Lorna Haddon, head of diamonds and jewellery at Beaverbrooks, spoke to Express.co.uk about regal engagement rings through the decades, including Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, Kate Middleton and even the Queen. Lorna has also suggested dupes for where you can buy an identical engagement ring for your significant other as this winter’s wedding season approaches.
Lorna said: “Vibrant coloured gemstones paired with diamonds are becoming increasingly popular for brides who are looking for a statement engagement ring and have been a key feature in royal proposals for many years.
“Eugenie’s engagement ring features a classic gold band set with a stunning padparadscha sapphire. The rare gem is nestled within 10 brilliant-cut diamonds and two pear cut diamonds to emphasise the central gem and create an eye-catching finish.
“The slim gold band accentuates the central piece and draws the eye straight to the gorgeous and unusual sapphire.
“Eugenie’s historic ring is estimated to be worth around the £100,000 mark, due to its rare padparadscha sapphire. Any brides-to-be looking to add a splash of vibrant colour to their engagement ring may wish to try this stunning 18ct Yellow Gold Ruby and Diamond Cluster Ring (£3,600)”.
Lorna commented “She may have dropped her royal duties, but her ring is definitely still fit for royalty! Meghan’s stunning engagement ring features a classic gold band set with three dazzling diamonds. The larger central diamond is nestled between two smaller brilliant-cut diamonds on the shoulders of the ring which emphasises the central piece and creates an eye-catching finish.
“Three-stone diamond rings are a popular choice as the ring sits perfectly with a traditional wedding band and eternity band, and shows off a brilliant-cut diamond to its full extent. The three stones are said to represent a couple’s past, present and future together – a romantic and meaningful gesture from the prince.
“Harry has followed in his brother’s footsteps and selected diamonds from his mother’s precious collection to create the truly intricate design – a tribute to Meghan’s unique individuality and style.
“Meghan’s ring is estimated to be worth between £120,000 and £150,000. For those looking to recreate this regal style, I’d opt for this 18ct Gold Diamond Three Stone Ring (£3,250).”
Lorna said: “Rather than a traditional diamond at its centre, Kate’s iconic engagement ring holds a stunning 12-carat oval blue sapphire, which is surrounded by 14 smaller solitaire diamonds. The sapphire and diamonds are set in a slim 18-carat white gold band, which accentuates the central piece and draws the eye into the precious stones.
“A family heirloom, Kate’s ring once belonged to Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana, and has incredible sentimental value to the prince.
“Kate’s historic ring is estimated to be worth around the £300,000 mark. This 18ct Gold Diamond and Sapphire Cluster Ring (£3,187) is the perfect way to mirror Kate’s iconic style.”
Lorna added: “Pippa’s ring is vintage-inspired with a stunning Asscher cut diamond at its centre, a traditional choice which is complemented beautifully by a halo of round brilliant cut diamonds.
“The platinum band is the perfect setting for showing off the breath-taking diamonds at their brilliant best.
“Pippa’s ring is estimated to be worth between £200,000 and £250,000. This Platinum Diamond Cluster Ring (£2,750) is a great way to recreate Pippa’s sparkling look.”
Finally, Lorna said: “Last, but most certainly not least, Queen Elizabeth’s stunning engagement ring is absolutely timeless.
“Designed by Prince Philip himself, one of his mother’s tiaras was the previous home of this large central brilliant-cut diamond, with stones pave-set into a triangular section of the ring, set in platinum.
“Her Majesty’s iconic ring is likely to be in the price bracket of around £200,000. For those who love detailing around the central diamond, I’d choose this 9ct White Gold Diamond Solitaire Ring (£807).”