The Jewelry Insider

June 25, 2010

It’s official. Prince Albert of Monaco is finally getting married –
and he picked a former Olympian who knows how to wear a diamond. Check out the
sparkling engagement ring specs.

The diamonds have barely dimmed from
last weekend’s royal wedding
extravaganza in Sweden, but that didn’t stop HRH Prince Albert II of Monaco
from giving the world another betrothal to get excited about.

The insufferable 50-year-old bachelor announced his engagement to South
African beauty and former Olympic swimmer, Charlene Wittstock, this week with an
official portrait that shows off a one whopper of a
diamond
engagement ring.

People Magazine reports the rock was created by Parisian jewelry
house, Maison Repossi, and features a
pear-shaped
center diamond set in gray gold and embellished with round diamond
brilliants.

Diamond Information Center expert Francesca Ferrante told
StyleList: “The center stone
looks to be about 3 carats and the estimated worth of the ring is at least
$100,000. This is truly a regal and royal diamond that is fit for a princess.”

Prince Albert told the press there will be two ceremonies sometime next
summer; a civil service inside the Prince’s palace, and a larger, religious
ceremony in Monaco’s Notre Dame of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. The
latter ceremony will be televised.

The event will mark the first marriage of a Monaco Prince in over 50 years –
the last being Albert’s famous father, Prince Rainier, to Hollywood icon Grace
Kelly in April 1956.

If you’d like an engagement ring fit for a royal, point your prince charming
in the direction of
our┬ápear-shaped diamond engagement ring stash – all from the retailers you
trust.

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