Thursday, April 28, 2011
Royal Wedding and the Engagement Ring
Well - it's the big day for William and Kate tomorrow, and everyone seem to using this as an excuse to have a jolly old party. And why not? Watch the wedding, marvel at the pomp and ceremony, raise a glass to their health, and be really grateful that the entire world doesn't watch every little thing that you do!
My email box has been filling up with offers for "genuine reproductions" of the royal engagement ring.
And they've been so popular - retailers can't keep them on the shelves. As you can see from the photos, any blue oval surrounded by white stones seems to qualify as a replica - and given that the original would be about $500,000 - based on the quality of the centre sapphire - replicas are a good idea!
That's the original below, btw. That is one honkin' big sapphire. The sapphire alone contributes about $300,000 to the aforementioned $500,000 figure.
I personally think that it's wonderful that this has inspired lots of folks to go for an engagement ring that is more creative and colourful than the plain diamond choice. Long live the coloured stones!
If' you've a mind to make your own Royal Engagement Tribute Ring - check out this pattern from Bead and Button! We have the supplies - click on the images to go directly there.
We have the 18 mm Rivoli in Light Sapphire
the 2 mm round crystals
silver lined crystal 11/0 Japanese tubes
Size 15/0 Japanese silver seedbeads - sterling silver plated, no less
And size 15/0 blue (we don't seem to have them in charlottes - amazing - there's a bead we don't have!)
Needles (the higher the number, the thinner the needle - just like wire gauges!)
and the Fireline.
There you are - you can make your own Tribute Ring (I like that much better than "replica"). Cheers!