On November 27th, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, an American actress best known for her role as Rachel Zane in the legal drama Suits, announced that they would be getting married. As with any engagement announcement, everyone wanted to know about the ring. It’s a stunner – a 3 stone ring, featuring a 5-carat center diamond, set in yellow gold. But there’s even more to this ring than meets the eye:
Meet the Designer: Prince Harry
Prince Harry is known for doing things his own way. He brought that confident, creative approach to popping the question by designing the engagement ring himself, using elements that were Meghan’s favorite – she loves yellow gold – as well as deeply meaningful to the couple on a personal level.
After designing the ring, Prince Harry had it made by Cleave and Company, the crown’s preferred jeweler. Local couples choosing to design their own engagement ring the way Prince Harry did can turn to their trusted Manhattan jeweler to create one for them.
The Center Diamond: From a Special Trip Harry & Meghan Took Together
To celebrate Meghan’s 36th birthday, the couple went on a trip to Botswana, where they purchased a 5-carat diamond – quite a souvenir! This stone is now the center stone in Meghan’s engagement ring.
If you’re considering a custom engagement ring, know that you have the same options available to you. Some couples choose to travel directly to the world’s diamond markets to source stones themselves. This can mean making a trip to Europe or Africa. One of the world’s biggest diamond markets is right here in New York City. It is certain that Harry and Meghan had knowledgeable advisors helping them choose the best available stone. The same type of guidance is available locally, from Manhattan diamond experts here at Wasserman Jewel Galleries.
Something Old, Something New: Honoring a Family Legacy
Prince Harry’s mother was Princess Diana. Her engagement ring, which featured a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 carats of diamonds, set in white gold, went to Harry’s older brother William, who used it to propose to his now-wife, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
That being the case, Prince Harry incorporated two stunning diamonds from another piece of his mother’s jewelry, in his words, “to make sure she’s on this crazy journey with us.”
Custom jewelry presents the ideal way to ensure family legacies continue. This is especially true in families with more than one child: when there’s only one engagement ring to pass along, it’s time to get creative. Some couples choose to have lookalike copies of heirloom rings made; others rely on the expertise of custom jewelers to remake existing pieces of jewelry like brooches or pendants into a new, unique engagement ring.
The Value of Custom Jewelry
Of course, there’s always interest in what a royal engagement ring is worth. Industry estimates average between $300,000 – $400,000, although all the experts agree these numbers are on the low side. When you consider the irreplaceable sentimental aspects of a stone chosen during the couple’s special vacation trip, the inclusion of the mother’s diamonds, and above all else, the fact the groom designed the ring himself, what you wind up with is a ring that’s truly priceless. But even if you’re not working with a Prince’s budget, a custom engagement ring is within your reach. Schedule your consultation today.