The subject of much speculation was finally put to bed yesterday afternoon (November 27) when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle gave the public the first glimpse of the latest Royal engagement ring.
Designed by Prince Harry using Markle’s “favourite” yellow gold metal the ring, created by Court Jewellers and Medallists to Her Majesty the Queen, Cleave and Company, features an elongated cushion cut centre stone from Botswana, where the couple recently holidayed, and is flanked by two round brilliant cut diamonds from the late Princess Diana’s jewellery collection.
While it is difficult to accurately estimate the exact size of the stones from the images of the ring, jewellery experts approached by Retail Jeweller, estimate that the centre stone is a minimum of 3cts-3.5cts with the side stones around 0.50pts each, meaning the total ring contains around 4cts-4.5cts of diamonds.
Meghan Markle’s Royal engagement ring
Estimates as to the total retail value of the ring have varied widely depending on which publication you read and, without knowing the clarity and colour of the diamonds, it is largely impossible to give a figure although one jeweller told Retail Jeweller, that similar style and size of ring would sell for at least £100,000-£150,000.
However, the addition of the two diamonds belonging to Princess Diana means this is no ordinary engagement ring and, as such, it can’t really be given a retail value.
It is also expected that, like other Royal brides, Markle’s wedding band will be made using rare Welsh gold.