Princess Diana was a client of Kenneth Jay Lane, one of QVC’s current jewelry vendors.
And his line has a hot item now on the home shopping network: A replica of the tragic princess’s 18-carat sapphire and diamond ring, the same ring that Prince William just gave to his fiance Kate Middleton as an engagement ring.
The New York Post Tuesday did a story, headlined “The Copy Kates!,” about women now following Middleton’s style footsteps.
It reported that there has been a surge in the sale of sapphire rings since William and Middleton announced their engagement.
“But phony crown jewels are having a moment, too,” The Post wrote. “Costume jewelry kingpin Kenneth Jay Lane has designed a $39.54 ring with a ‘simulated sapphire,’ which debuted on QVC Nov. 20. Since then, more than 30,000 units have sold, says Tim Byrket, the director of merchandising for QVC.”
The Post also quotes Robert Shuter, a columnist for Popeater.com, who says, “Not since the movie ‘Titanic’ has a piece of jewelry been knocked off so much.”
On QVC’s website, Lane said of his sapphire knock-off, “I’ve always felt that any girl could become a princess. It’s my pleasure to offer a ring that has become a royal sensation. Having a long relationship with the British Royal Family, I wish the couple a long and happy marriage.”