The historical drama on Netflix, The Crown’s portrayal of Diana in the recent season was quite interesting, to say the least. Princess Diana’s life continues to captivate everyone throughout the world and has gotten many of us interested to learn more about her than ever before. In the episodes of The Crown, we witnessed how Princess Diana’s engagement ring caused a stir in the royal family. Princess Diana’s sapphire ring is no doubt the most beautiful and most famous engagement ring of all time but didn’t quite fit the bill with the royal family.
Princess Diana has always been the talk of the town and so has her infamous sapphire engagement ring. But ever wondered why Princess Diana’s sapphire engagement ring received a place in the history of engagement rings?
We’ll take you through the story behind Princess Diana and her beautiful ring!
Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring
The Marguerite ring, most commonly known as Princess Diana’s engagement ring, is one of the most stunning rings in the world. It features a blue Ceylon sapphire that weighs a whopping 12-carats. The blue sapphire is set in an 18 ct white gold and is surrounded by the most gorgeous fourteen diamonds around it.
Do you know how precious the royal ring is? The ring was valued at a jaw-dropping $60,000 (approximately) at that time. Currently, it is estimated to be more than $400,000.
Surprised? We are too!
History Of the Ring
Prince Charles, not only the most eligible bachelor at the time, was also the heir to the throne. The news of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer getting engaged was made official on 24th February 1981. Princess of Wales, Diana chose her own ring for the wedding.
We know she chose the magnificent sapphire ring, but what’s the reason behind it?
Diana reportedly chooses the sapphire ring because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring, while some claimed she chose it because of its large size.
The Big Controversy / The Royal Controversy
Princess Diana’s ring caused a stir in the royal family… but why?
Royal jewelry is meant to be unique, which means commoners do not have access to similar designs of the jewels. Princess Diana’s ring challenged the traditions that were followed in the royal family.
Garrard was the official crown jeweler of the United Kingdom. Diana chooses the sapphire ring from Garrard’s jewelry catalog rather than requesting a one-of-a-kind design, as was expected from her.
What was the big deal about this? It meant that ordinary people could have access to the same jewels as the royal family. While it may seem appropriate that the royal called “The People’s Princess” chose an engagement ring that was not exclusive to the royal family. The selection caused a royal controversy which made Princess Diana’s ring one of the most loved jewels.
The New Owner of the Sapphire Ring
After Princess Diana’s tragic demise, the royal blue ring was in the name of her younger son, Prince Harry. The elder son, Prince William, was dating the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton and so Prince Harry Gifted his mother’s ring to his elder brother to ask for the Duchess’s hand in marriage.
In 2010, when Prince Williams’s engagement was made official, he commented on the ring by saying “It’s very special, as Kate is very special. This was my way of making sure that my mother didn’t miss out on today.” We think Princess Diana must have showered her blessings on Prince William and his bride that day.
The interesting story of Princess Diana’s ring truly makes her the “people’s queen” that she always wanted to be. We have always wanted to feel like a queen and Princess Diana made it possible, even in the smallest of ways, don’t you think? You can always get yourself Princess Diana’s ring and feel like royalty!