Garrard’s Sapphire and Diamond Engagement Ring

Cataloguing Kate’s jewelry collection wouldn’t be complete without a post about her engagement ring.

As many already know, Kate’s ring used to be belong to her late mother-in-law. In 1981, Lady Diana Spencer chose the stone “from a selection presented to her by the then Crown jewellers Garrard of Mayfair. It cost £28,500 but, unusually for a choice by a member of the Royal Family, it was not unique and any member of the public could buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue”. *

Photo credit: www.gosmartslife.com
Photo credit: http://www.gosmartslife.com

 

The ring was made by Garrard in London, and consists of one large oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds. It is set in white gold.

Some reports state that the sapphire is 12 carats. However, Ayvee of Diana’s Jewels believes that it may be 9 carats.

Here it is on Kate:

ring
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AFP PHOTO / WPA POOL / Arthur Edwards (Photo credit should read ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
AFP PHOTO / WPA POOL / Arthur Edwards (Photo credit should read ARTHUR EDWARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

 

Photo credit: www.lucychoilondon.tumblr.com
Photo credit: http://www.lucychoilondon.tumblr.com

 

Photo credit: www.ibtimes.co.uk
Photo credit: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk

 

The ring was thought to be priced at £28,000 in 1981. Today, it’s deemed to be worth £250,000 or more, placing it just at the $500,000 mark.

*The full article can be found here. 

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