Ceylon Sapphires are under increased spotlight in the frenzied run up especially in the United Kingdom to the royal wedding of Prince William to Kate Middleton tomorrow.
The most important symbol of this wedding is the beautiful engagement ring that sits on Kate Middleton’s finger which is intrinsically linked to Sri Lanka. This symbolic ring has set off a chain of events that has culminated in this highly anticipated royal wedding.
The Ceylon Sapphire, which is the central focus of her engagement ring, is one of Sri Lanka’s prized gem treasures. It is, however, a sentimental treasure to all the citizens of the United Kingdom, as this ring belonged to and was chosen by the ever iconic, late Princess Diana.
For Prince William, this ring has enormous significance. He said it was her mother’s engagement ring, so of course it’s very special to him. As the couple posed for photographers inside St. James’s Palace, he said this was his way of making sure that his mother did not miss out today.
The EDB having identified the Gem and Jewellery sector as a thrust industry to reach an export target of USD 1 billion by the year 2015, saw the opportunity for the gem industry to raise the profile of the Ceylon Sapphire on the back of the royal wedding.