Princess Diana's engagement ring

Princess Diana's engagement ring remains one of the most iconic pieces of jewellery in the world. Here's a deeper look into its history, significance, and enduring legacy:

When did Diana marry Prince Charles?

On February 24, 1981, the world watched with anticipation as Lady Diana Spencer and Prince Charles announced their engagement. The 19-year-old Diana presented a refreshing change from previous royal brides, and the engagement ring on her finger became an instant sensation.

The highly anticipated royal wedding of Princess Diana and Prince Charles took place on July 29, 1981.  Millions around the globe tuned in to witness the ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. The grandeur of the event perfectly complemented the elegance of Diana's ring, solidifying its place in pop culture history.

Princess Diana's engagement ring: a closer look

The breathtaking ring, crafted by Garrard, the Crown Jewellers, featured a stunning 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, all set in 18-karat white gold. Its design was inspired by a similar ring Garrard created in 1921 for another royal bride, Queen Mary. It was believed to be valued at $37,500 at the time of purchase.


This iconic style is an absolute classic and is still immensely popular affording to it’s enduring elegance. Lily Arkwright's fittingly named Diana engagement ring is available in a variety of lab diamond and coloured gemstone variations. 

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Sapphire engagement ring: symbolism and legacy

The choice of a sapphire wasn't purely aesthetic. The deep blue hue traditionally symbolises sincerity, faithfulness, and everlasting love – a sentiment that resonated with the public's hopes for the royal couple. Interestingly, unlike most royal jewels, this ring wasn't a commissioned piece. It was part of Garrard's existing collection, allowing Diana to choose a ring that reflected her personal style. This detail further endeared her to the public, who saw it as a break from tradition.

What happened to Princess Diana's jewellery?


Following Princess Diana's tragic passing in 1997, her jewellery collection was divided between her sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. It is believed that Prince Harry ultimately inherited his mother's beloved engagement ring and offered the ring to Prince William to propose to Kate as a gesture of brotherly love and approval. However in Prince Harry’s tell all memoir “spare” he reveals the ring was actually never his to give. 

Harry’s wife Megan Markle was seen wearing his mothers iconic “divorce ring”, a staggering 13 carat aquamarine ring at their wedding.  


Kate Middleton's engagement ring

Kate Middleton is the current owner of the iconic sapphire engagement ring. Prince William proposed to Kate under the majestic gaze of Mount Kenya, on the 20th of October 2010 and Diana’s beautiful ring became Kate Middleton’s engagement ring.

A Legacy That Endures

Princess Diana's engagement ring is more than just a stunning piece of jewellery; it's a tangible symbol of enduring love, cherished memories, and a legacy that transcends generations. Its journey reflects the intertwining threads of royalty, romance, and remembrance, captivating hearts around the world and solidifying its place as a timeless icon.