It seems like only seconds ago, that Prince William’s bride-to-be, Kate Middleton, debuted her engagement ring – and as everyone knows now, it belonged to the Prince’s mother, Princess Diana. The world famous 18-carat blue sapphire encircled by14 diamonds, purchased in the early ‘80’s cost about $60,000. Princess Diana spawned a trend then, and once again, knock-offs and wannabes are out in force.
The folks at HSN were quick to deliver the message, “Get Kate Middleton Engagement Ring’s look,” with a series of blue stone and (mostly faux) diamond jobs including the “Rarities with Carol Brodie” version, a 52.83 ct London blue topaz and diamond ring for $1,599.90. Brodie’s variation is rectangular – more of a take-off, while Jean Dousset’s 9.96ct sterling silver piece is more derivative and much less money, at $99.95. Both styles at HSN.com.
On the Natural Sapphire Company site, there are, “replicas” of the ring, one called, “The Princess Diana,” for $1,000. It’s petite compared to the real thing with an .85ct oval cut sapphire set in 14k white gold surrounded by .35cts of diamonds. The company is happy to make ‘em bigger and enthusiastic copy here says, “We may have to change the name to the Kate Middleton ring.” Reportedly, the site got hit so hard with news of the engagement (and of course, the famous bling), that CEO Michael Arnstein told the Associated Press, "I called my wife and said, 'Honey, I'm not coming home tonight! We're in a frenzy. This is changing our business overnight."
Apparently, knock-offs pay off. And we suspect, there are many more to come.