The engagement ring of Princess Diana (formally, Diana Princes sof Wales) is an engagement ring that was given to the then Lady Diana Spencer on her engagement to Prince Charles, heir to the British throne in February 1981.
The ring has 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold. It was created by the royal jewelers, Garrards and cost £28,500 at the time – just under $50,000.
Since then this ring has become famous, not only because of the Princess Diana connection, but because the ring was then used by princess Diana’s eldest son, William, as his engagement ring when he announced his wedding to Kate Middleton.
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Princess Diana’s Sapphire Ring is different from the engagement rings of other members of the British Royal Family, who have tended to opt for Rubies – see our article on Rubies and Royalty. Choosing a sapphire was seen as breaking with tradition – as was choosing from the Garrard catalogue rather than having a ring made to order.
Kate Middleton eventually had the engagement ring resized. It was a size H ring and she asked Crown Jewellers, G Collins and Sons, to attach two platinum studs to it to make it a size I ring. She did not want it to fall from her finger on the day of her wedding to Prince William. More information on the ring..