Royal Revelry: Platinum Engagement Ring Predictions for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have been going strong for just over a year and curiosity is only heating up! Will royal wedding bells peal in the near future? Only time (and Kensington Palace) can tell… but while we wait, check out these amazing diamond and non-diamond platinum engagement ring options fit for a potential Duchess!
First up in the diamond category is this outrageously amazing antique platinum ring, circa 1910. Platinum experienced unprecedented popularity from about 1900-1930 when people could take advantage of the newest metalsmithing technologies during peacetime (and later, when post-war survivors had every reason to celebrate). The unparalleled strength and undiminishing whiteness of platinum elicited reactions of awe around the world, which then led to some of the most exquisite and finely-wrought creations. Nicknamed the “Hamster Diamond,” this 8.18-carat hexagonal cut sparkler has quite the provenance! According to Simon Teakle, “this unique hexagonal cut diamond ring [originally purchased in Paris in 1910 as an engagement ring] was lost in a game of cards to an unscrupulous Duke before it could be presented to the intended bride-to-be. It was not long before the Duke also lost the ring. The diamond went missing during one of the Duke’s infamous parties, and everyone presumed it had been stolen. Two generations later, in 1990, the Duke’s great-granddaughter found the ring while searching for her lost hamster. The diamond had been buried under the floorboards of the family’s home for almost 100 years, preserved for its owner today.” What a fascinating story—with a delightful ending—to suit a captivating couple!
Next is a mesmerizing platinum ring by French jeweler Sébastien Barier, provided by Kentshire. Done in the effervescent Edwardian style, this contemporary bauble would be an excellent example for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to imbue a life (and love) story of their very own.
Did you know diamonds come in every color of the rainbow? Did you also know that colored diamonds of fine quality are rarer than their colorless counterparts? Well. Let me introduce you to this zesty Fancy Pink number, set in a refreshing east-west orientation in the only metal rare enough, pure enough, and durable enough to secure such a marvel for generations. Monique Péan goes one remarkable step further as all the platinum used in her jewelry is recycled, “identical in quality to newly-mined platinum, in an effort to limit human and ecological damage.” Beauty at the surface and beyond; something that will undoubtedly appeal to dedicated humanitarians like Miss Markle and Prince Harry.
Stephen Barnard, former House of Garrard jeweler and metalsmith to the rich and recognized, predicts that if “[Prince] Harry were to propose, it would be a ring with a large diamond, with a few little diamonds set around it” noting about “85 percent [of the jewelry he makes] is platinum. It’s durable.” The top row of this grouping beautifully illustrate Stephen’s words in jewelry form: Bell & Bird’s custom service can create a breathtaking pavé platinum mount around a family heirloom, a loose gemstone, or an unusually-cut diamond… while the antique target charmer via Trumpet & Horn kicks up the sparkle factor with a double-halo and striking compass-point accents.
Should Prince Harry be more colorfully inclined: a neon Paraiba tourmaline—matching the icy cool of platinum to spectacular effect—from Frank Pollak & Sons, and a triplet of impressive untreated purple sapphires (highlighted by brilliants placed in the gallery for a final touch of excitement) courtesy of M.S. Rau Antiques.
Let’s plunge fully into the non-diamond portion of our platinum engagement ring feature! By Ann Elizabeth Jewelry, this split-shouldered stunner draws the eye inward while a vaulted profile ensures the 2.03-carat sapphire catches the most light for enhanced scintillation (i.e. glimmery, shimmery WOW). The blue hue pays homage to one of the most famous engagement rings in the world… which just so happened to originally belong to Prince Harry’s mum. Intelligently alluring platinum design guarantees that this treasure will stand out, and stand the test of time.
Also via Kentshire, this total monolith of ring is a zinger from every angle! Dating to 1965, it is eye-catchingly fabulous with a sizeable Colombian emerald (7.41 carats, to be exact), a marquise- and emerald-cut diamond frame, and a double-row of even more baguette-cut diamonds set in the band. Clearly, superstrong platinum is Nature’s answer to trustworthiness. And because I’ll never be able to use this phrase anywhere else: how regally royal!
Finally, a platinum engagement ring from Jewels by Grace that is arguably the closest in appearance to Princess Diana’s. With its ever-beloved halo style surrounding an oval center, it would be a heartfelt gesture indeed should Prince Harry present this belle to Meghan Markle. And while the focal gem is also a sapphire, its cheerful pink tone offers the perfect dose of personalization for their now-and-forever.
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