The engagement ring of Queen Elizabeth. The grand diamond on the solitaire ring is detached from a Greek tiara, which prince Philip got from his mother. I wonder why Her Majesty keeps the golden wedding ring behind the engagement ring? It could give at least some protection to the solitaire when worn first on the finger.
Does somebody recognize the watch? A Patek Philippe perhaps?
Photo from Corbis.
BTW, it is said that Marie Chantal's ring has besides the cabouchon cut sapphire also a heart shaped diamond. Quite unusual combination, but when the stones are obviously of a great quality, I guess it's OK.
The ring of Fergie. I read from somewhere that when Andrew proposed with this ring, it had an emerald on it. Fergie made him change the stone to a ruby (which was wise because of the higher durability of ruby). The ring is probably from Garrard. Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong.
Also a group of other jewelry can be seen on this picture... She must like jewelry:
Photo from Corbis.
4. Princess Märtha Louise & Ari Behn
The engagement rings for the couple have been designed by Behn's grandfather. They have matching rings of white gold with lillies formed by diamonds. Princess Märtha Louise's ring has an extra touch, two hearts made of rubies.
5. HRH Princess Anne's Engagement Ring
6. The diamond engagement ring of the late Iranian Princess Soraya
The ring, which was given to the princess by the Shah of Iran in 1950, is made of a 22.37 carat diamond
Princess Alexandra's ring is made of gold, rubies and a diamond. Once again one can see how the colours of the country's flag have been chosen to a royal ring. Maybe it is just a co-incidence?
Queen Silvia's ring is said to be one of these inherited baubles which origin I can't remember. Was it a ring of the mother of King Carl Gustaf? It is supposed to be a solitaire ring of a fairly large diamond and maybe in white gold.
Thanks Julia! I was very happy to see some new pictures. Especially the info of princess Grace's ring was great. I've seen pictures of both rings you mentioned but didn't know which one was the true engagement ring. Anyway, 12 cts, phew, that is massive!
The reason why one wears his or her wedding ring first is because theres a vain in the ring finger of the left hand that goes to the heart,and you want to have your wedding ring closer to your heart.This also why many people wear the wedding and enagement ring on they left hand, although I have see some people wear they rings on the other hand,many of them being european I wonder if this is a tradition in europe?
If you look on Queen Noor's left hand you'll see her enagement and wedding rings,from what I've read in her book the enagement ring is a gold ring encrusted with tiny white and yellow diamonds.Sorry thats its not a better picture.
You have your life, I have my life, you do your thing, I do my thing, I understand that you were not put on this earth to please me, just as I am not here to please you, but if we should meet, it would be a beautiful thing.
12 carats is huge! There is a still of Grace in the film High Society where you can see the ring perfectly. I am going to try and find it. It was/is a gorgeous ring. I can't remember if there are ruby baguettes on either side of the diamond or not. If there are they are quite small.
I love the story of wearing the ring on the left finger and the heart line...so very romantic!
Great topic, everybody and thanks for posting all these great rings. I noticed that royals tend to favour coloured stones for engagement rings. I saw a lot of saphires, rubies, emeralds and yellow stones. Not too many diamond engagement rings, as is the custom here in North America (Canada). Is it more "European" to have a coloured stone for an engagement ring? And what would everybody else prefer for an engagement ring?
Yes, I've heard the theory of the vena amoris (lat.), the vein of love. It was believed already in the ancient Egypt that this special vein led straight from the heart to the third finger of left hand. Third finger indeed, because thumb wasn't concidered as a finger.
But we live in a modern world and know that the vascular system is a bit more complex thing than that. And we know that sometimes our heart is in our head. = )
I'm still of that opinion that the higher ring i.e. the ring with stone should be worn behind. Otherwise it covers behind the little plain hoop which the wedding ring usually is. Furthermore the higher ring is usually also the more expensive ring which at least I would like to protect from getting lost or getting hit against something when doing the everyday household work etc.
In Finland people tend to wear their rings quite often in the order in which they received the rings. We start with the plain gold hoop as an engagement ring and choose perhaps a small diamond ring for a wedding ring. So in this case again the solitaire or half hoop ring goes in front while the more plain ring is there behind it, which I still find a bit weird.
The rings are to be seen by others. You don't put the shortest pupils on the backrow for the class photo either!
Or an emerald cut diamond in the center (1.5 - 2.0 cts or so) and two emerald cut rubies as side stones... Anyway once again a ring with the colours of the nation and a very modern design. Good choice!