Engagement ring trends for 2018 have just been set for the next year by HRH Prince Harry and Miss Meghan Markle, who announced their engagement on Monday morning, but the question on everybody's lips; what about the ring?
Many had already made assumptions about the makers of the ring and what sort of style that Harry might pick, however, everyone was pleasantly surprised by Harry's unusual choice in design and jeweller.
Harry proposed earlier this month, but now Meghan can finally wear her ring! We got our first glimpse of the ring and at a quick glance, it appears to be a traditional three stone diamond engagement ring set in yellow gold. On closer inspection, this ring is more unusual and personal in its design.
The centre white diamond has been estimated at 2.5 to 3 carats and appears to be a cushion cut style (We were secretly hoping for a princess cut). The modern cut of this stone suggests that it's a recently cut stone as it does not have any of proportions or faceting of a vintage cut diamond. Prince Harry has also confirmed that the central diamond has come from Botswana. Botswana has been a special place for the couple during their relationship and is also one of the countries in Africa doing the most to source diamonds ethically and is putting money back into the communities where the diamonds are sourced.
Many had thought that the maker would be Garrard, the jeweller behind Princess Diana’s and now Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring. However, this stunning masterpiece was made by Cleave and Company, Court Jewellers and Medallists to Her Majesty the Queen.
What makes this ring design stand out from similar rings is that most traditional trilogy diamond rings have three stones of a similar size that are usually in the same cut as well. In Meghan's engagement ring the two surrounding stones are slightly smaller brilliant cut diamonds, but their value is priceless as they came from a brooch that belonged to Princess Diana. Prince Harry has taken a leaf out of his brother's book, as Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with his late mother's blue sapphire engagement ring.
In the couple's interview on Monday night, Meghan revealed how she felt about such a personal design and Harry's considerations, “I think everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of that, and obviously not being able to meet his mom, I’m able to, in some special way, know a part of her through them, and of course through him. It’s incredibly special. And you know to be able to have this, which sort of links where you came from and Botswana, which is important to us, it’s perfect.”
As well as seeing a rising trend in trilogy engagement rings, we would also encourage those thinking of starting their proposal journey to consider going for a bespoke commission or design. Prince Harry's thoughtfulness and creativity has shown just how stylish, unique and personal an engagement ring can be.
Take a look at our selection of three-stone engagement rings at Wonderfully Diamonds that are fit for a Princess!
This sapphire and diamond three stones ring is inspired by both the Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle's engagement rings. The cushion cut sapphire centre stone is accompanied by two trillion cut diamonds on both sides. You can customise the ring by picking the stones and the metal that suits you.
Want something a bit different? This diamond and emerald three stones engagement ring will not disappoint you. The three princess cut centre stones look stunning in a claw setting, surrounded by smaller diamonds and emerald on the shoulder. Click here to view more details of this ring.
Want to create your own ring like Prince Harry did? Get in touch with a member of our staff today to start your beautiful journey. Bear in mind that you don't need to have a Prince's budget to afford a bespoke engagement ring.