UK jeweler won't make replicas for Meghan Markle's ring

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 27, 2017 file photo, Britain's Prince Harry's fiancee Meghan Markle shows off her engagement ring as she poses for photographers during a photocall in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. The jewelry maker who worked on the engagement ring Prince Harry gave to Meghan Markle says it’s been inundated with requests for replicas_ but it won’t be taking any orders for copycat rings, it was reported on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

LONDON — The jewelry maker who worked on the engagement ring Prince Harry gave to Meghan Markle says it's been inundated with requests for replicas— but it won't be taking any orders for copycat rings.

Stephen Connelly, director of Cleave and Company, told The Associated Press the intense media attention has been "a bit of a shock." He added: "We're not going to be making replicas of it. If you want a ring, then we'll design you a different one."

Harry has said he sourced a diamond from Botswana for the yellow gold engagement ring, which also features smaller diamonds that had belonged to his mother, Princess Diana, so she could be with them "on this crazy journey together."

David Thomas, a former Crown Jeweler who looked after the royal family's jewels and now works with Cleave and Company, said working on the ring was the "biggest and hardest secret" he's had to keep in his life.

He said he has been bombarded by questions from the press — including how much the ring had cost — but he declined to violate the royal couple's privacy.

"Jewelers are like doctors: we never discuss our patients!" Thomas said.

The company wanted to keep such a low profile that it only allowed the AP access to its workshop on the condition that its location is kept secret.

Harry and Markle are getting married at St. George's Chapel in Windsor Castle in May.

You may also interested in

Chinese Pres. Xi promotes 2022 Winter Olympics...

Jan 24, 2017

Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed the need for sustainability and post-event planning on a...

A 360-degree view of China's deadly smog

Feb 9, 2017

When the smog descends over northern China, turning blue skies gray and thickening the air,...

US-born panda Bao Bao lands in China after...

Feb 23, 2017

An American-born panda on Thursday started settling into her new home in southwest China where she...

NHL staging preseason games in China between...

Mar 30, 2017

The NHL will play its first games in China this fall when the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver...

4 tons of garbage collected in China's Everest...

May 11, 2017

Chinese state media say volunteers have cleared four tons of garbage from the Chinese north side of...

About Us

Frontal Report is an emerging leader in all forms of media. We aim to be the leading news brand for readers around the world.

Contact us: sales[at]frontalreport.com

Subscribe Now!