The Queen has plenty of jewels at her disposal but there's one piece of jewelry that she rarely takes off: Her three-carat round diamond engagement ring.
What's more beautiful than the ring itself, however, is the story behind it. The diamonds—a three-carat center stone flanked by ten smaller pave diamonds—were originally part of a tiara owned by Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg.
In 1946, knowing that her son was planning to propose, Philip's mother gifted him the tiara she was given on her wedding day so it could be dismantled and used to create a ring fit for a Queen.
The Prince worked with London jeweler Philip Antrobus Ltd. to design it himself, and even went one step further: He selected additional stones from the tiara and turned them into a wide diamond bracelet for the Queen, which he gave to her as a wedding gift.
Princess Alice of Battenberg
The diamonds themselves actually date back to the very end of Romanov dynasty. His mother had been given the tiara on her wedding day by Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexandra of Russia, the last reigning couple of the Russian Empire. Now, pieces of it lie on the ring finger of the British monarch—both wedding gifts, both acts of love.
We know diamonds last forever but it seems they may help marriages last forever, too.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.