Princess Eugenie’s £100,000 engagement ring is ‘one of the rarest jewels’ owned by the family
Princess Eugenie made numerous appearances over the bank holiday weekend to celebrate her grandmother’s seven decades on the throne. The royal was joined by her husband, Jack, and their baby son, August, who made his royal debut in a knitted Union Jack jumper.
Eugenie and Jack met on a 2010 ski trip to Verbier, Switzerland.
At the time, the royal said it was “love at first sight” and she started dating the English bar manager and brand ambassador soon after.
Jack proposed to Eugenie in 2018, presenting her with a beautiful sapphire ring. But there is something unique about the stone: instead of being blue, it is pink.
The stone is “one of the rarest gems” in the royal family’s collection, according to an expert.
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Diamond expert Max Stone at jeweler Steven Stone explained that the ring may be the rarest and most valuable piece of jewelry owned by the family because the sapphire “changes color when it hits certain lights”.
Jack Brooksbank exposed this fact while speaking on BBC’s The One Show, following the statement: “A bit like Eugenie”.
The sapphire is therefore unusual. When it does not change color, it is pink.
Called the Padparadscha sapphire, it features in the center of the ring and is surrounded by a halo of sparkling diamonds.
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The band of the ring is Welsh yellow gold, much like Eugenie’s wedding band.
It is traditional for members of the Royal Family to receive Welsh gold rings on their wedding day.
Max Stone explained that Padparadscha sapphires are “extremely rare stones that many haven’t even heard of”.
He added: “They are strikingly beautiful with unique shades of pink and orange, often resembling the colors of a sunset.”
The expert went on to explain that the piece of jewelry originated in Sri Lanka and resembled the “peach-colored flowers of the region”.
Max continued, “The term ‘Padparadscha’ is derived from the Sinhalese word ‘padmaraga’ for ‘water lotus flower’, denoting an extraordinary combination of pink and orange, all wrapped in a one-of-a-kind gemstone.
“Clarity is an important element for Padparadscha because their light tones reveal inclusions easily – you can see from the traditional cut, this stone is very clear and has good color saturation.”
In terms of the value of the ring, Max estimated it was “worth around £100,000-120,000”.
Interestingly, the diamonds surrounding the main stone of the ring are similar to those surrounding Kate Middleton’s ring, as well as that of Eugenie’s mother, Sarah Ferguson.
This style of engagement ring is therefore very popular among members of the royal family.
Although Eugenie’s ring is one of the rarest in the royal family’s collection, the Duchess of Cambridge’s ring is worth more.
The ring is estimated at £400,000, according to research by jewelery experts at Angelic Diamonds.
Kate’s engagement ring, formerly owned by the late Princess Diana and inspired by a brooch passed down to the family, is a 12-carat oval sapphire surrounded by a halo of 14 solitaire diamonds.