Prince William on Engagement Ring: Carried it for Weeks

Congratulations to Prince William on his engagement to Kate Middleton! Honoring his late mother, The Prince recently announced the engagement ring he gave his new fiancé Kate Middleton was the same one Prince Charles once gave to Princess Diana. “I’d been carrying it around with me on my right side for about three weeks…” Prince William said in an interview with CNN. “I literally would not let it go. Everywhere I went I was keeping hold of it because I knew if this thing disappeared, I’d be in a lot of trouble. You hear a lot of horror stories about proposing and things go horribly wrong, but it went really, really well.”

The exquisite 18 carat diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring features an oval cut center surrounded by 14 brilliant cut white diamonds in a cluster setting. The sapphire alone is worth approximately $300,000 and the ring total is worth $500,000 retail. Sapphires are rarer than diamonds, but less expensive because the demand is lower. With blue sapphires all the rage once again, here’s a selection of our favorite diamond rings featuring an oval cut center that would make for a unique engagement ring:


Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: .86ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 4.56ctw


Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.60ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 1.91ctw


Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.95ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 3.62ctw


Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k Yellow Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.80ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 3.60ctw


Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.42ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 9.19ctw


Diamond and Blue Sapphire 18k White Gold Ring

Diamond Setting: 1.37ctw | Blue Sapphire Center: 2.39ctw