Pippa Middleton’s new engagement ring from fiancé James Matthews is “strikingly different” from the one big sister Kate received in 2010, writes People magazine, who asked a few London jewelers for their assessments of the sparkler. Pippa’s Asscher-cut ring is a “classic design with a distinctive Art Deco feel,” Elizabeth Galton, creative director at Mappin & Webb, told the entertainment news outlet. But Kate’s ring, the article says, has a sapphire center stone in an oval shape surrounded by diamonds, previously belonging to Princess Diana.
Galton elaborates: “The octagonal halo of sparkling channel-set diamonds gives it the perfect sense of modernity. Asscher-cut diamonds are step cut, which means there are fewer facets than other fancy shapes, such as a princess cut for instance. This means the clarity has to be of the very highest quality and close to flawless to show off the stunning structure of the diamond.”
The ring – the designer of which hasn’t yet been revealed – has an estimated value of more than $260,000, London jeweler David Christopher Allen told the outlet.
-Courtesy of People Magazine-