LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 16: A close up of Kate Middleton's engagement ring as she poses for photographs in the State Apartments with her fiance Prince William of St James Palace on November 16, 2010 in London, England. After much speculation, Clarence House today announced the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. The couple will get married in either the Spring or Summer of next year and continue to live in North Wales while Prince William works as an air sea rescue pilot for the RAF. The couple became engaged during a recent holiday in Kenya having been together for eight years. (Photo by Arthur Edwards - WPA Pool/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kate Middleton
The royal sapphire and diamond engagement ring Prince William gave to his soon-to-be bride Kate Middleton is quite possibly the most famous ring in the world..
The ring inspired replicas in 1981 when Prince Charles
gave it to his future wife, William's mother, Diana. Now that Prince William has proposed to Middleton it's happening all over again.
Across the U.S., jewelry stores are reporting an increase in calls from clients interested in the brilliant blue gem. One La Jolla jeweler reporst several people have asked him about replicating the royal ring.
The manager at Ben Bridge in Horton Plaza, Keith Newton, said the royal ring has been a topic of conversation among his staff and customers as well this week. He's not surprised there's a race for replicas here in San Diego.
“It's the special mystique around princess Di," said Newton "She was incredible lady.”
He said celebrities and future princesses set the fashion trends.
“People see that and they want the same thing," Newton said. "They want to imitate that it makes them feel good.”
“I do have some nice selections of those in some smaller versions," he said. They don’t have all 12 carat sapphires but if you want something in that size or larger we certainly have it.”
Published at 7:01 AM PST on Nov 18, 2010