The eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York - Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson - granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II and latest newsworthy royal millennial, Princess Beatrice of York, became engaged earlier this month to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. Mozzi enlisted contemporary British jewelry designer Shaun Leane to create the princess’ diamond and platinum engagement ring.
"I worked with Edo closely for the past four to five months," Leane said in an interview. "He wanted the fusion of two elements in one ring, his love of Art Deco and Princess Beatrice’s love of Victorian style, so it’s a mix of both aesthetics." The ring consists of a 2.5-carat round-cut diamond at the center, flanked by smaller round brilliants and two tapered baguette-cut diamonds totaling 0.75 carats. The diamond-studded band is made of platinum, and has been designed in Leane’s signature style. The ring is valued at an estimated price of £60,000 (roughly $74,000).
Leane said he sourced the stones himself, ensuring they were ethically sourced from Botswana, while the ring was made by the finest goldsmith at his London workshop. “We documented the process every day, starting with the melting of the platinum, and we sent pictures to Edo every other day,” he said, adding that he’ll also be designing the couple’s wedding bands. The designer is one of Great Britain’s most celebrated contemporary jewelry talents. Leane got his starting training at the bench in London’s Hatton Garden jewelry district.