"Neither the ruby nor the sapphire. They bring bad luck," said Sophie Rhys-Jones when asked to choose a stone for her engagement ring. Prince Edward's wife can be accused of superstition, but the facts are stubborn. Colored stones have never brought happiness to any Windsor bride.
The Curse of the Ruby
On December 3, 1891, Princess Victoria Mary of Teck (Elizabeth II's grandmother) got engaged to Prince Albert Victor. The eldest grandson and direct heir to the reigning Queen Victoria presented the bride with a beautiful gold ring encrusted with large oval rubies and small diamonds, along with a marriage proposal. However, on January 14, the 28-year-old groom suddenly died of influenza.
Mary had been Prince Albert Victor's bride for just over a month. All her plans for life changed overnight. She became a widow before becoming a wife. However, a year later, Mary did marry the future king, the younger brother of her late fiancé. "Spare" Prince George, ironically, ended up with not only his brother's crown, but also with his girlfriend, and the ruby ring that had been given to her on the occasion of their engagement.
It wasn't until more than half a century later that the next bride of the House of Windsor took the risk of choosing a ring with a ruby. The younger sister of Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret married photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, as it was then claimed, for love. Alas, Margaret's great love for Anthony did not last for a long time. Their marriage was full of ugly scandals and finally had worn itself out long before the couple officially divorced 18 years later. Despite Anthony's desperate attempts, Margaret could not forget her first love, and tried to handle the problem with alcohol, bohemian parties, and cheating on her husband.
The Fickle Sapphire
The first owner of a sapphire engagement ring among the Windsors was Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. Prince Albert gave his sweetheart a magnificent sapphire ring, which miraculously disappeared from Elizabeth's finger in 1936.
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Another royal bride, Lady Diana Spencer, wore her oval sapphire ring created by Garrard jewelers. It has become the most famous engagement ring in the world. There is no point in retelling this most famous story of love, infidelity, and hatred, which ended in tragedy in the Paris tunnel.
It is surprising that Princess Diana's son thought it was a good idea to give the ultimate symbol of his mother's broken heart and hopes to his fiancée. Or is it karma? After all, despite the image of a happy marriage, Kate and William also have their own "Camilla." Her name is Jecca Craig, and lucky for Catherine, Prince William's former love lives in South Africa.
When Jecca got married in March 2016, William flew to her wedding in South Africa, leaving his wife and children to celebrate Easter alone. Of course, that led to gossip in the media.
The Vicious Emerald
Edward's sweetheart never became queen, but she outshone all the Windsors by the size of her engagement ring stone. The king Edward VIII who abdicated the throne, hastened to cement his love for the divorced American woman with a magnificent gold ring with a 19.77-carat pale emerald surrounded by tiny diamonds all around.
Edward gave up the throne for the sake of the woman with tarnished reputation that neither the Court nor the people accepted.
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