The hidden meaning behind Countess Sophie's £105k engagement ring

Countess Sophie has one of the most extravagant engagement rings in the Royal Family - with a special link to Princess Diana

 Sophie, Countess of Wessex attends day 2 of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 15, 2022 in Ascot, England.
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Countess Sophie's engagement ring is a stunning piece of jewelry and one of the most extravagant in the Royal Family - but did you know it also has a link to Princess Diana?

Countess Sophie's beautiful and romantic engagement ring was designed by British royal jeweler Garrard, the man behind some of the Royal Family's most impressive pieces of jewelry. Gerrard also designed Princess Diana's iconic sapphire engagement ring and Sarah Ferguson's Burmese ruby.

It's unclear whether Prince Edward realized at the time the special royal links his chosen engagement ring had, but it's touching to know that there's a tradition associated with this stunning piece of jewelry.

Sophie Wessex engagement ring

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The ring features a two-carat central oval diamond, with two heart-shaped diamonds either side and is reported to be worth around £105,000 ($149,000).

Countess Sophie is known for sporting beautiful jewelry to accessorize her perfectly-turned-out outfits. Sophie was recently spotted at Ascot wearing a stunning brooch, where comparisons were made to the Queen and her love of brooches.

While her engagement ring bears little resemblance to the late Princess Diana's, it does bear resemblance to Her Majesty's engagement ring.

The wedding of Prince Edward and (then-called) Sophie Rhys-Jones took place on 19 June 1999 in St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle and the wedding was a simple, intimate affair. 

Having said this, a huge 200 million viewers tuned in to watch the royal wedding, which saw Sophie in a beautiful Samantha Shaw dress and glittering tiara, which was said to be on loan from Her Majesty's private collection.

Lauren Hughes

Lauren is the former Deputy Digital Editor at woman&home and became a journalist mainly because she enjoys being nosy. With a background in features journalism, Lauren worked on the woman&home brand for four years before going freelance. Before woman&home Lauren worked across a variety of women's lifestyle titles, including GoodTo, Woman's Own, and Woman magazine.