All About the Sapphire Engagement Ring James Middleton Gave Alizee Thevenet and 5 Lookalike Styles
It seems sapphire is the stone of choice for the Middleton family! Kate Middleton’s younger brother James recently chose the deep blue stone when he gave his girlfriend, Alizee Thevenet, a French financial analyst, an engagement ring. Like his royal sister’s famous bauble, Middleton’s soon-to-be bride is sporting a large sapphire that, according to Alicia Davis, jeweler Shane Co.’s VP of Merchandise, is an estimated (gulp!) 5 carats. “The ring appears to be a beautiful elongated emerald cut blue sapphire flanked by two baguette diamonds.”
“The ring is set in classic platinum, or white gold, and exemplifies a modern and elegant style with a colored center stone,” Davis adds. Emerald cut, incidentally, means the stone is rectangular in shape and features a step-like effect.
Davis said the ring’s value could be around $25,000. Wow! “Although the center stone is a lovely traditional blue sapphire,” explains Davis, “the style is decidedly more clean and modern than the floral style seen on Kate Middleton’s and Princess Eugenie’s engagement rings.”
If you adore sapphire rings and want to emulate Thevenet’s contemporary style, you’re in luck. We have rounded up five copycat rings that will make you feel like a real royal. Sorry, Prince Charming not included.
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