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Whereas Prince Beatrice’s engagement and marriage ceremony rings made headlines for breaking the principles, Princess Eugenie’s sparkler was a little extra conventional (and was reported to value between £7 and £10okay.
It featured a massive Padparadscha Sapphire, a uncommon stone that has a pink tint to it, surrounded by diamonds. On the time, now-husband Jack Brooksbank stated he selected the ring as a result of, ‘it changes colour when it hits certain lights, much like Eugenie’ – very romantic.
Whereas the ring was distinctive because of the stone, royal followers had been fast to level out that it was similar to Kate Middleton’s engagement ring, which is after all the blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds that belonged to Princess Diana.
However really, the resemblance is extra to do with Eugenie’s mom, Fergie’s engagement ring, which Jack might need been impressed by.
Fergie’s ring was designed by royal jewelry Garrard & Co. It was an oval ruby, surrounded by a halo of 10 diamonds. It was remarkably just like the sapphire ring Prince Charles gave Princess Diana, and for good reason, because the couple picked it collectively from the identical jeweller’s catalogue, inflicting controversy on the time because it wasn’t an heirloom.
Whereas Prince Andrew did design the fashion himself, jewellers are inclined to have a home fashion, and he was in all probability impressed by different designs he noticed. Each engagements occurred within the 80s too (Diana in 1981 and Fergie in 1986), so that they each slot in with that decade’s traits.
Jamie Samhan, the deputy editor at Royal Central, informed Marie Claire US, ‘Many people noticed the resemblance to the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring, that after belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales. The reason that they give the impression of being very a lot the identical is that Diana’s ring was by Garrard & Co in 1981 and Sarah’s ring was from the identical designer a few quick years later in 1986.
‘Prince Andrew did personally design the ring that was given to Fergie, compared to Diana’s that was from the gathering, however most designers have a tendency to stay to a signature fashion. So when Jack got down to create a ring for Eugenie simply like her mom’s, the groundwork that it might additionally resemble Diana/Kate’s ring was already there.’
Eugenie and Jack went on to tie the knot in October 2018, and the bride selected a marriage ceremony ring product of Welsh gold, as is customized for royal brides.