This month the spotlight is on the upcoming wedding celebrations of Princess Eugenie and Jack Brooksbank in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on the 12th of October. It will be the second royal wedding at the Chapel this year.
There is much excitement about what jewellery the Royal Princess will be wearing. The Princess is well known for her choice of hats during her royal obligations. Recent royal brides have stuck to the tradition of wearing tiaras with a family connection and it will be the first time Princess Eugenie has been pictured in regal headgear. When it comes to her choice of tiara, the York Tiara is a strong contender; the family heirloom was first worn by Eugenie's mother, Sarah, the Duchess of York, on her wedding day in 1986.
The design of Princess Eugenie's engagement ring bears a striking resemblance to the engagement ring given to her mother which featured a Burmese ruby. Princess Eugenie of York’s engagement ring is a padparadscha sapphire ring surrounded by diamonds.
The padparadscha sapphire is a special variety of the corundum species and very rare due to its limited supply, the scarcest of all is the natural variety with no sign of treatment. The finest padparadscha is found in Sri Lanka. The gemstone features a delicate colour that is a mixture of pink and orange; some define the gem's colour as a blend of lotus blossom and sunset. Mr Brooksbank apparently got down on one knee in front of a volcano as the sun was setting in Nicaragua, we can only imagine the colour of the skies, this sunset possibly reflects the colour of the stone of choice.
Heading down the aisle this year? Visit Berganza instore or online to view our collection of ancient, antique and vintage items. With one of the largest collections of period jewellery in the world, we have styles and pieces suitable for every bride.