Engagement rings are the talk of the moment since this year we will see two royal weddings in the U.K. The Queen’s grandson, Prince Harry, son of Princess Diana, will marry American actress Meghan Markle. Princess Eugenie, daughter of Sarah and Prince Andrew, will marry later this year her long-time boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.
So it’s only natural that all eyes are on their engagement rings!
But some say the cavemen already wore rings made of grass to claim their mates!
In 1886 Tiffany came up with the famous Solitaire engagement ring, which consists of a single -and usually round- sparkling diamond set on a delicate gold band.
Cartier’s Solitaire engagement rings have also been a classic since 1895.
Solitaire rings have since become the first choice for engagements because they are elegant and atemporal, and as De Beers so cleverly put it: ”a diamond is forever,” as should be the marriage you’re about to step into.
Engagement rings can be the classic solitaire or any other unique ring with beautiful stones. It can be designed by the groom or can be a family heirloom.
Princess Beatrice was given a stunning pink Padparadscha sapphire with ten diamonds around, including two pear-shaped diamonds, that reminds the red ruby and diamonds ring her mother received from Prince Andrew in 1986.
The pink Padparadscha sapphire is found in Sri Lanka and is one of the rarest and most valuable sapphires (Eugenie’s ring is estimated at US$ 175,112).
Prince Harry preferred to design himself his fiancé’s ring using a diamond from Botswana, where they went on a camping trip together, and two smaller stones belonging to the late Princess Diana. The result is a very personal and beautiful ring, full of meaning and memories, even though its value is estimated to be half of Eugenie’s ring.
His brother, Prince William, gave Catherine the engagement ring that Prince Charles gave Princess Diana when he proposed. It’s a blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds, which made the cluster style rings so popular again.
Anthony Armstrong-Jones also chose to design the engagement ring he gave to Princess Margaret back in the 60’s, a big Ruby surrounded by diamonds made to look like a rosebud.
Queen Elizabeth’s engagement ring is a discrete and elegant 3-carat diamond ring that is tiny when compared to American stars engagements rings such as Elizabeth Taylor’s 29.4-carat diamond, Beyonce’s 18-carat emerald cut diamond ring or Kim Kardashian’s 15-carat diamond ring.
No matter what the size, design or value, an engagement ring is always a wonderful thing that makes us dream, as it symbolizes love, commitment and the promise of two lives that will be united forever.