10 INCREDIBLE THINGS WE LEARNED TALKING TO THE ROYAL JEWELER

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The story behind Princess Diana’s engagement ring is magical

When you think of the British Royal Family, you likely think of luxury, lovely taste in massive hats, and gorgeous jewelry. The royals have a veritable arsenal of priceless tiaras, rings, necklaces, and brooches—and much of it was made by royal jewelry designers House of Garrard—the oldest jeweler in the world (established in 1735), who have been involved in every single monarch’s royal wedding since their inception.

Marie Claire spoke to House of Garrard in a quest to find out more about the royal family’s jewelry, and came away with a slew of delightful facts.

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“Queen Victoria absolutely loved sapphires, so Prince Albert always used to buy her sapphires. There’s a very famous sapphire brooch which Queen Elizabeth wears regularly, passed down from Queen Victoria. That was the inspiration for the sapphire engagement ring that the Duchess of Cambridge wears. Prince Charles had always seen this beautiful sapphire brooch of his mother’s, which House of Garrard had created. When he went to House of Garrard he saw that ring, and thought it was perfect.”

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