When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, he presented her with his mothers famous sapphire engagement ring. Immediately, rings in the style of this sapphire and diamond ring became all the rage.
The actual ring, made of platinum and set with a large deep blue oval sapphire surrounded with small diamonds is worth 250,000 ($40,196,875). There are replicas had for far less, however. Among the most popular which came out as soon as the royal engagement was announced were those of the major British retailers Marks&Spencer and Debenhams, which sold at merely 18.00 ($28.45) and 6 ($9.65) respectively.
With the young royal couple still in the blissful honeymoon stage, Kate Middleton as Princess Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, remains popular and so does her ring. Replicas of the Princess Diana ring, now more popularly known as the Kate Middleton ring, are still widely available now, a year after the marriage of William and Kate.
To have one as near to the real thing as possible, you can purchase one made with actual sapphire and diamonds from NaturalSapphire. You can choose from million-dollar replicas, which are a bargain compared to the original, or find one for considerably less. The cheapest ring in this style is $1500, but the sapphire is much lighter. A ring for $2,800 in the same style is closer in appearance, with a deep blue sapphire.
Similar rings with genuine sapphires and diamonds set in 14K gold may be purchased from Allurez. You may buy a fine replica for $1,910. Matching pendants and earrings are also available from this jeweler.
The trusted jeweler RossSimons has many versions, all using real jewels. The cheapest is a sterling silver ring with a 5 carat sapphire, which sells for only $95. The lowest-priced ring in 14 K white gold which closely resembles Kate Middleton is $1,121.25, but the sapphire is only 2.25 carats.
If you just want the royal look and don’t care about having actual precious stones, there are many much cheaper versions to choose from. The Bradford Exchange has quite a good replica made with simulated sapphire and diamonds in a sterling silver ring for $99 on www.thebradfordexchage.com.
On Amazon, there is a wide range of replicas available. One jewelry seller on Amazon, Paradise Galleries, has an excellent replica for $49.99. This one is made with a simulated sapphire and cubic zirconias and the ring is rhodium plated brass. Perhaps the most popular of the fashion jewelry replicas on Amazons marketplace is a silver plated version set with cubic zirconias from Bling Jewelry. It is an excellent buy for a mere $14.99.
Wearing a replica of the Kate Middleton ring is a reminder of a royal love story that so far has ended with the couple living happily ever after. Its associations of romance, wealth, and royalty as well as its elegance make this style of ring a pleasure to wear, whether as an engagement ring or a fashionable accessory.