It is no surprise that requests for Sapphire rings has sky rocketed since Prince William proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Kate Middleton using his mother’s sapphire and diamond engagement ring. For William it was a gesture meant to fill the void of his mother’s absence, and perhaps surprisingly it was for the public as well. Jewelers in the U.K. and America were flooded with requests for replicas or just sapphires in general, and now it seems the frenzy has gone global.
Reaching to as far as China, retailers have been hard at work producing a similar style for around $15, but apparently one retailer is offering a replica for as low as $3.
Celebrities are even getting into the spirit this holiday season with reports that British actor Jude Law gifted his girlfriend, actress Sienna Miller, with a sparkly surprise. Reportedly, Law hid a sapphire and diamond ring of his own, worth $200,000, inside of a restored grand piano, also worth $15,000. No word on if this is being called an engagement ring, but sources close to the stars confirm that Law would like to remarry sometime in the new year.
Since all of Verragio’s rings are made to order, the sapphire trend is easy to incorporate into any design. The Eterna 0009W is a beautiful example of how to include sapphires into a design without overpowering the ring. With Round cut diamonds and rectangular Bellezza cut diamonds alternating around the length of the band, replacing the Round cuts with small sapphires is the perfect way to add color to your shine. The eternity style of the band also makes it suitable for an anniversary or birthday gift, and the holidays may be over, but Valentine’s day is just around the corner.
For a look closer to Middleton’s though, the Couture 0390, also offers a halo design that can be easily modified to fit a sapphire center. Featuring Round cut diamonds on the shank that follow around the center in a unique surrounding halo; it is the perfect showcase for a deep blue sapphire like Middleton’s.
But whatever your sapphire style, it is clear that the initial blue fad is no passing frenzy, much like Middleton herself, this trend has staying power.