What makes famous engagement rings, well, famous ? Usually it's about provenance - it's history of ownership of the stand-alone women, famous celebrities, and royalty who wear them. This page of the website is dedicated to betrothal rings and the strong women who wore them.
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One of the most famous engagement rings is the celebrated engagement ring worn by Lady Diana Spencer.
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The late Diana, Princess of Wales was born Lady Diana Frances Spencer on 1 July 1961 in Norfolk. Lady Diana Spencer married The Prince of Wales at St Paul's Cathedral in London on 29 July 1981.
The family was very important to the Princess, who had two sons: Prince William and Prince Henry (Harry). After her divorce and forever more the Princess continued to be regarded as a member of the Royal Family.
Diana, Princess of Wales died on Sunday, 31 August 1997 following a tragic car crash in Paris. There was widespread public mourning at the death of this hugely popular royal figure, culminating with her funeral at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, 6 September 1997.
Even after her death, the Princess's work lives on in the form of commemorative charities and projects set up to help those in need.
When Lady Diana Spencer accepted the engagement proposal, a selection of engagement rings was presented for her consideration by Garrard Jewellers. From a list of gemstones, Diana chooses an 18-carat oval Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring. This was contrary to the accepted standard of a diamond being the "proper" engagement wedding gemstone, which can be traced back to DeBeer's marketing.
The Sapphire in Lady Diana's engagement ring weighed approximately 7-9 carats and was surrounded by 14 small diamonds in an elegant cluster setting.
Unlike many famous engagement rings, when the public must hypothesise over the ring's price and jewellers are sworn to secrecy, the public knew the cost of Princess Diana’s engagement ring. It was chosen from the regular Garrard catalog and therefore could be purchased by anyone, for the price of 28,000 British pounds, or the equivalent of $65,000 (at 1981 exchange rates).
Prince William gave his fiancée Kate Middleton the engagement ring of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales on November 17th, 2010. Britain's Prince William and Kate Middleton were married on Friday, April 29, 2011, at Westminster Abbey in London.
'Princess Diana's Engagement Ring'
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