Engagement ring of Diana, Princess of Wales
Lady Diana Spencer and Charles, Prince of Wales, became engaged in February 1981. Her engagement ring consists of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. It was created by jeweler Garrard and cost at the time, 28,000 pounds sterling. Diana's selection of this ring for her engagement to the future King of the United Kingdom resulted in sensation involving curiosity like her decision to leave out a traditional wedding vow eventually would. It sets itself apart from the engagement rings of nearly the rest of the British Royal Family, including the engagement ring of Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, which consists of a ruby and diamonds that make up a rosebud design to honour her middle name, "Rose"; and the engagement ring of Birgitte, Duchess of Gloucester, a wide and intricate engagement ring set in coral and silver. It is neither custom-made nor unique and was, at the time of her engagement to Charles, featured in Garrard's jewellery collection to be readily accessible to the public. It is even negatively dubbed "Commoner's Sapphire" after Diana's eldest son, Prince William, gave it to his longtime girlfriend, Catherine Middleton, the future Duchess of Cambridge, as much as it is negatively viewed as a tragic symbol associated with Diana's failed marriage to the Prince of Wales and ultimate death in a car accident in Paris. Some commentators say Diana selected it because it reminds her of her mother's engagement ring. Leslie Field stated: "She (Diana) had obviously already said she would like a sapphire; she had half a dozen rings and she chose this one purely because she liked it." and "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."[better source needed]
After the divorce of Charles and Diana, the possession of the engagement ring came back to the Prince of Wales. It remained at Kensington Palace. After Diana's death occurred, Charles took the mourning Princes William and Harry to the palace to select mementos from their mother's possessions. Prince Harry selected the engagement ring, whereas Prince William selected Diana's £18,000 yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch. They eventually exchanged mementos. Prince William decided to give Middleton the engagement ring in October 2010. After the announcement of the engagement of the couple, the engagement ring has become popular selling copies of it.
Middleton eventually had the engagement ring resized. It was a size H ring. Prior to her wedding, she asked Crown Jewellers G Collins and Sons to attach two platinum studs to it to make it a size I ring.
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