Asscher cut, Art Deco style, with a contemporary twist: Introducing the Pippa Middleton engagement ringEver since she sashayed down the aisle at Westminster Abbey behind her sister Kate, Pippa Middleton has been my favourite fashionista sister. So when she got engaged to boyfriend James Matthews over the weekend (brother of Spencer Matthews from Made in Chelsea, I was dying to see what the Pippa Middleton engagement ring looked like.
And here it is!
What a beauty.
It’s Asscher cut (or octogan-shaped), step cut, and looks as large as a whopping 4 carats. This cut doesn’t have as many facets as a traditional princess cut, for example, which means the clarity and colour would need to be of the utmost quality in order to get it to really shine like it does.
The most famous Asscher-cut diamond was gifted to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton in 1968. It was a whopping 33 carats and is so infamous that it is now known as the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (formerly the Krupp Diamond).
The colour of the Pippa Middleton engagement ring is at least a G, while the clarity…well, as mentioned it needs to be pretty high for it to be that oh-so-sparkly.
Aside from the quality of the stone, the design is my favourite part (and not a million miles away from my own engagement ring – see my ring selfie here). It’s clearly Art Deco/vintage inspired, most likely platinum, and is finished with a halo of smaller diamonds giving it a contemporary edge – and making it look even bigger than it actually is (if that’s even possible). The halo means it’s probably a new ring rather than a vintage ring, as halos were rare in the 1920s.
Hatton Garden experts are guessing it could be worth more than £200,000 – not exactly affordable for your average bride, but expect to see a few high-street knock offs soon!
I definitely prefer Pippa Middleton’s engagement ring to her sister’s oval sapphire (formerly Princess Diana’s) for its vintage bling factor: a girl after my own heart.
The ring designer is yet to be revealed.