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When news of Kate Middleton's royal engagement broke in 2010, the 12-carat sapphire ring that Prince William whipped out of his backpack at the base of Mt. Kenya brought the world into a sapphire frenzy.
Of course, Kate's bling isn't just any sapphire. Hers—an oval Ceylon surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, created by British jeweler Garrard—had previously belonged to Princess Diana. But what makes it most special is how the ring reportedly came into Prince William's possession. Queen Elizabeth II inherited the brooch once she became monarch—and is presumably just as infatuated with the bauble as her mother was, as she frequently dons the jewel. It was this brooch that is said to have inspired Prince Charles' engagement ring choice for Diana..
Upon Princess Diana's untimely death, an unconfirmed rumor suggests Prince William and Harry were each able to pick two of their mother's possessions as keepsakes. William reportedly chose his mother's gold Cartier watch; Harry picked her sapphire engagement ring. However, as the story goes, once Harry saw his William's love for Kate, he selflessly gave the heirloom to his brother in exchange for the watch. #mostexpensivejewel #jewellerydesign #jewelrydesign #jewelleryblogger #finejewellery #highjewellery #beuty #royaljewels #royaljewellery #historicaljewelry #jewellerydesigners #jewels #jewelrylovers #diamondjewelry #sapphireengagementring #