“It reminds me of my mother’s engagement ring. And it’s the same colour as my eyes,” says Lady Diana Spencer (Emma Corrin) to Prince Charles (Josh O’Connor) and Queen Elizabeth II (Olivia Colman) in the latest season (four) of The Crown on Netflix.
After the Prince of Wales proposed to Lady Diana in 1981, the Queen invited the then 20-year-old to the Windsor Castle to choose her ring from an assortment of twelve rings, out of which Diana chose the stunning 12-carat Oval Ceylon Sapphire ring. Today, it’s one of the most desirable jewellery pieces of all time!
Studded with sapphire, 14 solitaire diamonds and 18-carat white gold, Princess Diana’s stunning ring was inspired by the iconic sapphire-diamond brooch that Prince Albert had gifted to his wife, Queen Victoria in 1840. Both the jewellery pieces were designed by crown jewellers Garrard & Co. that served the royal family from 1843 to 2007.
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According to reports, Diana’s ring had sparked controversy amongst a few members of the royal family because it wasn’t an heirloom and was listed in the jewellery catalogue that could be purchased by a non-royal as well. After Diana’s demise in 1997, Prince Harry inherited the ring, which he later passed on to his brother Prince Charles to propose to Kate Middleton.
If you too are enchanted by this heavenly ring, just like we are, then check out our specially curated list of blue sapphire rings by top luxury jewellery brands that you can buy.
1735 Oval Sapphire Ring – From the house of the original makers of the royal ring, Garrard & Co.
Jasmin Solitaire ring by Van Cleef & Arpels
Colours of Love White Gold Blue Sapphire Fluted ring by Faberge
Ángel Halo Ring in Swarovski created Sapphire
Sapphire and Diamond Ballerina ring by Trumpet and Horn
Oval Sapphire Jewellery Ring by Graff
White Gold Diamond and Sapphire Fireworks Ring by Suzanne Kalan
Sapphire and Diamond ring by Tiffany and Co.