Sri Lankan Sapphire


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This handout picture issued by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Authority in Colombo on April 28, 2011 shows a Ceylon Sapphire hair pin, surrounded by diamonds, that was gifted to Britain’s Kate Middleton as a wedding gift ahead of her marriage to Prince William. The quaint hairpin was couriered to Middleton’s family home in Berkshire and accepted by her mother on April 27, in time for the April 29 wedding in Westminister Abbey. Middleton already wears a blue Ceylon Sapphire engagement ring, famously picked out by William’s mother, Princess Diana of Wales for her own engagement in 1981. AFP PHOTO


Sri Lanka can expect a surge in the demand for sapphires in the coming months, thanks to the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton. Jewelers around the world are being called on to make replicas of Princess Diana’s engagement ring, which was in turn used by her son to propose to his future wife.

“Sapphires are especially beloved in Britain and its former colonies, including Sri Lanka, which I plan to visit soon to buy more of the sapphires mined there. We are expecting an uptick in demand through the holidays…

The legendary engagement ring picked out by the late Princess of Wales is an 18-carat oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds.


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