Marie Curie Cancer Care was founded in 1948 from the donation of a diamond engagement ring which raised £75 at auction. The Pragnell Daffodil ring designed in recognition of Marie Curie's outstanding work, far exceeded this amount last night, raising £50,000. Over £620,000 was raised in total.
The Daffodil Ring was handcrafted by Stratford -upon-Avon based family jewellers Pragnell, and designed by the founder's grandson Charlie Pragnell. A fabulous example of British craftsmanship, the ring is crafted in 18 carat yellow and white gold, the centre piece is a rare oval Fancy Vivid Orange Yellow diamond weighing 0.82 carats, its petals pave-set with near-colourless diamonds, with subtle green peridots to the stem and leaf.