Kate Middleton blue sapphire and diamond ring beats Meghan Markle's
30th November 2020

Kate Middleton’s diamond and sapphire band pips Meghan Markle’s trilogy jewel to the top spot in poll to find world’s most popular engagement ring

  • Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire and diamond ring has been voted the world’s most popular engagement band with Meghan Markle’s coming in second place 
  • Duchess of Cambridge’s ring was previously owned by Princess Diana
  • Duchess of Sussex’s ring was designed by Prince Harry with his mother’s jewels 
  • Miley Cyrus, Hailey Bieber and Beyonce all featured in top five favourite rings 

Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire and diamond ring has been voted the world’s most popular engagement band with her sister-in-law Meghan Markle following in second place with her diamond trilogy ring.

The royal pair topped the poll of 2,000 adults with the Duchess of Cambridge’s sparkler – previously worn by her late mother-in-law Princess Diana – taking the the top spot with a fifth of the vote.

The 12-carat oval sapphire is surrounded by 14 natural diamonds and set on an 18k white gold band.

Meghan Markle’s engagement ring, which Prince Harry designed himself using a diamond from Botswana along with two others from Princess Diana’s personal jewellery collection, came second with 18 per cent.

Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire and diamond ring (left) has been voted the world’s most popular engagement band with her sister-in-law Meghan Markle  following in second place with her diamond trilogy ring (right)

The royal pair, pictured together in the royal box at Wimbledon in 2019, topped the poll of 2,000 adults with the Duchess of Cambridge’s sparkler – previously worn by her mother-in-law Princess Diana – taking the the top spot with a fifth of the vote 

Miley Cyrus’ diamond solitaire setting came third, which she wore during her short-lived marriage to Liam Hemsworth. 

Hailey Bieber’s oval diamond ring and Beyonce’s 18 carat emerald cut diamond completed the top five.

1. Kate Middleton’s oval blue sapphire engagement ring

2. Meghan Markle’s trilogy ring with a cushion cut centre diamond flanked by two smaller diamonds

3. Miley Cyrus’ solitaire setting ring

4. Hailey Bieber’s oval engagement ring

5. Beyonce’s 18 carat emerald cut diamond ring

6. Elizabeth Taylor’s Krupp diamond ring

7. Cardi B’s pear ring with two diamond halos

8. Demi Lovato’s multi-carat emerald cut ring with two smaller diamonds

9. Kim Kardashian’s 15-carat cushion-cut diamond ring

10. Paris Hilton’s Greene & Co 20 carat pear shaped diamond with smaller diamonds

The study, commissioned by the Natural Diamond Council, revealed that colourless white diamonds have stood the test of time with more than two thirds agreeing this would be their go-to colour. 

Lisa Levinson, of the Natural Diamond Council, said: ‘Kate Middleton’s ring is instantly recognisable with stunning white diamonds contrasting the strong blue colour of the sapphire.

‘In the study, the colour blue was second – beaten only by white – as the most popular shade of diamond for an engagement ring.

‘Pink diamonds – which came third in the list – are also having a ‘moment’ due to the recently closed Argyle diamond mine that has been the source of 90 per cent of pink diamonds in the world. 

‘Pink diamonds are extremely rare..’

‘Knowing that you are wearing a rare diamond forged one-three billion years ago by an awe-inspiring force of nature, is an empowering feeling.

‘Despite all the ways in which our society has evolved over the centuries, the diamond endures as the ultimate expression of love and commitment and the most beautiful way to mark life’s most precious moments.

‘The diamond industry itself has also changed over the past twenty years into a true blueprint for positive socioeconomic impact supporting the livelihood of 10 million people globally.

‘This challenging year has made us focus on what is most important in life and it was heartening to see from the survey that the majority of couples felt that lock down had brought them closer together.

‘I’m sure as always there will be lots of happy couples giving and receiving rings this engagement season.’

In third place was Miley Cyrus’s solitaire setting ring (pictured left) which she wore during her marriage to Liam Hemsworth, while Hailey Bieber’s sparkler  (right) came in third

She’s almost Queen B! Beyonce, who married producer and long-term collaborator Jay-Z in 2008 came fifth with her stunning 18 carat Emerald cut ring. She is pictured showing it off while leaving Nobu in New York in 2012

Clarity is considered the most important aspect of engagement diamonds, followed by the setting and uniqueness.

When it comes to size, the ideal was found to be 2.2 carats.

And the most sought-after diamond cut is a ’round brilliant’, showing that despite all the variety and choice available, a classic round large diamond is still the firm favourite.

The study also found 57 per cent of adults think engagement rings should be kept private, while only 13 per cent believe the diamond should be shared on social media.

She’s known for her very expensive taste with husband Offset gifting her $4M worth of diamond rings for her 27th birthday this year, and Cardi B’s engagement ring came seventh in the poll (left) behind Elizabeth Taylor’s dazzler (right0 

It’s third time lucky for Kim Kardashian (pictured) who has been with husband Kanye West for more than eight years after two failed marriages. And her ring seems to have too stood the test of time with it coming in ninth place of favourite celeb rings

Of the engaged and married couples polled, 16 per cent admitted they were disappointed with their ring due to the diamond not being big enough and  27 per cent said there’s was not unique enough.

But a safe 63 per cent chose their engagement ring together with their partner.

It also emerged a private jeweller was the most popular place to purchase an engagement diamond, above high street stores and  high-end jewellery brands.

The study, carried out via OnePoll, found the average engagement comes 26 months into a relationship.

Other life occasions people hope to be gifted a diamond are wedding anniversaries and after the birth of their first child (16 per cent). 

Neither of them made it down the aisle but that didn’t mean their rings weren’t lusted over far and wide. Paris Hilton (left) and Demi Lovato (right) just pipped their way into the top ten coming 10th and 8th respectively 

Diamonds fit for a Princess! The stories behind Meghan and Kate’s stunning engagement rings 

With its oval blue sapphire surrounded by a cluster of 14 diamonds, the ring Prince William gave Kate Middleton is among the most famous in the world.

Lady Diana Spencer chose it for her engagement to Prince Charles in 1981 from a selection presented to her by the then Crown jewellers Garrard of Mayfair. It cost £28,500 but, unusually for a choice by a member of the Royal Family, it was not unique and any member of the public could buy the same ring from the Garrard catalogue.

While not everyone could afford to buy such a rock – the large central stone is a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire and the solitaire diamonds elegantly surrounding it are set in 18-carat white gold – Diana’s choice sparked a trend for similar- looking rings.

Both Meghan’s ring (right) and Kate’s ring (left) have sweet links to their late mother-in-law Princess Diana 

Sapphires were one of the late princess’s favourite gemstones, and some commentators say she chose it because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring.

Before the Princess of Wales’s death in the 1997 Paris car crash, the ring was valued at more than £250,000 because of its connection to the royals, and in particular Diana.

 Speaking of the ring during his engagement announcement in 2010, William said ‘It’s very special to me. As Kate’s very special to me now, it was right to put the two together,’ he said. ‘It was my way of making sure my mother didn’t miss out on today and the excitement, and the fact that we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.’

Meanwhile, Meghan’s ring also has a link to Princess Diana, as it was designed from a piece of her jewellery.

At the time of their engagement in November 2017, Prince Harry spoke about creating Meghan’s engagement ring with the help of jewellers Cleave and Company.

Both Meghan  (right) and Kate (left) had rings inspired by Princess Diana, the sisters-in-law both thanked their husbands at the time for the rings

The custom design featured one diamond originally from Botswana and two smaller stones from Princess Diana’s collection.

‘The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favourite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewellery collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,’ The Duke of Sussex explained.

Meghan called it ‘incredible’, explaining: ‘Everything about Harry’s thoughtfulness and the inclusion of [Princess Diana’s stones] and obviously not being able to meet his mum, it’s so important to me to know that she’s a part of this with us.’

Prince William, Prince Harry, Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle are pictured at the Remembrance Sunday service at Westminster Abbey

‘It’s incredibly special to be able to have this [ring], which sort of links where you come form and Botswana, which is important to us. It’s perfect.’

The Duchess of Sussex also wears her wedding band, which is in yellow gold to match Prince Harry’s.

 However last year experts speculated that Meghan had redesigned her ring, after she was spotted wearing it while out doing official duty before Megxit this year. 

Royal watchers at Town and Country noted that on recent outings the Duchess has worn a different band. 

Original: Prince Harry proposed to Meghan in November 2017 with a glittering ring comprising of a solid yellow gold band set with three diamonds, pictured

Now: On recent outings the Duchess has worn a different band. At Trooping the Colour Meghan’s diamonds were set on a thinner, micro-pavé band, as seen above

Delicate: The new, thinner band, pictured is more in keeping with Meghan’s love of dainty jewellery. The Duchess also wears her wedding ring and a third diamond ring

Jewellery expert Arabel Lebrusan said the ring appears to have been changed, and suggested it was more American in style compared to the original engagement ring.

Arabel, owner the ethical jewellery brand Arabel Lebrusan, called the thinner band a popular trend at the moment, revealing: ‘Many celebrities do this, as the central stone looks bigger in comparison getting the wow factor.’

She now has little diamonds set down the sides of her engagement ring and the band also seems thinner than before.’

She also revealed that the glittering band only emphasised the Meghan’s diamonds, and added: ‘The diamond setting on the band looks like micro-set, this means there is very little metal in between the stones maximising the sparkle of the tiny diamonds.’

 She has also been seen with a third diamond band, which many royal watchers speculated could have been an anniversary gift or a ‘push present’ given to the royal by her husband after Archie’s birth.

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