On the same day that Buckingham Palace confirmed that Kate Middleton and husband Prince William were expecting their first child, the royal couple already had been offered their first baby shower gift – a $1.5 million sapphire-and-diamond pacifier in the classic Princess Diana style. The Natural Sapphire Company, the firm behind the $700,000 gem-encrusted iPad Mini cover, made the generous offer.
As a gesture of gratitude to the royal couple for "reintroducing the world to the beauty of sapphires," The Natural Sapphire Company offered this special gift to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Two years ago, Prince William famously proposed to Middleton using the sapphire engagement ring that belonged to his mother, Princess Diana.
The pacifier's design has a core of small blue sapphires surrounded by 8 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds. The company is recommending a variation in the design that would replace the smaller sapphires with a single 69.35-carat sapphire called The Titan's Eye. A company spokesman said that the large sapphire, which has a price tag of $1.38 million, would be the most "baby proof."
The royal pacifier project is still in its formative design stages, as the artisans at the Natural Sapphire Company come up with contingencies based on whether Kate and William bring a prince or princess into the world. It's also not clear if the offer will be doubled if Middleton delivers twins.
The company believes the sapphire-and-diamond pacifier will connect mother and baby “not only by blood, but by fashion sense as well.”
“After the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton helped us sell thousands of the Princess Diana-style rings, we felt we should have something to honor this wonderful occasion as well," said Evan Guttman, CIO of The Natural Sapphire Company. "That’s why we want to offer this to the royal couple as the ultimate baby shower present."
The Natural Sapphire Company is famous for its over-the-top product offerings. This past fall, the company generated a media buzz by revealing gem-encrusted cases for the new iPad Mini and iPhone 5.