Sophie, Countess of Wessex news: Meghan Markle and Princess Diana ring has link to royal
The oversized ring has a square aquamarine jewel perched on a silver band.
The choice of jewel could have an important meaning, 77 Diamonds managing director Tobias Kormind stated.
Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “These images depicting the nonchalant, empowering glamour of a handsomely sized cocktail ring hold particular allure at the moment, reminding us of times when we can get dressed up and feel special.
“The meaningful, century-old symbolism behind these gems also brings a sense of hope for the future.”
Sophie is not the only royal to sport such a jewel and Princess Diana notably had a similar piece. The Princess of Wales wore the ring on her engagement finger following her divorce from Prince Charles.
The expert added: “Princess Diana wore a 24-carat aquamarine gem, worth about £30,000 to £40,000 due to its provenance. Our bespoke service would be able to create this same design by sourcing a similar aquamarine gem for around £18,000.”
The oversized gem was part of her private collection and was most recently spotted on Meghan Markle.
The Duchess of Sussex displayed the bold jewel as she headed to the reception on her wedding day in 2018.
“The most sought after aquamarines have an intense ocean-blue colour and are completely clear of internal marks or inclusions.”
Sophie has worn her ring on various occasions and, like the ring previously owned by Princess Diana, it could be worth a small fortune.
Tobias stated: “Countess Sophie’s ring is about 20-carat, and should be worth around £16,000.
“Her ring seems to be set with two side gemstones, in a trilogy design.”
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The royal line of succession – who outranks who?
The line of succession to the British throne dictates the order in which each member of the Royal Family would ascend to the throne.
It is also seen as a ranking of importance with the head of the line, the Queen, taking the place of ruler.
Older children come before younger children. Traditionally boys came before girls, but this law was changed on 26 March 2015 before the birth of Prince William’s first child.
Incredibly, Catholics are still excluded from the line of succession, as are children born outside of wedlock.
The royals, who usually stick to a strict protocol when appearing in public, often arrive at events in ascending order of importance, with the most important royal arriving last.
Prince Charles, 72, is currently first-in-line to the British throne, followed by Prince William, 38, his oldest son.
Then comes Prince William’s children, George, seven, Charlotte, five, and Louis, two, and they are followed by Prince Harry, 36. Prince Harry is succeeded by his son Archie Harrison, born in May 2019.