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Wedding Wednesday: Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank

Well, I've avoided the obvious for a while now, but I guess it's time to go ahead and talk about the rings that everyone has talked about already. Who do I mean? Well, I guess it's time we talk abut Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and the padparadscha sapphire engagement ring.
Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
The future newlyweds on the day they announced their engagement and showed the ring off to the world.

Well, I’ve avoided the obvious for a while now, but I guess it’s time to go ahead and talk about the rings that everyone has talked about already. Who do I mean? Well, I guess it’s finally time we talk abut Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank and the padparadscha sapphire engagement ring.

Princess Eugenie with her ring, which has been compared to Princess Kate’s ring on a number of occasions.

It’s not that I have anything against the ring – it’s quite lovely actually. It’s just that EVERYONE has already discussed it ad nauseam. However…. let’s just dive in. There was intense speculation that her fiancé, Jack Brooksbank, had modeled the ring after that of Princess Kate’s (formerly belonging to Princess Diana).

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
Similar to her mother’s engagement ring (left), Princess Eugenie’s ring has a colored stone center with a diamond surround.

But, while no one has said outright, it’s more likely that the ring was made to mimic that of the bride’s mother’s – an oval Burmese ruby surrounded by diamonds (which may have in and of itself been made to resemble that of Diana’s – who’s to say – both were made by the same jeweler in the same decade).

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank
A ring in the exact same design as that of the Princess’.

No matter what ring may have been the guiding light, it’s clear that Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank worked on the ring together. In his first interview with the press, he admitted to having found the stone first and then made no further moves until,”Eugenie had signed off on it.” I’ve always said that the smart men consult the woman they way to spend the rest of the life with before buying her the most important piece of jewelry she’ll ever have.

The newly married couple just after the wedding. You can see Eugenie’s engagement ring on her right hand, as she’s not moved it over yet.

Best we can tell, the center stone, an oval salmon colored sapphire (which is one of the more rare colors of sapphire), is roughly 2.5 – 3cts and it’s surrounded by a combination of round and pear shaped diamonds. It’s with the diamonds that the carat weight estimates have varied widely. Some say the two pear shaped stones are each 1.5cts themselves. It’s hard to say with out the ring in hand but I would guess them to be 1.5cts total and possibly another 1 – 1.5cts in round stones.

The Princess’ ring up close and personal.

So….. let’s get it out there. What do you think of the ring? Yay or nay? Can’t wait for you all to weigh in on this one!

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  1. Well, I am going to jump and say it is very unique and nothing like a middle stone of either her mother’s or HRH Duchess of Cambridge’s rings, except to look oval/circle with diamonds around. If you look closely at the setting the diamonds aren’t just a circlet but are slightly stacked in areas around the shank. The design is one that I particularly like and the colour of the sapphire is beautiful. I wouldn’t compare Princess Eugenie’s ring to any other ring in the current Royal Family and believe either Jack or both of them designed an exquisite ring. The Princess of Wales’ ring is not a designed ring but one available to the public as she chose to pick her ring from an high end public catalogue.

    1. I do have to say I wonder if Jack considered her mother’s ring, however, when designing this one. It sounds like Eugenie had quite a bit of input, so maybe it was her desire to harken back to the style her mother chose. Or it could be coincidence completely.

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