If you follow the royal family at all, you’ve probably seen pictures of Kate Middleton’s engagement ring. The huge sapphire surrounded by diamonds fits her style flawlessly—in fact, you would think that it was made for her.
It wasn’t, though. That ring was first worn by Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana. The 12-karat blue sapphire ring was created by the British jeweler Garrard.
But that’s not even the end of the story. Apparently, blue sapphires have held a special place in the royal family for centuries.
In 1840, Prince Albert gifted a sapphire brooch to Queen Victoria before their wedding. That brooch had also been made by the royal jeweler, Garrard. Garrard's creative director shared with “Vogue” that the Queen “loved it so much that she decided to wear it on her wedding day as her something blue on the front of her dress.”
Through her time as queen, she received many other jewels but always loved the sapphire brooch more than any of the others. The brooch was made a Crown heirloom in her will. This means that the brooch will always belong to the reigning monarch.
Queen Elizabeth loved the brooch just as much as Queen Victoria before her. She continues to wear it frequently.
Prince Charles went to Garrard to select a ring for Diana. He noticed how similar the sapphire ring was to Garrad’s previous creation. He fell in love with it—and so did Diana.
When Princess Diana died, her sons were allegedly given a choice, keeping one prized possession each—either the ring or a gold Cartier watch. Supposedly, it wasn’t William who selected the ring, but his younger brother Harry.
While this is unconfirmed, it does make for a sweet story. Apparently, when William was ready to propose to Kate, Harry loved them together so much that he was willing to give up the ring so his brother could have it.
One day perhaps both sapphires will be reunited, but for now, we’ll continue to admire her amazing ring from afar.
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