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Got £40,000 to spare? Catherine Jones is selling 3.19ct Botswana diamond like the one Prince Harry gave to Meghan Markle


By Paul Brackley


The Botswana diamond on sale at Catherine Jones Jewellery. Picture: Keith Heppell
The Botswana diamond on sale at Catherine Jones Jewellery. Picture: Keith Heppell

Cambridge jeweller Vanessa Burkitt says stunning stone is the only other one of its kind in the country

Vanessa Burkitt with the 3.19ct jewel. Picture: Keith Heppell
Vanessa Burkitt with the 3.19ct jewel. Picture: Keith Heppell

Stuck for an idea of what to buy the special someone in your life this Christmas?

Catherine Jones Jewellery, in Cambridge, is selling something that might put a little sparkle into the festive season: a £40,000 3.19ct diamond from Botswana, similar to the one Prince Harry gave to Meghan Markle in her engagement ring.

Managing director Vanessa Burkitt scoured the world for the diamond and says it’s the only one of its kind in the country.

It will be on show at the Bridge Street jewellery store at the Cambridge Festive Fayre, taking place from 5-8pm on Wednesday December 6, when a wide range of discounts and samples from independent shops across the historic city centre will tempt shoppers.

Vanessa Burkitt says the Botswana diamond is the only one of its kind in the country, other than that on Meghan Markles finger, of course. Picture: Keith Heppell
Vanessa Burkitt says the Botswana diamond is the only one of its kind in the country, other than that on Meghan Markles finger, of course. Picture: Keith Heppell

Vanessa, who is hoping someone with deep pockets will be tempted by the diamond, said: “This oval stone is quite magnificent and is guaranteed to come from a Botswana mine.

“The merchant who found it for me has a paper trail of its authenticity. A stone with guaranteed provenance is incredibly rare. The merchant told me that this is the only one he has seen from Botswana.”

The stone will be sold mounted on a ring or as a pendant – and Vanessa is happy for there to be an auction.

“Anything above £1,000 more than the asking price will be divided equally between Prince Harry’s charity in Botswana and The Royal Anglian Regiment benevolent charity, which is my company’s chosen charity,” said Vanessa, whose store is also sponsoring projections on the Round Church and announcements about what’s on.

For £40,000, it will be set in a ring or pendant. Picture: Keith Heppell
For £40,000, it will be set in a ring or pendant. Picture: Keith Heppell

Stores throughout Bridge Street, Trinity Street, Green Street, Rose Crescent, All Saints Garden, Peas Hill, Bene’t Street, King’s Parade, Bridge Street and St Mary’s Passage are taking part in the Festive Fayre, with special offers, free samples, roast chestnuts, mince pies, mulled wine and entertainment.



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