Therefore, Princess Diana’s engagement ring was controversial

Sunday, August 26, 2018
Today, Princess Diana’s engagement ring is one of the world’s most famous jewelry, but it created turmoil in the British royal family in the 80’s.

In February 1981 Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana Spencer, and after a couple of weeks, the couple announced the wedding plans outside of Buckingham Palace.

Then the whole world got the eye on the ring with 12 carat blue sapphire, surrounded by 14 smaller diamonds cast in 18 karat white gold.

The ring was made by the British royal house of faithful jewelry supplier, House of Gerrard, but it did not hold for more in the British royal family, according to

The royal house should have had two problems with the engagement ring. First of all, the stone that adorned the ring was a sapphire rather than a diamond that was tradition. Secondly, Diana had chosen the ring from a jewelry catalog, some in the royal house did not seem to be exclusive enough when it was available to the public, writes the British newspaper.

According to Vogue, the ring had a price tag of around NOK 500,000 kroner. The reputable magazine writes that someone thought Diana chose that particular ring because it was greatest, while others believe she chose it because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring.

Diana did not care about the views of the royal house, and carried the ring until the divorce with Prince Charles in 1996.


INHERIT: Prince William gave the ring to Kate Middleton when he proposed to her in 2010.

Diana’s two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry inherited her mother’s jewelry when she died in 1997. The engagement ring thus found the way to Kate Middleton’s finger when Prince William rescued her eight years ago.

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