ENGAGEMENT RINGS INSPIRED BY ROYALTY: MEGHAN MARKLE & KATE MIDDLETON
Keeping up with celebrity jewelry trends is still one of the most popular ways to stay informed on what’s hot and what’s not. The official engagement announcement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in November 2017 rippled through the jewelry industry and sparked an engagement ring trend of its own.
MEGHAN MARKLE’S ROYAL ENGAGEMENT RING: ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was customized by the prince with the help of British jeweler, Cleave & Company. The royal engagement ring is set in yellow gold and includes a three carat, cushion-cut center diamond, ethically-sourced from Botswana, where the couple originally fell in love. Bordering the center stone are two round-cut diamond side stones that belonged to a brooch owned by the prince’s beloved mother, Diana, Princess of Wales.
Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, wears an engagement ring that is technically priceless because of its invaluable sentimental value, given its use of Princess Diana’s stones. However, experts in the jewelry industry estimate Meghan’s flawless stones and custom design set to be valued up to $200,000.
While the royal family will never release the exact cost Prince Harry paid for the ring, any expert asked also agrees that this particular ring–market value, carat weight, cut, clarity and color aside–is priceless, given its place in history and use of the family’s heirloom stones.
GABRIEL & CO. ROYAL RING LOOK-ALIKES
Since Cleave & Co. aren’t making any replicas of this royal engagement ring, Gabriel & Co. handpicked designs from our exquisite engagement ring collection that are close replicas of Meghan Markle’s engagement ring.
Set on a luminous yellow gold band, a round-cut diamond center stone is flanked with two brilliant round-cut side stones. A continuous row of small pavé diamonds are set into the band magnifying the ring’s overall brilliance. Depending on your style, this setting can be paired with any fancy center stone cut, including: cushion, princess, oval, marquise, emerald and pear-shape.
This yellow gold setting exposes its radiant stones using white gold prongs that bring attention directly to your ring finger. A brilliant round center diamond is nestled in between two princess-cut diamonds which are complemented by a row of channel set diamonds on the shank. The combination of white and yellow metals infuses this classic style with unique elegance.
Combining some of the highlighted elements from all the rings mentioned, the stunning BECKY engagement ring features three round-cut diamonds set in white gold prongs that create a distinguishable branch-like gallery. This yellow gold band includes a continuous row of channel-set round-cut diamonds for never-ending sparkle.
MARKLE REPLICAS THAT SPARKLE IN WHITE GOLD
In this classic solitaire setting, the FORTUNA engagement ring shines brightly with three brilliant round-cut diamonds set in beautiful white gold prongs. The scalloped gallery lends a special touch to this classic style.
The LISBETH classic solitaire engagement ring features a sleek, tapered baguette flanking each side of the round center diamond. In the bridge, a tiny round diamond sits in the center of a white gold wing-style gallery.
The pinched shoulder of the stunning BRENNA engagement ring is what makes this design so special. This white gold solitaire band is pinched at the shoulders of the ring and connects directly to the prong for a clean, yet contemporary look.
MEGHAN MEETS KATE: A Three Stone Blue Sapphire Diamond Ring
Like Meghan’s fairytale love story, when Prince William became engaged to Kate Middleton, he graced her finger with a Princess Diana heirloom - her iconic sapphire and diamond engagement ring created by then-crown jeweler Garrard. Breaking royal tradition, the ring was not custom-made, it was actually handpicked from a catalog by Diana herself. The setting consists of a cluster of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat, oval, deep blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18 carat white gold. Both engagement rings have heavily influenced the jewelry industry.
So what would it look like if you combined Meghan’s ring with Kate’s ring?
The exquisite AMERIE three stone engagement ring features a pair of rich, pear-shaped blue sapphires that beautifully accent the brilliant round diamond center stone. A polished 14k white gold, knife edge band accented with millgrain detailing, acts as the perfect base to allow the center stone to truly shine.
Though you may not be able to purchase the exact engagement rings adorning the finger of these two royal women, you can use their rings as inspiration to build your own royal-style ring that can eventually become an heirloom, holding its own sentimental value. Visit the Gabriel website to discover more of our timeless engagement rings that bring romance to life.
Choose from our full collection of perfect blue sapphire engagement rings that capture the essence of royal love.