As rumors of an engagement reach fever pitch, all eyes are on the fourth finger of Meghan Markle's left hand. But what ring will Prince Harry use to propose?
He certainly could go to Garrard, the royal jeweler of choice, but we're willing to bet he chooses a family ring. Here are five possibilities we think are fit for a (future) princess:
THE QUEEN'S SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND RING
The Queen wore a whole suite of sapphire jewels, including the ring, to a party at The Ritz in 2002.
Generally speaking, royals tend toward colored engagement rings more often than the average bride and groom. If Prince Harry were to want to follow in his brother William's footsteps, he could give Meghan the Queen's sapphire-and-diamond ring. Similar to the engagement ring worn by Harry's mother, Princess Diana, which was later given to Duchess Kate, the piece features a vibrant blue, oval-shaped stone in the center, surrounded by diamonds. Unlike some of the other jewelry on this list, the Queen does wear this ring on occasion, but she'd surely make the sacrifice for Prince Harry.
THE QUEEN MOTHER'S ENGAGEMENT RING
Should Harry want to propose with a sapphire ring that doesn't look exactly like his sister-in-law's, the Queen Mother's first engagement ring might be
In the 1950s, she reportedly stopped wearing this ring (her reasoning is unknown), opting instead for one with a large pearl surrounded by diamonds. That could be an option to mark Prince Harry's engagement as well.
PRINCESS DIANA'S AQUAMARINE RING
Diana's emerald-cut aquamarine ring doesn't have quite the family history of some of the other jewelry on this list, but the light blue emerald-cut stone would look stunning on Meghan's hand.
THE ART DECO EMERALD CHOKER
Diana wearing the art deco choker as a headband in 1985.
On the chance that Prince Harry can't find the perfect ring in the royal collections, he might craft his own design using existing gems. If Meghan favors a green stone, he could create her ring from his family's Art Deco Emerald Choker, which was made by Queen Mary to showcase the famed Cambridge emeralds. The Queen inherited the necklace in
DIAMONDS FROM DIANA'S BROOCH
While all of the other rings on this list feature colored stones, there's a rumor going around that not only did Prince Harry propose to Meghan during their romantic trip to Africa, but he did so with a diamond ring crafted out of stones from one of his mother's brooches. Hopefully, we'll find out for certain soon!
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.