Earlier this month, 31-year-old Princess Beatrice of York became engaged to 34-year-old property tycoon Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi and has received a stunning ring from one of Britains most lauded contemporary jewelers. Mozzi enlisted the help of the highly sought after independent jewelry designer, Shaun Leane. Leane fashioned a platinum engagement piece for the granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, replete with diamonds. According to the designer himself, the look of the ring touches on influences ranging from Victorian to Art Deco.
He later made a statement: “I am so honored Edoardo chose to work with me to design the engagement ring for Princess Beatrice and to have been involved in this special moment in their lives,” said Leane, who started his eponymous brand after creating jewelry under Alexander McQueen for 17 years.
“The bespoke experience was a beautiful journey; from imagining the design with Edoardo to the crafting of the finished rings," he added. "Being able to incorporate both Edoardo and Princess Beatrice’s characters into the design has resulted in a unique ring that represents their love and lives entwining.”
According to what Leane told People, all of the stones on the ring were sourced from Botswana through ethical means. The center diamond is approx. 2.5 carats and is accompanied by an additional 0.75 carats of smaller round brilliant cuts and two tapering baguette-cut diamonds. Leane started his brand in 1999 and has worked with, not only McQueen, but other world-renown designers like Givency and Boucheron.
Now age 50, his training initially began at London’s Hatton Garden jewelry district, working the bench there. Leane's work can be found at the V&A Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, lining the displays of their permanent collections.
Princess Beatrice and Mozzi later said in an official statement: “We are extremely happy to be able to share the news of our recent engagement. We are both so excited to be embarking on this life adventure together and can’t wait to be married. We share so many similar interests and values and we know this will stand us in great stead for the years ahead, full of love and happiness."