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One Mother, Two Children: Who Gets the Engagement Ring?

The British royal family lives a life of unbelievable wealth and luxury – yet even their lavish lifestyle isn’t enough to keep them from facing the same sort of challenges we experience in our own lives. For example, what happens when you have one piece of heirloom jewelry and several children?

Princess Diana Dancing

Princess Diana’s blue sapphire engagement ring is one of the most famous pieces of jewelry in the world; she has two sons, William and Harry. Obviously, they both can’t give the same engagement ring to their beloveds. It’s a quandry many families face.

The royals found a beautiful solution, but it’s not the only one available. Custom jewelry makes it possible to continue and enhance your family’s legacy. Keep reading to learn how:

Prince William, Duchess Kate, Prince Harry & Meghan Markle

Prince William, as the oldest son and the more direct heir to the throne, inherited his Mother’s engagement ring and presented it to his bride-to-be, Kate Middleton. When Prince Harry found his intended, Meghan Markle, he had several options when it came time to present her with an engagement ring.

Prince Harry created a custom engagement ring for Meghan Markle using a beautiful diamond the couple had purchased during a vacation trip to Botswana as the center stone; flanking it are smaller diamonds selected from another piece of Princess Diana’s jewelry collection. The result is so breathtaking that many are submitting requests to create replicas of the look.

Your Family’s Heirlooms: Custom Jewelry Options

Engagement Ring in Rose

If your family has one cherished piece of heirloom jewelry and several children who all want it, one option is to have a jeweler custom craft exact replicas of the original piece. Another option, and one that’s slightly more popular, is to have a custom engagement ring made using the original heirloom ring as inspiration, with customized to reflect the bride’s preferences.

A third option is to do as Prince Harry did: turn to the family’s jewelry collection to see if there are other pieces that could be remade or integrated into a new custom engagement ring. While not every family will have a collection the size of Princess Diana’s to turn to, it may be that there are other pieces of jewelry, such as a right hand ring, anniversary band or even diamond stud earrings with the potential to serve beautifully in a new engagement ring.