Have you heard the great news? Prince William finally announced his engagement to Kate Middleton with a beautiful sapphire ring! But there's even better news. There are several look-alike rings out there that you can call your own.
Let's take a look at the back story of this ring, first. The ring Prince William used to ask for Kate's hand in marriage once belonged to the late Princess Diana. But Princess Diana was not its only previous owner. After Princess Diana's tragic death, Prince William's younger brother Prince Harry chose the band as his memento of his mother, while Prince William chose her 18K yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch that she used to teach him how to read the time. Prince Harry happily gave up the ring to his brother for the engagement, realizing that it was what Diana would have wanted. Both brothers view the passing of the ring as a tribute to their mother.
Now, the ring itself is as lovely as the story. It is a large, oval Ceylon sapphire surrounded by 14 round diamonds and set in 18K of white gold. When Prince Charles purchased it for Princess Diana back in 1981, it cost him over $40,000. Imagine its worth today! You don't have to have over $40K on-hand, or be royalty to own one of these. There are a handful of look-alike rings out there that sport a friendlier price tag. Here are some favorites we found:
1. Emitations Faux Sapphire Engagement Ring - Princess Diana Inspired Jewellery
2. Sapphire Ring with Diamonds 1/3 Carat (ctw) in 14K White Gold
3. Sapphire Ring with Diamonds 3/5 Carat in 14K White and Yellow Gold
4. Midnight Sapphire Ring with Diamonds 2.25 Carat (ctw) in 10K White Gold
5. Blue Sapphire Ring with Diamonds 1.59 Carat (ctw) in 14K White Gold
6. 14K White Gold Diamond and Oval Gemstone
7. Sterling Silver Diamond & Oval Sapphire Ring
8. 1/2 Carat Sapphire & Diamond 14K White Gold Ring
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More Kate Middleton-esque Rings You'll Love for Under $300:
7/8 Carat Sapphire & Diamond Sterling Silver Ring
.45 Carat Oval Sapphire Ring with Diamonds in 10K White Gold
1.00ct Oval Genuine Sapphire Three Stone Diamond Ring in 10kt White Gold
1.00Ct Genuine Oval Sapphire Ring in 14Kt White Gold
While we're on the topic of sapphires, thought it might be fun to share a fun fact with you! Did you know that rubies are red sapphires? eHow
says, "Sapphires and rubies are closely related and are formed from the same material,corundum. Sapphires come in a variety of colors but, in essence, a red sapphire is a ruby. So-called 'fancy' sapphires range in color from yellow to green to pink to violet."