Sophie Wessex engagement ring: Prince Edward’s hidden meaning unveiled by expert

Prince Edward and Sophie Wessex tied the knot in 1999, and ahead of their wedding day, The Queen’s son presented the Countess of Wessex with a beautiful engagement ring. spoke to jewellery expert, Nilesh Rakholia, Director at ABELINI Jewellery about the ring and the possible hidden meaning behind the jewels chosen. 

The Price announced his engagement to Sophie Rhys-Jones in January 1999. 

The ring he had chosen was made by British royal jeweller Garrard – the same jewellery house that crafted Princess Diana’s sapphire piece. 

Speaking about the Countess of Wessex ring, Nilesh explained: “After 22-years of marriage, Prince Edward and Princess Sophie still appear very happily in love. 

“Her stunning engagement ring, with a two-carat central oval diamond surrounded by two smaller heart shaped diamonds is a perfect symbol of this love.

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“Whilst oval rings are thought to represent individuality and creativity, a heart-cut diamond represents all things romance. 

“With the heart being the international symbol of love, the wearer of such a ring is likely to be an old romantic at heart – certainly true of a couple who are 22-years strong,” she added. 

The ring is reported to be worth somewhere in the region of £105,000. 

Sophie and Edward wen onto say “I do” in June the same year at St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. 

As a full-time working member of the Royal Family, The Countess of Wessex splits her time between her work in support of The Queen and visits to a large number of her own charities and organisations. 

The official Royal Family website explains: “She has a wide range of interests which include supporting people with disabilities, the prevention of blindness in developing countries, agriculture and fashion.” 

Much of her day-to-day working life is taken up with her roles as Patron of over 70 charities and organisations. 

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