I am joining Pink Saturday with How Sweet the Sound today. The pink I found was from the design of a Prince Charles and Diana Royal Wedding bell from 1981. For more info on the bell or other Royal commemoratives at Time Was Antiques, click on the photos.
I think I thought of the wedding bell, which is by SylvaCeramics, England because of my last post about the green stone Tourmaline and Peridot ring we supplied to a couple (he's an artist in New York City) as an engagement ring. I received a lot of emails from the post asking about my comment that they are popular in the UK, and also by a number of ladies whose 20 and 30 somthing kids have also had colored stones for engagement rings recently.
When Charles and Diana were engaged in 1980, he gave her a large blue sapphire surrounded by diamonds.
And of course, in November of 2010 their son Prince William presented the same ring to his future bride Catherine Middleton.
When Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson in 1986, she was given a large ruby surrounded with diamonds.
And Edward VIII gave his future wife Wallis Simpson a 20 carat emerald.
And a royal cousin Crown Prince Pavlos of Greece married Marie-Chantal in 1995, she had a large oval sapphire with heart shaped diamonds.
So it is fun to see how styles change. By the time William and Catherine's child marries, what will the trend be?