Man Gold Nugget Ring?
Q: someone from the firm of Asprey&Gerrard has let it slip out that William was in and purchased a ring... Is he ready to pop the question to some fortunate young woman?
A: Actually Diana's ring was made for her. She chose the saphire and then it was set for her/Charles. From memory it was worth 45,000 pounds at the time. It was indeed her engagement ring, but FWIR it cost ??28,000 and Diana picked it out from a tray that was brought round by Garrards -- it was the biggest one in the assortment, apparently. I haven't been able to find any cites for that, although I do remember reading it. What I find is that until Edward and Sophie the gold for British royal wedding rings all came from the same mine. http://www.etoile.co.uk/Events/ESWedding.html#Rings That & the fact that if he has any sense, like his father did, he'll have a selection brought in for *her* to pick! Nothing worse than sticking your bride with a ring she may not like. I believe one of the other brothers had one designed to the bride's sepcifications, but I fofget whether it was Andrew or Edward. A move even smarter than Charles'. I don't remember that at the time. I remember reading about the tray being brought in and her choosing the biggestone there (I forget which biographer wrote it, but her description of Diana's decision was "sensible." I had to laugh - Charles isn't known for his lavish gift giving. Then again, I don't think any of them are....) I think *Sarah's* ring may have been the one made for her.
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