Princess Diana’s £110,000 engagement ring was reportedly considered not “fitting for a royal bride”.
She chose the sapphire ring herself from Garrard, the Crown Jeweller at the time, shortly after her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981.
But it was said to have left some members of the Royal Family “unhappy” she had chosen something that was not unique.
The Ceylon sapphire stone, surrounded by diamonds set in white gold, was selected from shop stock.
One theory is she chose it as it was the “biggest”, according to Vogue.
Critics pointed out anyone with the money “could have purchased the same ring for themselves”, the publication added.
The piece of jewellery remains the most expensive British royal engagement ring to date.
According to the Telegraph, the “non-unique” nature of the item was seen by some critics as “not fitting for a royal bride”.
Despite the controversy, her sons, Prince Harry and Prince William, valued the ring.
Diana continued to wear it even after her marriage to the Prince of Wales broke down.
William gave it to his now-wife Kate Middleton as her engagement ring.
Hit Netflix show The Crown featured a scene where Diana chose her own ring.
Tobias Kormind, managing director of Europe's largest online diamond jeweller, 77 Diamonds, said the choice of ring was “unusual”, the Express reports.
The decision “was unusual among royal circles in the sense that it wasn't a bespoke commission created especially for her”, he added.
He said: “William later explained that by gifting this ring to Kate, it would be his way of making sure his mother was part of the excitement of their engagement and the fact that he and Kate would be spending the rest of their lives together.
“Nowadays, Kate is always seen wearing this now legendary and precious ring.”
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