No surprise here: USA Today reports that following Kate Middleton‘s engagement, jewelers have been “flooded” with requests for replicas of the sapphire and diamond ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. Of course, most of these orders are for cheaper knock-offs as some jewelers estimate that the piece is worth at least half a million dollars.
So do we think boyfriends are actually going to be proposing with these copycat rings? Or that women are wearing them for themselves as fashion statements? [USA Today] Keep reading »
Kate Middleton‘s engagement ring just so happens to be a hand-me-down from the late Princess Diana. Although this family treasure is very dear to Prince William’s heart, the superstitious among us would agree that Kate should never have accepted it. Why? Well, because it’s widely believed that jewelry can be cursed. Take the Hope Diamond, for example, which many believe has been cursed since it was stolen in 1642. Since then, tragedy, injury, or even death has befallen all those who have come in contact with it, including Marie Antoinette. Even if you don’t believe that jewelry can be cursed, I always heard the old wives’ tale that engagement rings are supposed to carry the energy of the marriage from whence it came. Meaning it’s bad luck to inherit a ring from an unhappy marriage. So essentially Kate is wearing the ring of a troubled princess who had a very bad marriage, not to mention a tragic end. If I were Kate, I might have hoped for something with a little bit less bad ju-ju. [Hottnez]
After the jump, some more jewelry superstitions. Keep reading »
Prince William is the world’s most eligible bachelor no more: Yesterday the world was formally introduced to the next princess: Kate Middleton, 28. After nine years of dating, it was about time, girl! Model-gorgeous Kate has long been photographed at William’s side and attended formal palace events — which was all the more intriguing as the couple seemed to be taking it slowly before settling down. So who is this girl? Keep reading »
Kate Middleton is soon to join the style ranks of the Brunis and Obamas of the world, so we’ll have our eye on her. For now, we’re giving her props for putting together a simple engagement announcement outfit that was chic and high class. A body-hugging dress served as the main attraction, while a delicate necklace kept things from looking too bare. And of course … there’s that ring. Which, clearly, you won’t be wearing yourself, but you could use for inspiration. Check out some fashionable suggestions after the jump! Keep reading »
Thank gawd, Prince William and Kate Middleton (who’s been nicknamed “Waity Katie” by the British media) finally got engaged! The date hasn’t been set yet, but the wedding will supposedly be the biggest since William’s mother, Princess Diana, married his father, Prince Charles. This brought back all sorts of flashbacks of the magical princess-making wedding ceremony, but we’ve rounded up some things we hope they don’t repeat from that monstrous televised affair. Keep reading »
It’s the rock we’ve all been waiting for: Kate Middleton debuted her engagement ring from Prince William and it’s huuuuuge. Of course it is, because it’s Princess Diana’s engagement ring. “As you may recognize now it is my mother’s engagement ring, so of course it is very special to me,” William told the BBC. “And Kate is very special to me now as well. It is only right the two are put together.” [11/16/10] Keep reading »
There’s one in every family. For the British royals, it’s apparently Prince Julius Eduard von Anhalt, a distant cousin who blabbed to a newspaper that Prince William and Kate Middleton are already engaged and planning to wed in July. “Kate issued William with an ultimatum: we marry or we break up,” he told a German mag. “There are obviously no more objections from the public, so the engagement is set for this autumn.The wedding is set for July.” Of course it could be BS: Mr. Big Mouth didn’t prove he had an invitation and claimed the exact date next July would be confidential. A “source close to Prince William” dismissed it as lies.
So, either Kate is cheating on the prince with his best friend’s brother … or they’re secretly engaged. Hard to say. [Daily Mail UK] Keep reading »