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It's only right that Katy Perry, a woman who wore a meme-able dress to the Grammys and rode into her Super Bowl halftime performance on a giant lion, receive an engagement ring that matches her fun and unexpected style. Orlando Bloom, her new fiancé, nailed the challenge.
The Lord of the Rings alum proposed to the pop star on Valentine's Day with a unique (and sizable) flower-shaped ring, featuring a deep pink centre stone embraced by a ring of eight smaller diamonds. Perry and Bloom both flaunted the rock on Instagram.
Because the couple's selfie is the only public picture we have of the ring, it's hard to distinguish its exact features. There's speculation as to whether the rosy middle gem is a ruby, pink diamond, or pink sapphire, and therefore various experts are projecting different estimates for its possible value.
While the exact price tag remains unconfirmed, we do know the ring's structure has a royal connection. Perry's piece of jewellery is known as a cluster ring, according to Stephen Feuerman of NYC jeweller Stephen Russell, which specialises in period jewellery.
The design came into style around 1900, but resurged in popularity after Prince Charles proposed to Princess Diana with a sapphire cluster ring with surrounding diamonds in 1981. Prince William later used the same ring to propose to Kate Middleton in 2010.
The shank (which refers to the band, which goes around the finger) of Perry's ring appears to be yellow gold, Feuerman says, and although the centre stone of Perry's ring remains unidentified, if it is a pink diamond, it would be extremely rare. It's also possible the ring is a period piece and not brand new.
We've seen a few cluster rings in the limelight in addition to Princess Diana's sapphire iteration. Princess Eugenie's engagement ring is a cluster design featuring a padparadscha sapphire in the centre. Coincidentally, it's nearly identical to her mother Sarah Ferguson's pink engagement ring from Prince Andrew.
"[This design often lends itself] to coloured stones like rubies and sapphires," Feuerman says.
Lady Gaga's engagement ring is also similar to those of the royals, with a large pink oval stone surrounded by a diamond halo.
Katy Perry's ring is in good company.
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