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Princess Diana's Engagement Ring - In the early 1980s, no single piece of jewelry represented a fairy tale romance more than Princess Diana’s engagement ring. The Princess of Wales had captured the public’s heart, and her exquisite taste in fine gems became an icon for the royal feeling every bride wants on her wedding day.
Prince Charles initially proposed without an engagement ring, insisting that Diana consider the implications of the role of his wife – being a couple under constant camera barrage and the pressure to provide the next generation’s heir – before accepting. Diana, however, needed little encouragement, and after she accepted a selection of engagement rings was presented for her consideration by Garrard Jewellers. Diana choose an oval blue sapphire engagement ring that weighed in at an astounding 18 carats and was surrounded by 14 small diamonds in an elegant cluster setting.
Although this ring is "a tad" smaller than its royal compeer it has great allure and just waiting for its princess to wear.
Antique jewelry object group: rings
Country of origin: Although it does not carry any legible control marks we believe it to be of Belgian origin.
Style: estate - (styles overview)
Period: ca. 1950 (events and facts in 1950)
Material: 18K white gold - (precious metals)
Extra information: engagement ring - An engagement ring is a finger ring of no generally accepted form that is given by a man to his fiancée as a token of marriage engagement, in the manner of the earlier betrothal ring, and indistinguishable in form or style. In recent years such rings have normally been set with a gemstone, usually a diamond (or any stone other than the ill-reputed opal), as a solitaire, of varying sizes, cuts, styles, and cost, but in the 19th century some were set with a pearl. In the same century the custom arose in England of separate engagement ring and wedding ring, and in very recent years such rings have sometimes been made en suite as a matching pair of similar style. In recent years, antique gemstone engagement rings are rapidly gaining in popularity.
Diamonds: 16 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.
Precious stones: One sapphire (lab produced) (also called verneuil sapphire). - (precious stones)
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April and sapphire for September. - (general birthstones explanation)
Hallmarks: Illegible remains. - (general hallmarks info)
Condition: excellent condition - (our condition scale)
Dimensions: head of the ring 1.73 cm (0.68 inch) x 1.47 cm (0.58 inch)
Weight: 4.40 gram (2.83 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 57 & 18¼ , Size US 8 , Size UK: P½
Resizing: Free resizing (only for extreme resizing we have to charge). - (list ring sizes)
Reference Nº: 09130-4278
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