I love the new Outlander series and I've waited a long time (like everyone else) to see the story brought to life on TV. Love everything about it, but I and others (many others) really don't like the latest addition to the Outlander Official Store. Expecting that fans will want to own a small piece of the legacy, the store offers all sorts of memorabilia. The latest addition, offered right after "The Wedding" episode, is the exclusive, authentic replica of a ring Claire never wore, for $249. I know there are serious Outlander followers, but we are discerning and although contrary to popular belief, we do not buy everything we see. Not only is this item too expensive for what it is, IT'S NOT THE REAL RING! With over 9500 overwhelmingly negative comments on Facebook, and backlash on the Outlander Store and Starz too, I'm sure the person who suggested this idea in the first place wishes that ring was a key again and could be used to lock themselves away until this blows over. Even Diana Gabaldon distanced herself and that must really be the death knell.
Claire's Thistle Ring
Claire's original thistle ring has it's own website found at the Author's Attic and can be purchased in sterling silver for about $50. The only problem is the site cannot be accessed easily because there is a bandwidth issue. I suggest you keep trying. Oddly enough, many fan comments made on the Outlander Store page are directing those interested in the thistle ring to the Author's Attic site. The marketing team at the Outlander Store probably never anticipated their ring would prompt people to buy something else entirely but this was a good lesson in reverse psychology and to never underestimate the intensity, the loyalty and the intelligence of Outlander fans.