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Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring from Jack Brooksbank ‘rarest jewel’ in Royal Family

On January 22, 2018, Buckingham Palace announced Princess Eugenie was engaged to Jack Brooksbank. The second daughter of the Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York. The royal had been dating the wine merchant for eight years after meeting in Verbier, a ski resort in Switzerland. While Eugenie and Jack were both vacationing in Nicaragua, Jack made a surprise proposal to the Queen’s granddaughter in front of a volcano and presented her with a stunning engagement ring. The jewel is said to be one of the Royal Family’s rarest and Steven Stone‘s jewellery expert Maxwell Stone revealed why. 

At the time, Jack, whilst on BBC’s The One Show, explained why he chose the jewel. 

“It changes colour when it hits certain lights, much like Eugenie,” he said. 

So why is Princess Eugenie’s sapphire engagement ring one of the rarest Royal family jewels? 

Padparadscha sapphires are incredibly rare, much rarer than diamonds and many blue sapphires.

Maxwell said: “These are extremely rare stones which many people haven’t even heard of. 

Taking a close look at Eugenie’s ring, Maxwell continued: “The centre stone is an oval cut Padpardscha sapphire, which looks to be around three to four carats. 

“This is by far one of the rarest gemstones in the world, thanks to its unparalleled salmon hue.

“It is surrounded by 10 brilliant cut diamonds and two pear cut diamonds, which do a remarkable job of emphasising the sapphire, to create an eye-catching finish.”

As for where the jewel originates from, the expert said: “This sapphire is mainly obtained in Sri Lanka and resembles the area’s peach coloured flowers.

“The term “Padparadscha” is derived from the Sinhalese word ‘padmaraga’ for ‘aquatic lotus blossom’, denoting an extraordinary combination of both pink and orange all rolled into a one of kind gemstone.”

The ring specialist added: “Clarity is an important element for padparadscha because their light tones easily reveal inclusions – you can see from the traditional cut, this stone is very clear and has a good saturation of colour.

“Pink and orange tones have become increasingly popular for engagement rings recently, and can also be achieved using morganite as a less expensive alternative…

“However, no expense was spared on Eugenie’s ring, which I would estimate to be worth around £100,000 to £120,000,” Max revealed. 

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