“The Meghan Markle effect”—the American actress’s ability to sell out an item of clothing just by wearing it—was felt almost immediately after her cartier box replica to Prince Harry was announced last Monday. Her belted white coat from Line the Label promptly sold out, as did the handbag she wore a few days later at her first official royal engagement.
And Markle’s influence may soon be felt by jewelers everywhere as her dazzling replica van cleef & arpels alhambra ring sparks trends of its own.
“When Kate Middleton was given the sapphire engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana, it caused so many to replicate the ring, but it also delivered a change across the industry,” says Andrew Brown, President of WP Diamonds.
Markle’s fake van cleef & arpels clover ring is expected to have a similar effect. “A center stone with two stones flanking it is commonplace, but the choice of round cuts on the sides are unique,” says Town & Country’s Fashion Market and Accessories Editor Will Kahn. “We will certainly see a lot of women going for this style now.”
Markle’s engagement ring, designed by Prince Harry himself, was made by court jewelers Cleave and Company and featured stones once owned by Princess Diana. “The ring is obviously yellow gold because that’s [Meghan’s] favorite, and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana, and the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection, to make sure that she’s with us on this crazy journey together,” Harry told the BBC during his first joint interview with Markle.
He’s not the first royal to design a special ring. “Prince Albert gave to Queen Victoria a snake fake panthere de cartier ring with an emerald, actually, which was her birthstone,” says Greg Kwiat, the CEO of Fred Leighton Ltd. and CFO of Kwiat Enterprises. “It was meant to be for her, something personal for her that reflected who she was. That idea has always been present in the royal family.”