What you need to know about the rock on Meghan Markle’s finger
All about that ring
While we all probably saw it coming, the official engagement of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was the still the most shook thing on our newsfeed, and it's only Tuesday. Inevitably, on the heels of this announcement comes the flood of media speculations on the royal wedding set for the spring of 2018, with public scrutiny from here to Timbuktu on everything — her style, her social aptitude, her suitability... you name it. Firing squad aside, those with the magpie eye are also looking closely at the actress, specifically at her third left finger for the rock snuggly situated there.
The next hottest topic other than the future princess herself, the royal sparkler has jewellers and jewellery lovers the world over whipping out their loupes (and comparing it to Duchess Catherine's iconic blue sapphire ring). Well, wonder no more because here's a nutshell of everything you need to know about the world's next most talked about engagement band:
It was designed by Prince Harry
A custom classic piece that combines sentiment and a substantial chunk of money, the centre diamond was sourced from Botswana where Prince Harry was practically a naturalised citizen from all the trips there while growing up. It was also where he brought Markle to celebrate her 36th birthday. Meanwhile, the flanking diamonds hail from the late Princess Diana's personal jewellery collection: "...To make sure that she's with us on this crazy journey together," said the prince in a BBC interview.
It's purportedly worth $350, 000
Guesstimations have gauged the ring to weigh in at around 6.5 carats, with jewellery experts marking it at price tag of $300, 000 and upwards based on its quality. Crafted by British jeweller Cleave and Company — the label preferred by Queen Elizabeth — the diamonds sit on a band made from yellow gold, Markle's favorite metal.
It holds cultural significance
Beyond its monetary value and eye-catching sparkle, the X-factor behind this ring is its tribute to Princess Diana, on top of the backstory that is the couple's courtship, elements of which have been woven into the design. With that much thought put into it, this is a royal ring that's as priceless as they come.