Meghan Markle's engagement ring designer refuses to make replicas

Charlie Teather

Since news broke of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's engagement two weeks ago, the world's insatiable appetite for replicating the royal look found a new direction.

Unlike the Duchess of Cambridge's famous blue sapphire, Markle's engagement ring has struck the fine balance between sentimentality and modernity with the trilogy design welcoming a modest touch of bling.

Comprised of one centre stone from Botswana - a place of special significance to the couple - and two diamonds from Harry's mother Princess Diana's personal collection, the ring sparkles atop a classic yellow gold band.

Of course, the 'Meghan effect' - which saw demand for the white coat she wore to announce her engagement crash websites - is in full swing, rendering fans in the market for such a ring longing for a similar design.

And while many similar designs are available, the jewellery designer who worked with Prince Harry on the official ring will not be taking orders for anything similar.

Stephen Connelly, director of Cleave and Company, told The Associated Press: "We’re not going to be making replicas of it. If you want a ring, then we’ll design you a different one."

David Thomas, a former Crown Jeweller 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.

Admitting that he has been bombarded by press with queries as to the ring's price, Thomas said: "Jewellers are like doctors: we never discuss our patients."

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