The last few days all the public attention is focused on Pippa Middleton’s engagement ring. Some people have even managed to assess its possible value and the quality of the diamonds.
Although the name of the jeweler who created the ring for Duchess Kate Middleton’s younger sister is still being kept secret, some jewelers don’t mind speculating about how generous Pippa’s fiancé James Matthews was and how much he gave for the precious gift for his beloved.
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According to jeweler Annoushka Dukas, whose eponymous brand has long been a favorite of the Middleton family. Furthermore, Dukas believes this design will be as relevant 50 years from now as it is today, and if Matthews chose it himself, he did just fine.
The creative director of 77 Diamonds, David Christopher Allen, also had time to give his opinion on Pippa’s ring. He believes that a white gold or platinum ring with a center diamond of at least 3 carats, made in the Art Deco style, can be just as successful as a vintage ring as a custom-made one.
It doesn’t point to any particular jewelry house or designer, but rather to an era. When the movie The Great Gatsby came out a few years ago, Tiffany & Co. released a whole collection of matching pieces. Style is more important here than the brand.David Christopher Allen
David also added that judging by the size of the central stone and the octagonal “halo” surrounding it, the ring must be very expensive and worth more than $260,000.
This is the Usher cut, and in order for it to look its best, it should only be used on the highest quality diamonds. If the stone is flawless, then the value could be around £200,000 ($263,000).David Christopher Allen
Elizabeth Galton, creative director of Mappin & Webb, was in full solidarity with Allen on the matter, sharing that Usher cuts usually have fewer facets than, for example, the classic round, so the stone must have the highest clarity to be worthy of such jewelry. Guy Burton of Hancocks & Co. suggested that the stone must be at least G grade or higher in color; otherwise, the center diamond would lose out to the surrounding precious halo.