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The York engagement rings: Beatrice, Eugenie and Sarah

Whilst we wait for news on a wedding date for Princess Beatrice, we’re taking a look at the three rings presented to the York women on their engagements.

Sarah, Duchess of York

Prince Andrew’s engagement to Sarah Ferguson was announced on March 16, 1986, and her ring was highly buzzed about at the time. He presented his bride-to-be with a stunning ruby ring circled by diamonds from Garrard, rather similar in style to the sapphire worn by Diana, Princess of Wales. The ring reportedly cost £25,000 and is made from a Burmese ruby surrounded by 10 diamonds.

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“We came to the mutual conclusion that red was probably the best colour for Sarah,” Prince Andrew said in their engagement interview. “That’s how we came to the choice of the ruby. The extra bits around the outside, we wanted something that was slightly unconventional.”

Princess Eugenie

When Princess Eugenie became engaged to Jack Brooksbank in 2018, one thing that stood out was the similarity of her ring to her mother’s. Eugenie’s ring is made from a very rare padparadscha sapphire, a pink stone also known as a “lotus blossom” sapphire that can be found in Sri Lanka, Madagascar and Tanzania. According to Channel 4’s Posh Pawn, the ring is estimated to be worth around £100,000.

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The centre stone is surrounded by diamonds, just like her mum’s, and it is reported that Jack designed the ring himself in a similar fashion to the Duchess of York’s.

“I went and found an amazing padparadscha sapphire but then didn’t want to do anything until Eugenie had signed off on it,” Jack said in their engagement interview.

Princess Beatrice

And now Princess Beatrice has her own royal wedding coming up, after receiving a gorgeous diamond ring from Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in September. Unlike her sister’s and mother’s engagement rings, Beatrice’s ring looks more similar to The Queen’s, and features a round centre diamond surrounded by two tapered diamond baguettes. Jewellery expert Tobias Kormind told that he estimated the ring to be worth around £60,000.

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Edoardo designed the ring with jeweller Shaun Leane, who said it filled him “with great pride” to create a ring that will “become a part of history.”

“I am so honoured Edoardo chose to work with me to design the engagement ring for Princess Beatrice and to have been involved in this special moment in their lives,” Leane said in Harper’s Bazaar. “The bespoke experience was a beautiful journey; from imagining the design with Edoardo to the crafting of the finished rings. Being able to incorporate both Edoardo and Princess Beatrice’s characters into the design has resulted in a unique ring that represents their love and lives entwining.”

About author

Kristin is Chief Reporter for Royal Central and has been following the British royal family for more than 30 years. Kristin has appeared in UK and U.S. media outlets discussing the British royals including BBC Breakfast, BBC World News, Sky News, the Associated Press, TIME, The Washington Post, and many others.