American company unveils first design idea mimicking engagement ring.
The Natural Sapphire Company, a New York based sapphire gemstone specialist, has announced its intentions to make a sapphire and diamond dummy for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s first child.
Michael Arnstein, chief executive of The Natural Sapphire Company released a statement yesterday. He said: “The Natural Sapphire Company would like to wish the Duke and Duchess the most sincere congratulations for the very happy news. Parenthood is the truest treasure. That being said, we have a gift we would like to offer for the baby and mother-to-be.”
It transpires that the gift in question is a blue sapphire baby pacifier – a dummy – something the company says will connect mother and baby “not only by blood, but by fashion sense as well”. The initial design is said to be worth $1.5 million (£931,000).
The Natural Sapphire Company’s Evan Guttman explained: “After the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton helped us sell thousands of the Princess Diana-style rings, we felt we should have something to honour this wonderful occasion as well. That’s why we want to offer this to the royal couple as the ultimate baby shower present in appreciation of reintroducing the world to the beauty of sapphires.”
The company is offering to make the dummy with any of its loose sapphires, surrounded by a total of eight carats of round brilliant diamonds in the style of Middleton’s engagement ring.
The company has also made The Titan’s Eye, a Ceylon blue sapphire weighing 69.35cts based on the royal engagement ring.