Princess Eugenie’s ‘mesmerising’ engagement ring is ‘untypical’

Princess Eugenie returns a woman's key during royal walkabout

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Princess Eugenie and her long-term boyfriend Jack Brooksbank announced their engagement in 2018 with a stunning photocall at Buckingham Palace. The late Queen’s granddaughter wore a stunning floral red and black dress for the occasion, but it was her brand new rock which caught the attention of royal fans.

Like many royal brides in recent decades, Eugenie’s engagement ring shuns the traditional diamond.

Instead, Eugenie embraced sapphires for her sparkler, just like Kate, Princess of Wales and Princess Anne, although Eugenie’s stone isn’t blue.

Charlotte Leigh GIA AJP, Engagement Ring Specialist & Fine Jewellery Designer, Lottie Leigh Fine Jewellery, said: “When Princess Eugenie got engaged in 2018 to Jack Brooksbank, she received a padparadscha sapphire which is an exceedingly rare jewel.

“It is a mesmerising stone which gives a beautiful pinkish-orange glow.

“The centre stone is surrounded by diamonds, which is known as a cluster ring.”

Charlotte highlighted how Eugenie’s engagement ring was “untypical”, just like Sarah Ferguson’s ruby engagement ring.

Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, debuted her stunning ruby ring in 1986 after her engagement to Prince Andrew was announced.

A central oval-shaped ruby is surrounded by ten diamonds in a sunburst pattern, set on a yellow gold band.

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Sarah’s stunning ring was thought to have been crafted by the royal jeweller Garrard, and she continued to wear it for several years after she separated from Andrew in 1992.

Ruby engagement rings are rare in the Royal Family, although the Queen’s sister Princess Margaret also boasted a red sparkler from her ex-husband Antony Armstrong-Jones.

Charlotte added: “Princess Eugenie’s mother, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, and her great-aunt Princess Margaret, also had untypical engagement rings, both opting for distinctive rubies.

“The Duchess of York’s ring, like her daughter’s, was a cluster ring with the ruby surrounded by diamonds.

“However, Princess Margaret’s ring was extraordinary – a ruby flanked by diamonds in the shape of petals to look like a rose, which was her middle name.”

The last of the York engagement rings belongs to Eugenie’s elder sister Princess Beatrice, but it is more traditional than Eugenie or Sarah’s engagement rings.

Beatrice’s husband Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi worked with jeweller Shaun Leane to craft a bespoke ring for the Princess.

The ring features a central round diamond, thought to weigh around three carats, flanked on either side by tapered diamond baguettes.

The band of the ring is adorned with extra sparkle in the form of pave diamonds.

Similarities can be drawn between Beatrice’s ring and the sparkler owned by her late grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen wore her engagement ring throughout her life, and it featured diamonds from a dismantled tiara that previously belonged to Prince Philip’s mother Princess Alice.

A round diamond took centre stage, and it was shouldered by a cluster of diamonds on each side.

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