Undeniably, emotions are still at an all-time high due to the recent royal wedding of Prince Harry and Ms. Meghan Markle, a marriage witnessed by the whole world. It’s crazy when you think about how their relationship started, right? I mean, a friend introduced them; can my friends step up and set me up with a Prince, please? But this wedding was a huge milestone. He not only didn’t marry someone of royalty, but also an American! Last time this happened in the British royal family, Prince Edward had to abdicate the throne! (Thanks, The Crown, which if this whole British royalty thing tickles your fancy, be sure to binge The Crown on Netflix and watch how Queen Elizabeth came to be.)
Anyways, I’m off topic. Thanks to the royal wedding, other couples are getting excited about their own engagement and upcoming nuptials. Many are comparing their own happily ever afters and putting themselves in Meghan’s size 7 shoes, which are probably glass slippers, who are we kidding?
Now, if you are thinking of taking inspiration from Prince Harry’s proposal, first start by considering the engagement ring. The first step in every engagement is the actual acquisition of the ring. When it comes to Meghan’s ring, there was a lot of thought involved.
THE Engagement Ring
Unsurprisingly, the prince added a very personal touch with the engagement ring given to Meghan. It was reported in an interview that the ring was designed by the prince himself – a stunning yellow gold custom ring, with a center stone and diamonds on the side, as seen below.
Another interesting fact about the ring is that the side diamonds came from Princess Diana’s own collection. This was done with the thought that the prince’s mother would be not only at the wedding, but together in their journey as a couple (aw). The main stone was sourced from Botswana, the place where they stayed for Meghan’s birthday, but also where Harry spent a lot of his childhood growing up. It is also set on a golden band, which is reported to be Markle’s favorite.
The truth is, Meghan Markle’s engagement ring was around $350,000, so many Americans may not have that much cash lying around (average is around $5-$7,000 for a ring)! However, for the rest of us who don’t have this kind of money, what can we take from his proposal and apply it to our own?
We know the price of the ring, but what else did Prince Harry do that made the engagement feel like a fairytale (besides being actual British royalty)? Well, the first thing that we should consider in moving forward with our own proposals, is giving the engagement a personal touch. Consider what you and your partner hold dear about your relationship. Maybe you could also look into sourcing a stone from a place that is meaningful to both of you? It’s a personal touch that will let them know that you’re the one.
Maybe your partner values family, so you may want to incorporate your, or your partner’s, parents in the concept of the ring. A custom ring made from pieces of family heirlooms can be meaningful and romantic. Harry set a high standard, just do your best to give your partner a ring they will cherish forever.
Would your lucky lady want a gold band, like Meghan’s?
If you don’t want to splurge for a customized ring, you can still search for the perfect ring that holds meaning to both you and your partner. We know that gold was Meghan’s favorite band, given that, you can also try to incorporate the things that your partner likes about jewelry. Silver matches cool-toned people, where as gold compliments darker skin tones. You could also consider setting the ring with a birthstone. Gemstones are all the rage right now and are always an alternative to diamonds.
Or you could incorperate both diamonds AND gemstones like the one above
Are you in need of the perfect ring for your engagement? Hit us up for a great selection at a great price! We also do customized rings, so if you like the style of one band but want to combine it with the setting of another, we can do it! Come on in to see how.