When it comes to engagement rings, there’s nothing quite like those belonging to members of the royal family.
Though that’s not to say that they don’t dazzle with other rings and several of the royal ladies wear an eternity ring on a day to day basis.
To celebrate Meghan’s 42nd birthday on 4th August, diamond experts at Steven Stone have taken a close look to her eternity ring, revealing everything you need to know about the sentimental piece – including how it compares to Kate Middleton’s.
What is an eternity ring?
An eternity ring is a beautiful piece of jewellery that takes precious metals such as platinum or yellow gold and sets several diamonds around them. With origins that can be traced back to the Egyptian era, the eternity ring has been a symbol of everlasting love for centuries.
Meghan’s Eternity Ring
Value: £80,000 ($100,000)
Meghan Markle‘s eternity ring caught the eye of many royal and fashion fans when she debuted the piece of jewellery at Trooping the Colour in 2019.
The eternity ring, which Meghan wore next to her wedding band and engagement ring, was a gift from her husband Prince Harry on the couple’s first wedding anniversary.
But did you know that the piece pays homage to the family? The conflict-free diamond eternity band features Meghan’s, Archie’s and Harry’s birthstones (an olive green peridot, flawless green emerald and a blue sapphire) on the underside of the ring.
Each birthstone is said to have its own meaning and significance, with sapphires believed to protect those close to you from harm, peridots said to instill power in the wearer, and emeralds considered a symbol of rebirth and love.
Kate’s Eternity Ring
Estimated value: £1,500 ($2,000)
Prince William presented the mother of his children with an eternity ring following the birth of their son, Prince George.
The pave set eternity band sits beside her iconic sapphire engagement ring and Welsh gold wedding band.
After fans suspected that the ring was from Annoushka and reached out to the jeweller, it was confirmed in 2014 that Kate’s ring is their eclipse eternity ring.
Crafted from 18ct white gold with a high polish finish, it’s hand-set with 0.23ct diamonds and retails at £1,500.
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