When the term “royal jewels” comes up, it usually refers to the royal family’s vast collection of tiaras.
Although there is no doubt that these pieces are impressive, we are currently more interested to know more about their engagement rings.
The Queen’s three-carat diamond ring was made with diamonds from a tiara owned by Prince Philip’s mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. It features a brilliant-cut solitaire diamond with five pavé diamonds on each side.
Prince Charles asked Diana to pick from a selection from Garrard Jewelers. She chose a 12-carat oval sapphire ring surrounded by 14 diamonds, perhaps the most iconic royal engagement ring today.
Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
When Prince Charles proposed to Camilla Parker Bowles, he gave her an Art Deco ring that once belonged to the Queen Mother. It is also considered one of the larger engagement rings in the British royal family.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his mother’s engagement ring. Even sweeter is the fact that Prince Harry, having inherited the sapphire ring upon Princess Diana’s death, gave the ring to his brother to propose with.
Designed by Prince Harry with the help of jeweler Cleave and Company, the yellow gold ring features a diamond from Botswana and two others from Princess Diana’s collection.
The ruby-and-diamond ring was designed by her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones, to resemble a rose, which is the Princess’s middle name.
The only daughter of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Princess Anne received two sapphire engagement rings: a classic ring with two diamonds from Mark Phillips, and one with a cabochon stone with three diamonds on either side from Timothy Laurence.
Sarah, Duchess of York
The Garrard ruby ring from Prince Andrew started the ruby engagement ring trend in England. It is also believed that he chose the deep red stone to match Sarah Ferguson’s red hair.
Sophie, Countess of Wessex
Prince Edward proposed with a two-carat oval diamond flanked by two smaller heart-shaped stones. The ring also came from Garrard Jewelers, the British royal family’s go-to jeweler.
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
Edward VIII, who abdicated the throne to marry Wallis Simpson, gave her an emerald engagement ring with the inscription, “We are ours now 27 X 36,” where the numbers represent October 27, 1936, the day he proposed to her.