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Vivica Fox's wedding ring inspires a new trend

”Independence Day” dolphin ring gets a lot of screen time

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Vivica Fox’s wedding ring inspires a new trend

Not only did the Flipper film flop, but another dolphin is bottle-nosing ahead of him on the big screen. This one graces the wedding ring Will Smith gives Vivica Fox in Independence Day. ”It got two really big close-ups. It’s almost like an infomercial,” says ID prop master Doug Harlocker. The $1,200 ring features a gold dolphin cresting over a one-carat cubic zirconia. And while its creator, Stephan-Hill Jewelry Designers of San Rafael, Calif., isn’t licensed to sell copies, dolphin jewelry is becoming as easy to find as aliens at the multiplex. ”It’s a very, very big theme worldwide. At the jewelry show in Las Vegas last month there were probably 40 or 50 different vendors selling it,” says Robert Metz, a marketing consultant for Nature’s Touch, a line of ecologically themed jewelry sold on QVC. ”It’s a good symbol in the film. Dolphins are endangered by man the way man is endangered by the aliens.”

Will the ID ring — which is neither subtle nor lightweight — be copied? ”I certainly hope none of my brides turn up with that,” says wedding planner Marcy Blum of New York City. But Fox, who’s been promised the ring by ID‘s producers, vows she’d wear it to her wedding. Someday. ”It’s beautiful,” says the actress, who wouldn’t divulge her age. ”Of course, at this stage of the game I’d take a wedding ring any flavor that it came in.”