In this article, Emily Tebbutt from Ramsdens Jewellery shares the most significant engagement ring trends inspired by the Queen and her family.
There’s nothing more like a fairy tale than when real-life princes and princesses decide to get married. The nation (and beyond) can’t get enough of it, from the dating rumours to the engagement announcement — all building up to the promise of a Royal wedding with the pomp and ceremony we’ve come to expect from the monarch’s family.
Like most jewellery worn by the Royals, engagement rings carry several depths of meaning and their personal taste when it comes to design can have a big impact on that year’s trends.
So, below I’ll be taking you through some of the most significant contributions to engagement ring fashion the Royal family has made in recent years.
The most recent Royal engagement, between Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, has gathered a lot of media attention, including discussions around her unusual yet beautiful ring. It is a combination of Art Deco and Victorian influences, created just for her by Edoardo, to represent the union of their two preferred styles. It also encompasses a few other Royal favourites, such as a trilogy setting and pavé band.
Beatrice’s younger sister, Eugenie, married in 2018 after her partner Jack Brooksbank proposed with a pretty floral ring. Bright diamond ‘petals’ surround a central (and extremely rare) padparadscha sapphire, which is naturally a coral pink colour. It’s inspired by her mother Sarah ‘Fergie’ Ferguson’s floral ruby engagement ring, though it is paler, rounder, and more feminine than the original.
Perhaps the most recognisable ring on this list, Kate Middleton’s gift from Prince William was a large blue sapphire surrounded by a halo of diamonds. This was the ring given to his late mother Princess Diana by his father, Prince Charles. It’s a very iconic ring, so it’s no surprise that after both engagements in 1981 and 2010, blue sapphire engagement ring sales soared dramatically.
Trilogy diamond rings represent the past, present, and future of your relationship, so they’re thought to be very sentimental. That’s certainly true of Harry’s offering to Meghan Markle – a trilogy ring featuring two diamonds from his late mother Diana’s personal collection and a new central diamond from Botswana, where the couple have holidayed together.
Pavé has been featured heavily in Royal engagement rings since the Queen of England herself wore the style in 1947 and continues to be popular today, as evidenced by Zara Tindall (née Phillips) who married in 2011. Pavé — where lots of tiny diamonds stud the band as though it has been paved — is special because it provides extra sparkle and grandeur, perfect for a Royal engagement. In fact, Meghan Markle adapted the band of her engagement ring from plain yellow gold to pave shortly after her wedding Harry.