Everyone wants what the Duchess of Cambridge has. Not so much her life, her royal duties or her family (OK, maaaaaybe the kids) but we’re talking about her stuff. Clothes, hats, jewelry. That’s the stuff people like. And if they can’t have the real thing, they’ll take a cheaper, almost identical knockoff if it’ll get them that much closer to Kate.
But for all those who have been coveting Kate’s engagement ring, we’ve got bad news for you. It’s not going to happen. Yes, it’s a glorious piece of jewelry, that previously belonged to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, but you will never have it. OK, OK, you can probably find a number of knockoffs in any of the High Street fashion stores but it won’t be an official one. And that matters.
Kensington Palace’s online gift shop tends to stock many replicas of royal trinkets but Kate’s engagement ring won’t be one of them. A new collection consisting of replicas of famous royal jewelry is to be sold in the online shop but the Daily Mail reports that the Duchess vetoed the idea of selling her ring’s souvenir version.
A palace source suggested that Kate didn’t love that the palace would be “selling a knock-off of the ring she wears every day.” Which makes complete sense considering its significance.
The online shop’s tagline: “Decadent jewelry inspired by our rich royal history,” refers to all kinds of beautiful baubles and charms and tiaras. Just not Kate’s ring.
Knockoffs of the matching sapphire necklace and earrings are available online, but as for the ring itself the manufacturer said, “We do make the ring but they don’t want us to supply it to the gift shop.” Hmm, so there is a chance that a quality lookalike can be found somewhere else; it just won’t be the official one.