Sophie Wessex and Edward: 'Spotlight' on couple says expert
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Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Prince Edward tied the knot in 1999 after being engaged for just a matter of months. The couple’s ceremony, which was attended by members of the Royal Family, took place in St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
The announcement of the engagement was made by Buckingham Palace.
It read: “The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are delighted to announce the engagement of their youngest son, Prince Edward, to Miss Sophie Rhys-Jones.”
The couple had met six year prior to their engagement at a tennis event in 1993.
They began their relationship soon afterwards.
When Prince Edward proposed to Sophie, he presented her with a gorgeous ring.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Head of Design at 77 Diamonds, Charlotte White, commented on the royal’s engagement ring.
She said: “The Countess of Wessex’s engagement ring given to her by Prince Edward was created by Garrad.”
Garrad was the first official Crown Jeweller of the UK, having supplied jewels for Queen Victoria herself.
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The jeweller also made Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring, which previously belonged to Princess Diana.
Charlotte added: “It appears to feature a large two carat oval diamond, complimented by two 0.4 carat trillion shaped diamonds on either set, set on a white gold band.
“At 77 Diamonds, an engagement ring of this style and quality – a D or E colour grade, and VVS clarity – would typically cost approximately £20,000.
“If purchasing this specification of ring at many other Mayfair jewellers, it would be priced in the region of £35,000.
“The style of engagement ring is known as a Trilogy ring.”
According to the expert, it has a very special meaning.
Charlotte said: “Traditionally, three central diamonds are said to represent the couple’s past, present and future, making it a very romantic and meaningful choice of design.”
Sophie also has a number of other rings in her collection although will always wear her engagement ring paired with her wedding band.
Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring, which is one of the most recognised rings around the world, is said to be worth a fortune.
Kate Earlam-Charnley, Design Director at Taylor&Heart said: “The royals have always led the way in terms of jewellery, especially engagement ring design.
“Kate Middleton – if she’s wearing it, everyone wants it! The Duchess of Cambridge wears Diana’s engagement ring as a sweet way to ensure Diana is with them at all times.”
Experts have valued the Duchess’ ring at around £400,000, though others say that given its history, could be worth a lot more.
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