There's a rich history of colored stone rings to mark engagements or weddings in British royal history; Queen Victoria received an emerald serpent ring from Prince Albert, Queen Alexandra received a multi-stone ring from the future King Edward VII (of beryl, emerald, ruby, turquoise, jacynth, and a second emerald, spelling "Bertie", his nickname), Queen Mary was given a ruby ring by Prince Albert Victor (he passed away during their engagement and she ended up marrying his younger brother, the future George V). That tradition has continued, with diamond rings entering the mix mostly in the last generation or two.
Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother
Queen Elizabeth IIclick here to read more about this ring. She still wears it every day, alongside her Welsh gold wedding band.
Diana, Princess of Wales and the Duchess of Cambridge
The Duchess of Cornwall
The Princess Royal
Sarah, Duchess of York
The Countess of Wessex
Which one is your favorite?
Coming up next Friday: Part 2 of British engagement rings.
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