Fit for a Disney princess: F Hinds values character rings

From Aladdin and Jasmine, to Cinderella and Prince Charming, marriage is at the heart of most Disney films.

But which Disney princess boasts the most expensive engagement ring, and which settled for the more modest option?

Using real life valuations at today’s prices, jewellery retail chain F Hinds has estimated the cost of the most famous Disney engagements.

One princess reigns over the rest when it comes to the value of their happily ever afters, according to the research.

Belle, from Beauty and the Beast would be the queen of them all with her engagement ring valued at £100,000, nearly equal to the eight other princesses combined.

Belle’s ring is made from platinum and set with a 4-carat yellow diamond surrounded by a halo of flawless diamonds, trumping her nearest rival, Princess Tiana, from Princess and the Frog by a massive £70,000.

The Beast, who judging by the size of his castle certainly isn’t short of a bob or two, has to find true love before the curse which gives his beastly appearance can be lifted.

The top 5 engagement rings were:
1: Belle: £100,000
2: Tiana: £30,000
3: Elsa and Jasmine: both £24,000
4: Snow White: £15,000
5: Ariel: £4,500

Not all the princes would have to have to break the bank, however, as F Hinds’ estimations found that some princesses would require a more modest proposal.

Flynn Rider would fare best on value, with his bride Rapunzel’s ring, coming in at a humble £600, complete with amethyst and yellow gold. Elsewhere, Brave’s Princess Merida would have the second least expensive ring with her future prince only having to cough up £1,200.

Cinderella, arguably one of them most famous members of Disney royalty, would see Prince Charming put up £2,000 for her topaz stone and white gold ring. While Ariel from the Little Mermaid, would need Prince Eric to spend £4,500, for a pearl and white gold ring, to prise her from the ocean.

Steve Mellows, e-commerce manager at F Hinds, said: “Glitz and glamour is something that we all relate to when it comes to Disney princesses, so we thought we’d look at how much true love would cost in today’s economy. We know it’s all fantasy and we knew that these rings would be expensive, they are princesses after all, but we weren’t expecting the costs to vary so much.

“We thought the rings’ value would be much closer, especially between Belle and Cinderella, but this simply wasn’t the case, surprisingly Princess Belle’s is far more valuable than any others. It’s no surprise the Beast isn’t afraid to flash the cash, after all, it’s either stump up £100,000, or have the looks of a beast for the rest of his days.”

Mellows added: “That being said, money was not everything when it came to true love, with some princesses the love of the prince was the key to their hearts and for a happily ever after.”

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