The Most Astonishing Royal Engagement Rings Throughout History

When you're a member of the British Royal Family, any mere diamond ring won't cut it to agree on marrying. It has to be an exuberant and one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry to guarantee a resounding yes to the big question. And it seems that high-born people are masters at this. 

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It turns out that the royal household has a vast collection of engagements rings that are undoubtedly worth checking out. And apart from their costly stones and gorgeous designs, most of them have fascinating backstories. Join us on this fantastic ride to learn everything about the sparkliest engagement rings of our favorite noble family in the UK. 

12. QUEEN ELIZABETH II 

When Philip wanted to propose to his beloved Elizabeth in July 1947, he was not a well-off Greek Prince, as per Good Housekeeping's report. Therefore, his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, stepped in to help her son. She gifted Philip with some diamonds taken from a tiara she was given on her wedding day. 

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Jewelers Philip Antrobus Ltd. worked with the Greek royal to create the sparkler featuring a 3K round-cut diamond in the center with ten smaller ones set in platinum. Pretty normal for the heir of the British throne, right? But 70 years later, the Queen still wears it, so we guess some things can't be measured in terms of money.  

11. PRINCESS MARGARET

The Queen's sister was the one who had the first flower-shaped piece in the family. Her then-fiancé, Antony Armstrong-Jones, took the inspiration of the design from a rosebud to honor the Princess' middle name: Rose. It was a ruby engagement ring with diamonds around it that Margaret exhibited for the first time in February 1960. 

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10. ANNE, THE PRINCESS ROYAL

The Queen's only daughter received not only one but two engagement rings. As you might know, Anne got engaged with her first husband Mark Phillips in May 1973 and tied the knot in November of that year. With him, the Princess showed off a classic sapphire set in the middle of two diamonds. 

As Vogue reported, the second piece had a more bohemian style with a cabochon stone and three diamonds on each side. Timothy Laurence gave it to his fiancée in December 1992, the same year Anne divorced her first husband, according to Unofficial Royal.

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9. PRINCESS DIANA OF WALES

The former Crown Jeweller, Garrard & Co. is the mastermind behind the creation of the beautiful engagement ring that was given to Lady Di in February 1981. Good Housekeeping described it as a large 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ringed with 14 solitaire diamonds, all set in 18K white gold.

Although it became one of the most copied rings to date, back in the time when Diana got engaged, it was not very unique. The piece featured in the jeweler's catalog, meaning it was available to any commoner. However, Lady Spencer loved it and went for it when Charles presented a variety of jewels to choose from. 

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8. DUCHESS SARAH OF YORK

The piece Fergie received in February 1986 followed in the steps of Princess Margaret's piece. The Duchess' engagement ring was flower-shaped, including a Burmese ruby with ten diamonds surrounding it on a yellow gold band. Prince Andrew and his fiancée wanted something unconventional and agreed that red was the best color for Sarah. 

7. DUCHESS SOPHIE OF WESSEX 

After a five-year relationship, Prince Edward popped the question in January 1999 to his then-girlfriend, Sophie Rhys-Jones, with a gorgeous engagement ring, according to Mama M!a. Royal jeweler Garrard designed a 2-carat oval diamond flanked by two smaller heart-shaped gemstones in 18-karat white gold. Classic but gorgeous, isn't it? 

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6. AUTUMN PHILLIPS 

If you're not familiar with this name, this lady is the wife of Princess Anne's son, Peter Phillips. The lovebirds announced their engagement in July 2007, and it was hard to miss the platinum ring. It had an oval center diamond and some more stones on each side, as per Vogue. 

5. DUCHESS CAMILLA OF CORNWALL 

Pretty much like Kate, Camilla got a family heirloom that can be summed up in only one word: regal. It previously belonged to no one else than the Queen Mother, who was photographed during the mid-80s exhibiting the sparkler at an evening event. 

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But surprisingly, the jewel was not her engagement ring from King George VI. The origin of the piece is still kept under wraps. Vogue noted that Prince Charles used the gem to finally propose to his soulmate in February 2005. It features an art deco design and a large five-carat square-cut diamond right in the center with three diamond baguettes on each side. 

4. DUCHESS KATE OF CAMBRIDGE

Does it look familiar? Yes, right? It is because the piece is the same one that once belonged to the late People's Princess. Following Lady Di's divorce from Charles, the jewel returned to Kensington Palace to be stored. As per The Diamond Store Magazine, Charles allowed William and Harry to pick mementos from Diana's possession after her demise. 

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Harry got the engagement ring, while the eldest brother went for a gold Cartier watch. However, when it was time for William to propose to Kate, the siblings exchanged their relics so that Will could give the engagement ring to his future wife in October 2010. 

The same source added that the gemstone cost £28,000 back in 1981 when Prince Charles bought it for Diana. However, due to inflation, now it is worth around £300,000. William decided to give it to his now-wife during a trip to Kenya. He kept it in a rucksack not to lose it until it was the perfect occasion to pop the question. 

3. ZARA PHILLIPS

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Princess Anne's only daughter has one heck of a rock in her finger! The Equestrian royal was given a custom-made solitaire diamond in a platinum ring with a divided diamond band. Her now-husband, former rugby player Mike Tindall, truly hit a home run with the piece in December 2010.

2. DUCHESS MEGHAN OF SUSSEX

To seal a perfect love story, Prince Harry designed the ideal engagement ring to propose to the American actress in November 2017, and he made sure the jewel was unique enough. Business Insider reported that the Prince went for a trilogy ring, featuring a 2.5-carat cushion cut diamond from Botswana.

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Read more: It turns out that Meghan and Harry might not have custody of their first child.

It also has two stones from the late Princess Diana's collection. All this is set in white gold with the main band in yellow Welsh gold. Court jewelers Cleave and Company created the engagement ring, and Express reported it cost some modest £122,500. 

1. PRINCESS EUGENIE 

Prince Andrew's daughter had to wait some years until his fiancé Jack Brooksbank put an engagement ring in her finger in January 2018. And if it also rings the bell with you, it's because it was perfectly designed to look like Sarah Ferguson's stone. Eugenie's has a light pink padparadscha sapphire circled by diamonds in a flower shape, all set on a yellow gold band.

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OTHER FAMOUS ROYAL JEWELRY 

QUEEN MARY'S LOVER'S KNOT TIARA

It is no secret that the members of the royal family do not joke with their pieces of jewelry, and even remodels and re-wears ornaments passed down from previous generations. One of such is this priceless jewel that belonged to Queen Mary in 1913. Queen Elizabeth later owned the treasure which initially belonged to Queen Mary's grandmother, Princess Augusta of Hesse after the death of Queen Mary in 1953.

However, the Queen would later lend the lovely Tiara to Princess Diana for a time. After the Princess' death, the tiara was spotted on Kate Middleton at Buckingham Palace in 2015, and it's been worn by her ever since.

Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara | Photo Credit: YouTube/ Top News 24h

Queen Mary's Lover's Knot Tiara | Photo Credit: YouTube/ Top News 24h

Although it is often seen on Kate, she once reported that the piece of jewelry still belongs to the Queen who is generous enough to have family members wear it for as long as possible. The tiara was made from one of Queen Mary's toppers, and the Ladies of England Tiara. It used to have 19 pearls along the top but was later modified with some pearls getting removed.

QUEEN MARY'S DIAMOND BAR CHOKER BRACELET

This diamond choker was originally owned by Queen Mary who made it specifically to suit her taste. The jewelry has a distinctive chain-like pattern, and it is often said to have been influenced by an art deco design.

Queen Mary’s Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet | Photo Credit: YouTube/ Top News 24h

Queen Mary’s Diamond Bar Choker Bracelet | Photo Credit: YouTube/ Top News 24h

After the passing of Queen Mary, the choker was spotted again in 1975 when Queen Elizabeth wore it for her 75th birthday. The piece of jewelry is now famously seen on the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton but not as a neckpiece, instead as a bracelet. 

THE FOUR-ROW PEARL CHOKER

Although it might seem like all Queen Elizabeth's jewelry were inherited from her grandmother, Queen Mary, it couldn't be farther from the truth. The Queen also had her preferences and thus many pieces of jewelry made solely for her. This gorgeous piece of jewelry, the four-row pearl choker was made according to the Queen's taste.

The Four-Row Pearl Choker | Photo Credit: YouTube/ Top News 24h

The Four-Row Pearl Choker | Photo Credit: YouTube/ Top News 24h

The pearls used in creating the fine piece of jewelry was said to have been gifted to the Queen by the Japanese government. The neckpiece which was designed by Garrard has since been seen on the neck of Princess Diana and Kate Middleton. 

Now, we cannot wait to know which of all these breathtaking jewelry is your favorite! Let us know in the comment section down below. But hey! Don't go too far! We have more fantastic articles like this one in the pipeline for you, so stay tuned!

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Source: Good HousekeepingThe Diamond Store MagazineBusiness InsiderExpressGood HousekeepingVogueUnofficial RoyalMama M!a

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