- Princess Eugenie of York’s engagement ring is rarer than Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge’s (AKA Kate Middleton) inherited blue sapphire ring from Diana, Princess of Wales.
- Eugenie’s padparadscha sapphire is believed to be one of the rarest types of sapphire.
If there’s one thing the royal family do exceptionally well, it’s swanky engagement rings. While each royal ring has its own sentimental story, such as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle’s rings significant links to their mother-in-law Princess Diana, the pieces are also objectively stunning items of jewellery bearing large precious stones and intricate craftsmanship.
While Kate’s is arguably the most iconic ring of the trio, it turns out that Eugenie’s sapphire ring is actually far rarer.
To refresh your memory, Kate’s engagement ring consists of a 12 carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire, surrounded by a halo of 14 solitaire diamonds.
The piece was given to Princess Diana in 1981 by Prince Charles and passed down to Kate when Prince William proposed in 2010.
Ah, so pretty.
As for Eugenie’s ring, it was given to her by (now husband) Jack Brooksbanks and includes a pink-coloured oval padparadscha sapphire, similarly surrounded by diamonds.
While the two engagement rings share a similar style, Eugenie’s is the rarer of the two.
As noted by Jewels For Me, via Express, the padparadscha sapphire is the ‘most rare, most prized form of sapphire’ due to its unique hue – a mix of pink and orange.
By comparison, Kate’s sapphire is undeniably sizeable, however, the blue colour is more prevalent.
When asked of the story behind the ring, Brooksbanks revealed that the stone came before anything else. ‘I went and found an amazing padparadscha sapphire but then didn’t want to do anything until Eugenie had signed off on it,’ said at the couple’s official engagement announcement.
Rarity aside, I think we can agree that both Kate and Eugenie have absolutely b-e-a-utiful engagement rings.
This post originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com/uk
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