Designers behind Meghan Markle's engagement ring refuse to create replicas

When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their engagement, all we could think about was her ring. Set on a gold band, the cushion diamond from Botswana is sandwiched between two outside diamonds from Princess Diana's personal collection. In including his mother's jewels, it was a way for Prince Harry to bring Di along for the ride. 

RELATED: Here's the little-known history behind Duchess Kate's sapphire blue engagement ring

Harry designed the ring alongside royal jeweler Cleave and Company, who recently opened up about the incredibly "secretive" process of making the ring and how the proposal brought international attention to their business. 

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Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
Prince Rainier III of Monaco announced their engagement in January 1956. The royal proposed to the actress with a stunning Cartier eternity band. 
Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier
The 10.5-carat diamond, surrounded by two baguettes was the second ring given by Prince Rainier. The first ring was a simple eternity band embellished with diamonds and rubies.  
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel

Daniel Westling and Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden announced their engagement on February 24, 2009 in Stockholm, Sweden. 

Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden and Prince Daniel
The simple and single solitaire was a break from the traditional gold bands many brides sport in Sweden. However, on her wedding day, Victoria was presented with an additional diamond wedding band. 
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
Prince Philip proposed in 1947 with a simple 3-carat solitaire surrounded by 5 diamonds on each side. 
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip
The ring featured diamonds taken from the tiara of Philip's mother, Princess Andrew of Greece. It was reportedly far too large for Elizabeth, who had it resized quickly to announce her engagement. 
Prince Charles and Princess Diana

Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer announced their engagement in London on Feb. 24, 1981. He proposed with a 12-carat blue sapphire ring that was surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds, made by famed jewelers Garrad. 

It cost $36,000 to make at the time. 

Prince William and Duchess Kate
In 2010, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton with the same ring.
Prince William and Duchess Kate

The blue sapphire and diamond ring is reportedly worth $500,000 today. 

King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia
Crown Prince Felipe of Spain proposed to Letizia Ortiz on November 6, 2003. 
King Felipe of Spain and Queen Letizia

The non-traditional eternity band featured 16 diamond baguettes and a white gold trim. It was designed by Suarez jewelers.

After the wedding, Letizia swapped the ring for a simpler band. 

Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
Swedish Prince Carl Philip announced his engagement to Sofia in 2014 after four years of dating. He proposed with an 'unusual' ring that estimated over £10,073. 
Prince Carl Philip and Princess Sofia
The center stone is surrounded by a halo and features two split diamond eternity bands. 
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

Netherland's Queen Maxima and King Willem-Alexander got engaged in 2001 after two years of dating. The ring features an unusual color and shape. 

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima

The oval-shaped orange diamond is surrounded by two additional teardrop diamonds. The color is symbolic of the color of the Netherlands. 

Experts valued the stone anywhere from £15,000 and £150,000, says The Daily Mail

Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York
Prince Andrew, youngest son of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, proposed to Sarah Ferguson in 1986 with a ring by the same designer as Princess Diana's ring. The two had reportedly known each other since they were young children but divorced in 1996. 
Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York

The Duke proposed with an unusual ring -- an oval Burmese ruby flanked by ten diamonds arranged in a floral shape. The ring sits on a thin yellow and white band.

Ferguson's ring reportedly set the trend for ruby engagement rings throughout Britain. 

Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene
Prince Albert of Monaco proposed to Princess Charlene in 2010 with a stunning cut valued at over £50,000.
Prince Albert of Monaco and Princess Charlene
The 3-carat pear-shaped ring was designed by jewelers Maison Repossi and is embellished on both sides with white diamonds. 
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Explained the director of Cleave and Company Stephen Connelly to Associated Press, all the media attention as a result of the proposal has been "a bit of a shock." It has forced the jewelry company to keep their location mum for fear of being bombarded, according to Cosmopolitan

Echoed Crown jewelry designer David Thomas, who assisted in designing the ring, explained the ring was "biggest and hardest secret" he's ever had to keep. “Jewelers are like doctors: we never discuss our patients!” Thomas maintained. Though we don't know the price of the ring, we can only imagine its value (Princess Diana and Kate Middleton's  ring is now reportedly worth over $500,000...oy vey!).

And if royal fanatics are looking to mimic Meghan's unique ring, they're bound to be sorely disappointed. "We're not going to be making replicas of it. If you want a ring, then we’ll design you a different one,” Connelly asserted. Well, it was worth a shot! 

For more details on Meghan's ring, watch the video above! 

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