Unlike Lady Diana, who chose a blue sapphire, Camilla Duchess of Cornwall, accepted a diamond engagement ring from the Prince of Wales set with classic white antique diamonds. The Duchess, on certain occasions, for example, at the Royal Ascot procession in 2009, also looks glamorous wearing Natural Born Pearls.
A favorite of the Queen Mother, the 1930's Art Deco engagement ring was reset to fit Camilla's wedding ring finger. More beautiful than the day itself, the diamond gemstones are linear perfection.
The Antique Diamond at center stage, of the Royal Duchess Camilla's engagement ring, is so clear, it's mirror-like surface appears to reflect the happiness that's written all over the face of this strong woman, evident in nearly every photograph I've ever seen of her.
At one time, the ring belonged to Charles' grandmother, the Queen's Mother. It was not the Queen Mother's wedding or engagement ring but one of the many rings in her jewelry collection.
The platinum engagement ring is a royal heirloom and is comprised of one emerald cut diamond alongside which are three diamond baguettes.
Recently introduced were the modern rectangular baguette diamonds, giving the Duchess of Cornwall's engagement ring, a waft of contemporary style.
In keeping with British Royal Family tradition, the Royal Couple's Wedding Rings were crafted from gold from the Clogau St David’s mine in Bontddu, North Wales.
Previous royal wedding ring sets have been made from 22 karat gold from the same mine. Some indeed from the very same nugget of gold! In keeping with tradition, from 1576 - 1798 only the highest carat gold (22 carats) was used.
It is interesting to note, that Catherine Middleton who now has the title of Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge upon her marriage to Prince William, wears a wedding ring designed and made by Wartski, a family-owned firm of antique dealers.
The ring was fashioned from a nugget of Welsh gold from St David's mine in North Wales and was given to Prince William by The Queen shortly after the engagement was announced.
Wartski has a history with the Royal Family. It supplied the engagement and wedding rings to Queen Elizabeth’s grandson Viscount Linley when he married The Hon. Serena Stanhope in 1993.
Wartski also made the wedding rings (also of rare Welsh gold) for The Prince of Wales and Mrs. Camilla Parker-Bowles, The Duchess of Cornwall, for their wedding in 2005.
In the History of Jewelry that spans the ages, that along with the famous royal engagement ring, other jewels The Duchess wore on her wedding day were Queen Mary's Durbar diamond Tiara and Queen Alexandra's diamond and emerald welsh brooch and The Queen Mother's diamond strap watch.
Photo Credit: First Day at Ascot 2009 The Royal Procession, with the arrival of members of the Royal family and their guests in carriages, is a highlight of the Royal Ascot racing meet.
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