The Real Controversy Behind Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring
Before knowing about the controversial Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring, first, let us know who Princess Diana was and how she became a member of the British Royal Family.
Diana Frances Spencer, Princess of Wales, known as Princess Diana was a member of the royal family. King Charles III (the current king of the United Kingdom) and Diana both fell in love with each other and at the tender age of 20, Diana married King Charles III. These two got married on July 29, 1981, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, United Kingdom. The royal wedding was called “the wedding of the century”. She gave birth to Prince Harry and Prince William and both her sons was very dear to her.
Princess Diana was a humanitarian figure, she quoted “nothing bring me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society”. She consider this an essential part of her life, a kind of destiny.
“Anywhere I see suffering, that is where I want to be, doing what I can” - quoted by Princess Diana. She began advocating on concerned causes such as cancer, homelessness, and AIDS awareness and prevention, and also helped victims of landmines at a tender age. “Hailed as people's princess, her personality was admiring.
Cost Of Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring And Other Details
Princess Diana opted for a 12-carat Oval Cut Blue Sapphire surrounded by a halo of 14 round cut diamonds, crafted in 18-karat white gold. The cost of her engagement ring was $60,000 back in 1981. Currently its price has been raised more than six times.
Sapphire engagement rings have been a popular choice for royal family members for years, but Princess Diana’s ring was an exceptional piece of all for many reasons. The Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring has unconventional Ceylon Blue Sapphire (Sri Lankan roots) which creates an enchanting appeal, accentuated by round diamonds forming a halo around the center stone. Her ring is itself a statement piece, which got scrutinized by the people world wide.
Why Did Princess Diana Choose Blue Sapphire?
Well, blue sapphire is a choice of royals but it was still speculated that the reason behind her choosing the stone was the blue sapphire’s resemblance with her mother’s engagement ring. While some says that the inspiration to choose blue sapphire came from a brooch, given by Prince Albert to Queen Victoria. People put their theories about her choosing a blue sapphire for her big day also because it was a big engagement ring.
Here Is Why Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Got Controversial
The most treasured engagement ring of all time that fetched people curiosity to know more about the personality of Princess Diana than ever before. Although the Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring was undoubtedly beautiful, some royal family members criticized it, as it could not fit the royal standards. They called it a commoner’s ring because anyone could buy a replica of that engagement ring with a budget of $60,000.
Members of Royal British Family prefers wearing custom engagement rings, made specially for them and which has no further replica. And, this was not the case with Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring, her ring was showcased in a royal jeweler’s catalog and was available for all. Diana have chosen her engagement ring her way, which does not pleased the royal family members and hence created some controversies.
The engagement ring was special to Princess Diana because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. Princess Diana wore her engagement ring throughout the marriage. Even after the divorce declaration with Princess Charles in 1996, she didn’t forget to wear her engagement ring on some occasions.
Who Has Princess Diana's Engagement Ring After Her Demise?
Unfortunately, Princess Diana died in a car accident, and after her tragic death, her possessions were given to her 15 and 12-year-old sons. Both selected a piece for their mom’s belongings for the remembrance. Her elder son, Prince William chose Cartier Watch, while her younger son, Princess Harry chose Princess Diana's Engagement Ring.
Now, the Princess Diana’s iconic engagement ring is with Kate Middleton (Prince William proposed to her with this ring in 2010). Since this inherited ring has a rich history, Kate have chosen to not alter its exterior. Although it has gone band resizing, but nothing except that changed.
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