We already knew Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was special after hearing all of the sweet sentimental details that went into it, like the center stone from Botswana (a country the two visited together for Markle’s 36th birthday) and the smaller side stones from Princess Diana’s own jewelry collection that Prince Harry included “to make sure she’s with us on this crazy journey.” In fact, as People reports that the ring is SO special, experts have deemed it “priceless.”
As Michael Fried, the CEO of The Diamond Pro told the outlet, “There is no way for anyone to put a value on the whole ring. Having diamonds from the Royal collection that Princess Diana wore makes the ring priceless.”
The vice president of strategy and merchandising at ethically sourced jeweler Brilliant Earth, Kathryn Money, agreed, saying that while she estimates the yellow gold Cleve and Company ring to be roughly 6.5 carats in total, with a five-carat center stone, “This ring is truly priceless with unmatched cultural significance.
If Fried had to judge based on the cuts and clarity of the diamonds alone, however, the jeweler, who put the center stone closer to three carats, stated that a similar piece could cost up to roughly $350,000. “A three carat diamond like that should cost around $200,000, though the diamond qualities we non-Royal folk usually go with would allow us to get a [similarly] sized diamond for about $80,000.”
Amanda Winters of Blue Nile put a similar ring between $300,000 to $350,000 with perfect diamonds or $35,000 to $40,000 with mid-grade ones.
Whatever its cost, however, one thing’s for sure: It’s DEFINITELY one of a kind — just like Prince Harry and Markle’s love.
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