On November 16, 2010, Prince William and Kate Middleton officially announced they were getting married after nearly 10 years together and several engagement rumors. While news of their engagement sent the media into a frenzy, what truly stirred up headlines was the ring Middleton now sported to commemorate this new life chapter. For some, her engagement ring was a beautiful piece of jewelry worthy to be donned by the future Queen Consort of the United Kingdom (according to the current line of royal succession), but for others, her rock evoked a sense of nostalgia, and rightfully so!
To propose, Prince William presented Kate with a 12-carat, oval Ceylon blue sapphire, framed by a halo of 14 diamonds and set in 18-carat white gold. If this description sounds familiar, it's because it's the same ring Prince Charles (now King Charles III) once used to propose to the late Princess Diana. “It’s my mother’s engagement ring, so I thought it was quite nice because, obviously, she’s not going to be around to share in any of the fun and excitement of all this,” Prince William shared during his post-engagement interview with ITV News. “This is my way of keeping her sort of close to it all.”
For decades, royal tradition encouraged members of the family to repurpose heirloom stones when sourcing their engagement rings. And though Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer broke with tradition (they found her famous sparkler from crown jeweler Garrard, which caused a bit of controversy), Kate's ring reestablished the history of the famed stone and aligned it with heirloom traditions.
Known as one of the most famous and recognized pieces of jewelry in modern history, people all over the world have sought to duplicate this magnificent engagement ring for their own wedding stories. And while the original piece will never be available to the public, to help you find a similar look, we've put together a list of the best Kate Middleton-inspired engagement rings available to shop now. Take a look below!
Emma Clarkson Webb Sadie Engagement Ring
Emma Clarkson Webb's Sadie engagement ring is the closest you'll get to a Kate Middleton-inspired sparkler. The ring features an oval-cut sapphire, a halo of diamonds, and an 18-carat white gold band, all of which replicate the Princess of Wales's stunning rock.
Modern Gents The Halo - Tanzanite
For couples on a budget, look no further than this option from Modern Gents. The beautifully designed ring features a lab-made, simulated Tanzanite center stone, set inside a halo of simulated diamonds. It's a royally inspired look for under $100.
Dolce & Gabbana Oval Aquamarine and Yellow Sapphire Ring
For a completely unique and modern take on Middleton's ring, this Dolce & Gabanna sparkler is truly a one-of-a-kind piece for the royal-loving bride-to-be. Between the oval-cut aquamarine center stone and the brilliant-cut yellow sapphire halo, we couldn't rave more about this Mediterranean-inspired, eye-catching piece.
Brilliant Earth Vintage Reproduction Sapphire and Diamond Halo Ring
Brilliant Earth's sapphire and diamond halo ring is an utterly romantic option for the vintage loving fiancé-to-be. The lab-grown blue stone radiantly stuns as it sits in the center of lab-created diamonds designed to emulate the shape of the sun.
Angara Oval Blue Sapphire Split Shank Halo Ring
Split shank engagement rings have been a beloved option for many couple's over the past few years, as this style enhances the appearance and details of a sparkler. In the case of this option by Angara, the blue sapphire is beautifully placed within a halo of diamonds, which are further accented with rows of mini pavé diamonds along the 4k white gold split band.
Trumpet & Horn Braswell Ring
This exquisite sparkler from Trumpet & Horn was a Victorian-inspired piece, and is one that draws many similarities to the Princess of Wales's current engagement ring. It features a midnight blue sapphire surrounded by a halo of 12 round brilliant cut diamonds, all perfectly set in 18k gold.
Jennie Kwon Designs Blue Sapphire Oval Poeme Ring
For a more delicate and customizable option, opt for Jennie Kwon Designs's Blue Sapphire Oval Poeme ring. This timeless piece boasts clusters of tiny baguette diamonds that frame an oval blue sapphire stone. Though this pared-back design looks incredible set in yellow gold, you also have the option to purchase your ring in either white or rose gold too.