It really didn't take long. Just hours after the news broke about Prince William and Kate Middleton's long awaited engagement, jewelers started getting calls from well-heeled women for copies of THE sapphire and diamond ring.
One New York jeweler, the Natural Sapphire Company has been overwhelmed with orders for reproductions. The company CEO on this news video said, "...our phones started ringing off the hook, and our server crashed!" Most of the callers have been women. 30% are from the UK with the majority of the rest from the US and Canada according to the company.
The original ring is an oval 18-carat sapphire ring set with a cluster of 14 diamonds and mounted in 18-carat white gold. Although the ring was actually a catalog design, the crown jeweler, Garrard Jewellers, created what Princess Diana wanted. How much will an 8 carat copy cost? $55,000.
Much hope has been pinned on the success of this royal union as it will go a long way to revitalize the image of the Windsor dynasty after so many years of scandals and broken marriages. Be warned. The royal wedding merchandising has already begun! It'll get insane by next summer.
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