There were more celebrations to be had in the Royal Household this week as it was announced that Princess Eugenie (the sixth grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II) was to marry her long-term boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank.
The surprise engagement took place in Nicaragua, without a ring. The reason being, Mr Brooksbank wanted his bride to 'sign it off' before purchasing the stunning piece of jewellery.
The ring, a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds and set on a gold band, is a similar shape to that of 27-year-old Eugenie's mother, Sarah Ferguson's, engagement ring which had a ruby as the central stone.
Incredibly rare, the padparadscha (pad-pah-raj-ah) sapphire is a dusty pink colour and is said to change colour.
Mr Brooksbank said: "What’s amazing about it is that it changes colour from every different angle that you look at it, which is what I think of Eugenie. That she changes colour and is just so amazing."
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We are able to source unusual gemstones from all over the world in order to ensure the customer receives exactly what is right for them.
And if nothing can be found as a ready made piece of jewellery, we can consult with you to have a stunning piece of jewellery made which is completely bespoke to the individual.
The very thing that makes Padparadscha sapphires so special is their unique colouring. It is perhaps best described as a delicate light to medium toned pink-orange to orange-pink hue – a mix of pink and orange – Salmon coloured. The Natural Sapphire company said the gem is named after the colour of a Lotus blossom.
Padparascha sapphires are mainly found in Sri Lanka, as well as Madagascar and Tanzania.
Padparadschas are often heat treated, as most sapphires are. But the beryllium diffusion process used to colour some orange and yellow sapphires cannot be used to produce a genuine padparadscha, since the subtle colour must be natural.