Nicki Swift consulted with Mike Fried, CEO of the Diamond Pro, who provided an exclusive estimation of the current value of Princess Diana’s ring. “The ring from Dodi Al Fayed is a unique, custom ring that carries tremendous value for craftsmanship alone,” said Fried. “The details together make for an impressive ensemble: the beautiful 1 carat emerald cut in the center, the surrounding trillion-cut diamonds, and the yellow gold accenting in the shape of a star.” He continued, “The thick band adds further depth and character to the ring.” Fried believes the ring is worth almost $100,000. “Although the ring doesn’t feature a massive stone, it carries bravado, style, and value,” Fried added.
Fried’s estimation certainly seems closer in value to something purchased with Princess Diana in mind. In fact, a 1997 report by The Washington Post claims that Diana actually signed off on the ring. Alberto Repossi, the jeweler who designed the ring, spoke claimed that the couple actually arrived at the store 10 days earlier and picked out the ring together. Al Fayed then returned alone — the day before their crash — and purchased the ring. “He said he loved it and he was certain the princess would love it as well,” claimed Repossi. As for why the jeweler publicized such private information about the couple, he said, “I would never have spoken of the ring if it had not already been revealed. My pain does not permit me to rejoice in the publicity.”