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William and Kate: A Legacy of Royal Jewels

Kate Middleton

And baby makes three! We would like to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Kate Middleton and Prince William for the safe arrival of their baby boy, George Alexander Louis. The pair walked out of the hospital together the day after the birth, introducing the future King of England to the world. Kate was glowing—yes, even more so than usual!
 
According to ABC news, Kate said the experience has been “very emotional,” and that any parent would “know what this feeling feels like.”
 
William added, “He’s got her looks, thankfully.”
 

A Royal Engagement Legacy

 
Jewelry has played a large role in the public and personal lives of this royal couple, beginning with Kate’s stunning sapphire halo engagement ring. This beautiful ring formerly belonged to the beloved Princess Diana, who selected it herself in 1981. The ring features a large oval blue sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds in 18K white gold.
 
About the ring, William said, “It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together. It was my way of makings sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
 
Jewelry takes on the life and memory of whoever owns it, turning it into a very emotionally charged item. William kept a firm grasp on the ring as he and Kate toured around Africa, as he was terrified of losing it. At week three he proposed to her out of the blue. The reemergence of this ring was exciting and hopeful, with only a touch of wistfulness. When Middleton walked out to announce their engagement wearing a stunning blue wrap dress that complimented her engagement ring, it sparked a fashion phenomenon. Kate had always been admired for her fashion choices, but that combination rocketed her to fashion icon status.
 
Sapphire Fancy Halo Diamond Ring
Sapphire halo rings (and sapphire and diamond rings in general) became an overnight sensation as people across the world realized that this royal style was completely accessible to them. Sapphire halo rings are available in a variety of gorgeous styles, from vintage inspired to classic to exceptionally glamorous. If you desire a perfect replica of the royal engagement ring, you also have the option to custom design your engagement ring. Pick the perfect sapphire and allow our custom design team to perfectly re-create Kate and Diana’s sunburst halo style.
 
You can also keep an eye out for antique sapphire halo engagement rings! Like Kate’s ring, antique engagement rings tell a story, and they are just waiting to witness yours.  Perhaps you will have your own ring to pass along someday!
 

The Royal Tiara on Loan

 
In 1936, The Duke of York (before he was King George VI), custom ordered a tiara for his wife, Elizabeth. For those of you unfamiliar with the royal lineage, this couple had a daughter:  Elizabeth, the current Queen of England. The Queen received the halo tiara as a gift when she was still a princess and the diamond encrusted tiara joined a stunning collection of royal jewels. The queen allowed Kate to wear this stunning headpiece for her wedding, finishing off her perfect ensemble. (Which, if you recall, sparked another bridal fashion obsession.) The Queen gave Diana a royal tiara as a wedding gift, so someday this stunning tiara may join Kate’s own collection of fairytale jewelry.
 

Diana’s Sapphire Earrings

 

Shortly after the pair married, William gave Kate his mother’s sapphire and diamond earrings, a near perfect match to her sapphire engagement ring. They were modified from studs into drop earrings, showing the true versatility of fine jewelry. (The queen has a large aquamarine necklace that can become a detachable brooch.) Our stunning sapphire halo stud earrings are designed to give a touch of this royal elegance. These sophisticated earrings feature beautiful sapphires surrounded by a circle of pavé-set diamonds.Sapphires The complementary sapphire halo pendant creates a regal set.
 

Jewelry for the Birth of the Royal Baby

 

Will Kate receive a piece of jewelry to commemorate the birth of her first child? The birthstone for the month of July is a ruby, so we will be keeping an eye out for a ruby mother’s ring, or perhaps even a pair of earrings or a necklace. Prince George of Cambridge shares this birthstone with his grandmother, making the ruby even more meaningful to this small new family.

 

Final Thoughts

 
What is your favorite piece of royal jewelry? Let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments!
 
 

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Comments:

Bobbie Wilson Says:
July 25th, 2013 at 8:29 am

I prefer white diamonds since they will go with
any color of clothes. Blue doesn’t go with green
or red dresses. Or even brown. Bobbie


J Neigel Says:
August 3rd, 2013 at 11:45 am

Sounds like the closest many will get to looking like ‘royalty’


C Lee Says:
August 3rd, 2013 at 12:15 pm

A piece of heirloom jewelry links generations of families together and can be the most beautiful sentiment that can be given to a loved one. Princess Diana’s engagement ring links a beloved mother to a beloved wife.


Jana Says:
August 4th, 2013 at 6:18 am

In India, the sapphire is believed to be a tricky gemstone. It could bring you great fortune or great misfortune. Depends on your horoscope and also on the particular piece of sapphire. People would bring the piece of jewelry home (on loan, so to speak) wear it for a week or two and see how things go in their lives. If all goes well, with no disasters, then they would buy it. If anything happens (even minor or some unusual but bad event event), the jewelry is returned.


Shirley Brown Says:
August 5th, 2013 at 7:30 am

I would just like to say that I am sick of hearing Kate called Kate Middleton. She is Catherine Elizabeth Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge, or Princess Kate.


Mikki Says:
August 5th, 2013 at 7:34 am

I prefer the big diamonds in the crown jewels. They would make great pendants, rings, or add to a brooch, and the two biggest ones taken out of the crown and scepter would make lovely earrings, albeit a tad too big. ;-)


Froggie Says:
August 5th, 2013 at 9:33 pm

I think that Diana’s ring goes with anything as the diamonds off-set the sapphire. I personally own a Royal Blue sapphire necklace on a white gold chain. And I think that a beautiful Ruby necklace will be the best addition to Kate’s collection and leave room for any additional siblings to come!


maggie Elaina Says:
August 6th, 2013 at 7:02 am

Please stop referring to her as Kate Middleton, she is now married with a title, to a future King of England.


Barbara R. Klisenbauer Says:
August 10th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

I also agree that they should not just call her Kate. She should be respected for her Royalty Status and be called Princess Kate at the least. Her and Prince William look so beautiful together. Very happy and in love. Now they have a beautiful baby boy Prince George. I am so happy for them and wish them all the happiness and great health as well. God Bless them all. Princess Diana would be so proud of them all. A beautiful caring Mother and now a beautiful caring Wife for Prince William.


Kathleen Says:
August 11th, 2013 at 6:15 am

Diamonds are vastly over rated. Sapphires have for eons been associated with Royals as they convey the sky (heaven) and any monarch is Supposed to be ruled by God. So what if it doesn’t match a particular outfit? In my unsolicited opinion, a stunning gemstone and rare, would be a naturally mined alexandrite. Princess Kate is fortunate to receive such a stunning and Lovely ring that was her mother in laws.


virginia mobley Says:
August 11th, 2013 at 7:40 am

The Diane’s ring is so perfect for Kate. She would have loved having Diana as a mother-in-law in her life. William keep protecting Kate and now your new born son. You and your wife are so down to earth. I am sure your mother is smiling down on you. God bless you.


JD Says:
September 8th, 2013 at 5:01 am

Sorry guys, Americans don’t care that she’s royal, she’s just another celebrity. We don’t think someone gets extra respect just because they married someone in particular.


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