From the snake to the flag of France: 6 most unusual engagement rings of monarchs

Engagement rings of titled persons seem to be a stronghold of traditions, but not everything is so simple. Sometimes princesses and queens wear ornaments in the form of snakes and even flags of other states. Let’s consider the most curious cases.

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Queen Victoria, the second half of the XIX century; Princess Eugenie with her fiance, January 22, 2018; Queen Margrethe II, January 14, 1972

The cut, color and purity of royal engagement rings have always aroused the interest not only of specialists, but also of the general public. However, sometimes models look so unexpected that everything else fades into the background. We tell you about the most unusual engagement rings of royals from different European dynasties.

Queen Victoria’s Snake Ring

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

A photograph of Queen Victoria taken by Alexander Bassano to commemorate her golden jubilee in 1887

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Queen Victoria’s Engagement Ring, 1890s

Queen Victoria’s snake-themed engagement ring may seem a little unusual for that conservative era, although today it could easily be seen on someone from the stars. The gemologist of Prestige Pawnbrokers Alexandra Mitchell told about it in the program on Channel 4: “The most unusual and interesting, in my opinion, engagement (both in terms of the ring and in the circumstances) “it’s Queen Victoria’s engagement. Because of his [Albert’s] position and the fact that Victoria was queen at that time, Albert could not propose to her, so instead Victoria proposed to Albert. This union was a happy marriage of love and strategy. Albert gave Victoria a ring for their wedding in 1840, which he designed himself.”

As you know, Prince Albert loved to work on the design of jewelry for his beloved. And this time he showed a special imagination. Alexandra Mitchell continued: “It was based on a symbolic snake and studded with various precious stones. The coiled snake itself was a historical symbol of eternal love dating back to antiquity. It was made of yellow gold, with ruby eyes, a diamond mouth, as well as a diamond and a large emerald embedded in the head. The emerald was even more important because it was the Victoria Stone. It is said that Victoria wore the ring during her lifetime and was even buried with it when she died, expressing boundless love for Albert even after death.”

The ring “you and me” by Queen Margrethe

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Queen Margrethe II

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Margrethe’s engagement ring, July 6, 2007

Queen Margrethe II of Denmark still wears her engagement ring, which she received from her husband, the late Prince Henrik. The jewelry is known as the “toi et moi” ring and is decorated with two huge diamonds. Recently, this style has become popular among the stars again, replacing the engagement model with one large stone that has become familiar. According to Alicia J Diamonds CEO Alison Cooper, “Toi et moi translates from French as “you and me”, and these rings are always decorated with two precious stones, usually mounted on the end of a ring that wraps around a finger.” In Margrethe’s case, these are two large square-cut diamonds in yellow gold, which are always accompanied by Her Majesty’s signature scarlet manicure.

Pink Sapphire of Princess Eugenie

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank on the day of the engagement announcement

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Evgenia’s engagement ring, January 22, 2018

Princess Eugenie made her debut in a sapphire engagement ring by getting engaged to Jack Brooksbank in 2018, but the Queen’s granddaughter’s sapphire is noticeably different from the usual blue color that this gem is known for. Thomas Schreck, founder of The Natural Gem, explained: “Princess Eugenie’s engagement ring is as stunning as it is exotic, it consists of a Welsh gold ring decorated with a sapphire padparaj surrounded by diamonds. This is a really spectacular ring that combines tradition and a modern approach to an Art Deco engagement ring.”

Developing the design of jewelry, Jack Brooksbank definitely drew attention to the style of the ring of his beloved’s mother, the Duchess of York, however, instead of a scarlet ruby, he chose a pink sapphire. “The stunning Padparaja sapphire is one of the rarest gems in the world, and it can mainly be found in Sri Lanka, Tanzania and Madagascar,” Thomas said. — Because of its beautiful pinkish-orange glow, we can understand why it is so popular. The name itself means “flower” in Sanskrit, and perhaps it served as a source of inspiration for the design of the ring, which bears a striking resemblance to a flower.”

Wallis Simpson’s Emerald Ring

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Wallis Simpson, 1936

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Wallis Simpson’s engagement ring, 1936

In 1936, King Edward VIII abdicated to marry Wallis Simpson, and chose a stunning emerald ring for her. Claire Beatson, general manager of Nightingale, spoke about this iconic jewelry: “For lovers of colored gems, the charming emerald engagement ring that Edward VIII gave Wallis Simpson is a special sight. However, the beauty of this engagement ring was, unfortunately, overshadowed by the scandal associated with his abdication from the throne and his marriage to a twice divorced American woman. The 19-carat octagonal-cut emerald was set in 18-carat yellow gold from 14 leaf-shaped claws decorated with diamonds, and it bears the infamous engraving “We are ours now 27 X 36″, referring to the date of the proposal on October 27, 1936, just a few weeks before his abdication on December 10.”

Crown Princess Mary’s ring with the Danish flag

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Crown Princess Mary, 2009

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Crown Princess Mary’s Ring, 2017

Crown Princess Mary of Denmark wears an engagement ring with the image of the Danish flag, which she received from Crown Prince Frederik. Two rubies and a central diamond were arranged to resemble the flag of Denmark, and later two additional diamonds were added on each side to enhance the similarity. It is also believed that the five precious stones symbolize Mary’s husband and their four children.

Princess Marie’s ring with the French flag

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Princess Marie, September 27, 2021

От змеи до флага Франции: 6 самых необычных помолвочных колец монарших особ

Princess Marie’s Ring, September 27, 2021

Princess Marie of Denmark owns a truly unique piece of jewelry, which was presented to her by Prince Joachim. Marie’s engagement ring on a wide gold base is decorated with three oblong stones: ruby, diamond and sapphire. And it’s not for nothing that reminds you of the tricolor – the stones reflect the French flag, since Marie is from France, and Joachim’s father Prince Henrik was also a Frenchman. Unlike Mary’s daughter-in-law, Marie wears the flag of her homeland on her ring finger, not the country of her chosen one. Women are often compared in many ways and even called “Danish Megan and Kate”.

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