Kate Middleton’s engagement ring: royal gem against Crown Princess Mary’s ruby

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The ring, which is now the Duchess of Cambridge’s engagement ring, renewed a boom in sapphire and diamond ring sales in 2010 when the royal couple got engaged.

It features a stunning 12 carat oval faceted Sri Lankan cornflower blue sapphire surrounded by 14 round brilliant cut diamonds, set in 18k white gold.

It was made by royal jeweler Garrard & Co Limited and surprisingly it was not a bespoke ring meaning any member of the public could purchase it.

The ring, now worn in memory of Prince William’s mother, was originally valued at £28,000 in 1981.

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But, it’s also hard to ignore that red often symbolizes the color of passion and love.

Like sapphires, rubies are an excellent choice for an engagement ring because they can withstand daily use.

Most modern three-stone rings would be set with a center-colored stone, such as a ruby, sapphire, or emerald, backed by matching or graduated diamonds.

Here the combination has been reversed. It consisted of an emerald cut center diamond weighing approximately 1.5ct of a colorless grade and VVS clarity. Speculation puts the cost of the diamond at £11,000.

Framed on either side of the diamond are two emerald cut rubies weighing approximately 0.75ct each.

They could come from Brazil, where the crown prince was visiting before his engagement in 2003.

This is quite rare, as rubies are most commonly mined in South or Southeast Asia, or Africa.

The ring is also believed to have been made there in Brazil, however, other sources believe the ring may have been part of the collection of Queen Ingrid of Denmark, who died in 2000.

In any case, the rubies are deep bright red and of strong saturation, standing out against the brilliance of the diamond.

Later in 2012, Princess Mary completed her three-stone ring with the addition of two more baguette diamonds, each weighing approximately 0.30 carats.

The finished look produces a very elegant, graduated arc on the finger, adding to the presence of the already remarkable rubies and exquisite center diamond.

I would estimate the retail price of this ring at around £30,000, but that could easily double if it ever comes up for auction.

If you’re looking to wear the color of love like Princess Mary, this Chopard watch could be for you.

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