The future King of England may be the one who presented his then wife-to-be Diana with that legendary sapphire engagement ring but now he is making news as a weatherman. Scottish TV viewers who tuned in for the lunchtime weather forecast on Wednesday were in for a pleasant surprise when they had the weather report read to them by a very special guest: Prince Charles.
The 63-year-old heir apparent and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall visited BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow to mark sixty years of BBC Scotland TV. Reports are that the Prince read from cue cards while adding his own commentary to the prepared script.
Besides the Sapphire ring Prince Charles also got an engagement ring for his present wife if we have to compare the two, both have their own unique beauty. Prince Charles’ family has actual crown jewels, so it does seem that proposing had been a lot simpler for him. Though if reports are to be believed it was not that easy, almost 3 decades ago when Prince Charles asked 19-year-old Diana Spencer to marry him he actually bought a ring.
It is a well known fact that the 18-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds was featured in Garrard’s catalog when he purchased it for £30,000. The same ring now adorns the ring finger of his daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton.
However, for his second engagement ring to his Camilla Parker Bowles, decided to follow the tradition and look for something in the family treasure. This ring is a beautiful piece of Windsor heirloom. As for details it has a emerald-cut diamond at the centre with six baguette diamonds at the sides. This ring once belonged to Prince’s grandmother the Queen Mum.
Blue sapphire engagement rings are in vogue. The splendid blue of sapphire is a true spell binder. Since former Kate Middleton has displayed her sapphire engagement ring, the world of jewels has noticed a marked liking about sapphire rings. But it is not the first time that any royal family member has selected a sapphire center stone instead of diamond.
There are many examples of imperial sapphire choice. Look back a little and you’ll find that the tradition of giving sapphires as engagement ring was common among the British Royal Family. Though the most photographed royal sapphire engagement ring was of Lady Diana, Princess of Wales but there were many other sapphire engagement rings in the royal family history.
Queen Elizabeth received a radiant Kashmir sapphire and diamond engagement ring and Princess Marina, duchess of Kent received a 7-carat square-cut sapphire engagement ring. The ring also had baguette diamonds and was set in platinum.
Alice, the duchess of Gloucester was another royal lady who received a sapphire engagement ring. Her ring had a princess-cut sapphire in the center. And Princess Anne’s sapphire ring had a diamond on each side. She was the first royal in 200 years who married a commoner.
Princess Alexandra, Princess Diana and now Princess Catherine have picked an oval sapphire engagement ring encircled by diamonds.
Former Kate Middleton’s engagement ring is a family heirloom which was given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles as an engagement present.
These are just few names associated with sapphire engagement rings. It’s true that the glamor and elegance of sapphire has just increased with time and with every passing day it will even shine more brightly.