Ever since Will proposed to Kate with the sapphire engagement ring of his late mother, Princess Diana, it's been all about haute hand-me-downs. "America is embracing the history and old-world romance that go with an heirloom piece," says Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson for the Jewelry Information Center, an industry trade group. "More brides want to wear a ring that's been passed on from their mother or their fiancé's mother."
Even women who don't necessarily want a vintage piece are hoping for something blue: JCPenney reports that sales of sapphire jewelry have increased since Will popped the question. In fact, the department-store chain is so bullish on blue baubles, it now sells an engagement ring inspired by Kate's.
Diamond and sapphire engagement ring, $20,000, Sylvie Collection.
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