When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle made their appearance for their engagement photocall in Kensington Palace there was one thing that we couldn’t keep our eyes off: Meghan’s sparkling ring.
The bespoke ring designed by Prince Harry and made by Cleave and Company featured a gold band and three diamonds: the centre from Botswana and the two outer jewels from Princess Diana’s personal collection. Reportedly worth in the region of £200,000, it’s likely that Meghan’s ring will spawn a whole new trend of copycat designs in the coming years.
In fact, one Canadian jeweler has been quick off the mark and has already 3D printed an affordable replica of Meghan’s ring. Released only hours after the engagement news broke, the ring, costing just £124, has already proven to be a sellout success. Created by Jewlr and aptly dubbed ‘The Duchess’, the dupe has become the company’s best selling ring, out-performing other styles by 15%.
Similarly, searches for other 'three-stone rings' on the website have risen by 220% since the royal engagement.
‘Within minutes of Harry and Meghan's photocall going live, we experienced a huge influx of searches for three-stone rings,’ Jewlr founder Tony Davis told the Daily Mail.
‘We already know that Meghan is one of the most influential celebrities for driving our sales in the UK, but it's interesting to see the same effect with a traditional engagement ring.’
This isn’t the first time the ‘Meghan effect’ has impacted jewellery sales. Earlier this year when Meghan was spotted wearing pendants with 'H' and 'M' charms, the same jewellery site saw a 2000% spike in sales of similar designs.