The engagement ring of Lady Di is quite possibly the most tragic piece of jewelry on the planet. And it may be the most replicated item of all time.
Diana Spencer and Prince Charles announced their engagement in February 1981. They were supposedly “over the moon” in love with one another but actually they behaved awkwardly in front of the press. He, as the older royal, seemed just a bit too remote and she, the the young aristocrat, was clearly unsure of herself. Their public discomfort was attributed to royal “formalities” or “nerves.” All would be better when they were married.
The star of this event was Diana’s dazzling sapphire engagement ring. Her choice was certainly surprising. In certain corners of the empire it was deemed as inappropriate. Instead of having a ring designed uniquely for her, Diana chose one from a Garrard catalog which was available to anyone with the means. Never the less, the ring was beautiful, consisting of a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire encircled by 14 solitaire diamonds and set simply in 18-karat white gold.
Beautiful engagement rings do not guarantee marital happiness. Even though she was spiteful in exposing their secrets to the realm Diana’s fractured marriage was not her fault. She wasn’t let in on the big secret. Prince Charles loved another woman that he could never marry, but he just couldn’t give her up. When things did not work out for him with Diana, and after producing the two perfunctory heirs, he back turned his back on the needs of his very insecure wife.
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#08 SUN SCO
OUTWARDLY this royal relationship was judged “a good match” since the Sun Signs of Charles and Diana were both of the water element. He was a Scorpio and she was a Cancer, so they both functioned greatly through their emotions. Had the two of them shared their intimate feelings, their marriage might have had a chance. He remained remote and she apprehensive. Unfortunately under stress Scorpios scheme and Cancers shut down. And that is exactly what happened.
As to their Day Rays, Prince Charles was born on Sunday and Lady Diana is Saturday’s child. Sunday types like to feel they are right even when they are not. Saturday types take things too seriously. These two high-profile individuals were unable to mesh their personal needs from their royal duties. Charles had to find a royal wife and continue the royal lineage. Diana was fine about producing an heir, yet she also yearned for romantic love. This arrangement was doomed.
The sapphire ring is now on the hand of Kate Middleton, the lovely wife of one of Diana’s sons. It is considered one of the most valuable pieces of jewelry on earth, not particularly because of its distinctiveness, but as a matter of sentimentality. Just to speak of Diana’s Ring brings up all our feelings about her broken heart, failed marriage and unexpected death. Keep in mind that Diana adored this ring. It did not create her suffering. Like a talisman It simply helped her to appreciate and withstand her difficult Saturn life.
Kate Middleton was also born on
a Saturday and takes things seriously.
Will Lady Diana’s Ring also be of
inspiration to her?