First Look at Meghan Markle’s Gorgeous Engagement Ring, http://www.townandcountrymag.com/society/tradition/a13090749/meghan-markle-engagement-ring/
  2. Metro UK, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle wedding date, venue and what the engagement ring looks like, http://metro.co.uk/2017/12/18/prince-harry-meghan-markle-wedding-date-venue-engagement-ring-looks-like-7169001/