On Feb. 6, 1981, Prince Charles presented Princess Diana with what turned out to be one of the most beloved pieces of jewelry in the world. The late royal’s engagement ring boasts a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire ring, 14 solitaire diamonds, and is set in 20-carat white gold.
But just because it’s beyond stunning doesn’t mean everyone in the royal family approved of the $37,000 rock (of course). According to Vogue, some weren’t happy that the center stone wasn’t a diamond.
On top of that, it seemingly wasn’t rare enough. According to INSIDER, the bauble was apparently featured in a Garrard catalog at the time. The problem? Back then, royal family members appearing normal and accessible to the public was a no-go.
But Diana didn’t seem to care since she flaunted the stunning ring until her divorce from Charles in 1996. Upon her tragic passing from a car accident in 1997, her sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, inherited her impressive collection of bling.
“I would like you to allocate all my jewelry to the share to be held by my sons, so that their wives may, in due course, have it or use it. I leave the exact division of the jewelry to your discretion,” Diana wrote in her Letter of Wishes before her passing, according to The Telegraph.
When William got engaged to Kate back in 2010, he gushed about the ring, “It’s my mother’s engagement ring, and it’s very special to me, as Kate is very special to me now as well. It was only right the two were put together,” he shared on ITV at the time. “It was my way of making sure mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement.” We’re just glad the ring is still in the royal family, and we can’t help but wonder if Princess Charlotte is going to wear it someday!
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