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Kate Middleton, The Duchess Of Cambridge, Has Made Her Engagement Ring Soar In Value

14/08/2014 16:43 | Updated 20 May 2015

Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, has made her beautiful blue sapphire engagement ring soar in value to £300,000. This is pretty impressive considering that it was worth £28,000 back in 1981 when it belonged to Prince William's mother, Princess Diana.

That's TEN times the value and has ranked the ring first in a list of the world's top 20 most famous engagement rings compiled by jewellery expert Vashi Dominguez, which reveals just how much each sparkler has ­appreciated since purchase.

A picture released on November 16, 2010

The Queen's engagement ring (three-carat diamond solitaire surrounded by five smaller diamonds) is second on the list and has increased in value from £10,000 to £100,000 since Prince Philip presented her with it in 1947.

The second most expensive, however, is the Duchess of Cornwall's Art Deco ring now estimated to be worth a modest £250,000 despite being £100,000 at the time of her wedding to Prince Charles.

Michelle Obama's ring came third on the list which is now valued at £20,000 which is way up on the £7,500 it cost in 1991.

We could literally talk engagement rings ALL day but when it comes to breathtakingly beautiful bling - Kate's reigns high every time. There's just something about the 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon blue sapphire and set in white gold that says AMAZING.

"It's Kate's quiet confidence to lead as a style icon that makes the ring so special" says Vashi Dominguez. And you know what? We totally agree.

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