Why Was Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Called the “Commoner’s Sapphire” and is it True She Picked it Our Herself?

Why Was Princess Diana’s Engagement Ring Called the “Commoner’s Sapphire” and is it True She Picked it Our Herself?

Sapphire, the September birthstone is coveted for its array of colors and durability. Along with other colored gemstones such as emeralds and rubies, sapphires have become popular alternatives to diamond engagement rings for symbolizing love, fidelity, and commitment. A holy stone given importance by members of the Catholic Church who believed that sapphires represented the heavens, it reached stratospheric popularity when the crown prince of England, Prince Charles proposed to a shy 19-year-old named Lady Diana Spencer in February 1981.

Contrary to the romantic mystique that surrounded the young couple, the engagement was anything but. Much has been said about the life and tragic death of the princess but the way the proposal was laid out should have been a clear sign that all was not well from the very beginning.

For starters, Prince Charles popped the question without a ring! Instead of presenting his future bride with a customary heirloom or bespoke piece, the prince gave the then Lady Diana a catalogue from Garrard (the Crown Jeweller at that time) to select a ring of her choice.

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The gesture raised a few eyebrows among royal watchers who felt that the future Queen of England should have been presented with something more unique, special and meaningful.  The ring was later dubbed in popular media as “The Commoner’s Sapphire” not because Diana was a commoner but because the ring itself was readily available for public consumption.


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