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The Royal Collection Shops Are Now Selling a Replica of Meghan Markle's Engagement Ring

Prince Harry designed it himself!
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In the weeks leading up to her wedding, Meghan Markle is giving royal watcher, a closer look at her diamond ring.

While visiting Reprezent Radio in Brixton alongside Markle and Prince Harry, photographer Dominic Lipinski snapped a picture of the bride-to-be's left hand, showcasing the stunning piece of jewelry.


She also showed it off in Birmingham:


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And while in Edinburgh:


Before the happy couple announced their plans to wed, predictions suggested that Harry might propose with the Queen Mother's engagement ring, or perhaps her massive diamond-and-pearl ring, but Harry opted instead to create a custom piece.


At the photo call in November, we caught our first glimpse of the ring, which was designed by Prince Harry and custom made by court jewelers Cleave and Company using one diamond sourced from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana's collection.

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Another view of the ring.

"The ring is obviously yellow gold because that's [Markle's] favorite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother's jewelry collection, to make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," Harry said during the couple's first sit-down interview with the BBC.

"It's incredible," Markle said of Harry's gesture. "Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mom, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us."

"It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], which sort of links where you come form and Botswana, which is important to us. It's perfect," she told the BBC.

We'd have to agree.

Markle’s ring is not only gorgeous, but it’s also incredibly valuable. “Ms. Markle’s stunning ring appears to be a 3 carat cushion cut diamond with two side diamonds flanking the center stone at approximately 0.5 ct to 0.75 ct each,” says Andrew Brown, President of WP Diamonds. These side diamonds belonged to Princess Diana, and the center stone seems to be among the best of its kind. “We would estimate the retail to be upwards of $50,000—but with royal provenance, a ring like this could sell from anywhere between $500,000 and $1 million.”

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Fortunately for those of us who don't have that kind of cash, the Royal Collection is now selling a piece of costume jewelry inspired by Markle's ring. Called the "Buckingham Palace Statement Ring," it retails for just £30.


This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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