From JLo, to the Royals, and Elizabeth Taylor, these are the most jaw-dropping celebrity engagement rings in history.
They say that, to seal the deal, you have to put a ring on it. And you better make it a diamond one. The story of diamond rings given to fiancées is actually quite new in the history of society. Though rings as a symbol of engagement and marriage were used since Ancient Rome, the use of gems didn’t catch on until the Victorian era. Yet, it wasn't until the 1930s that, as a result of a marketing campaign by De Beers, the popularization and demand of diamond rings as engagement rings took off. So, in more or less a hundred years, celebrities, royals, and even women in politics have had some of the most legendary engagement rings in history. Here’s a compilation of those celebrity engagement diamond rings that became legends in pop culture.
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Mariah Carey’s 35-carat diamond engagement ring
With an estimated price of 10 million USD, Mariah Carey crowns herself as the diva with the priciest engagement ring on the list. This emerald cut, colorless, flawless (which means it’s completely transparent), and set on titanium (one of the rarest metals on earth) diamond was given to the singer by Australian billionaire James Packer in 2016. They called their engagement off in 2018, so Carey sold the pricy Wilfredo Rosado designed for a mere 2 million dollars. Now, that’s a luxury clapback.
Jennifer Lopez’s 6.1-carat pink-diamond engagement ring
There are four things that make a diamond great: carat, cut, clarity, and color. Worth 2.5 million, this Harry Winston, radiant cut ring (which makes the ring so sparkly) became one of the most iconic engagement rings of the last decade. Given to her by Ben Affleck back in 2002, Lopez’s diamond was of rare beauty and became a trend for the rich and famous: the ring was of a pink hue, one of the rarest colors in diamonds.
Kim Kardashian’s 15-carat “D” diamond engagement ring
This Lorraine Schwartz, D color (which is the name jewelers give to completely colorless diamonds), flawless, and cushion-cut (one of the classic cuts for engagement rings) diamond ring was given to Kim Kardashian by Kanye West back in 2015. Worth 8 million dollars, this diamond is the third-most expensive diamond ring given to a celebrity.
Jennifer Lopez’s 8.5-carat blue-diamond engagement ring
Jenny from the block knows how she likes her frosting: Harry Winston. Back in 2004, salsa icon Marc Anthony gave Lopez this even rarer colored diamond. With an estimated price of 4 million dollars, the Harry Winston princess-cut, blue diamond became the envy of many of us around the world since this color is extremely unusual and only legendary jewelry pieces have it, like the Hope Diamond.
Kate Middleton’s 12-carat sapphire and 14-diamond engagement ring
Not Hollywood, but without a doubt, a legendary engagement ring. According to tradition, royals should have their engagement rings custom-made. However, the Duchess of Cambridge received the famous engagement ring that once belonged to Princess Diana. Going against tradition and being as revolutionary as she was, Diana chose her own ring from a selected catalogue of jewelry; conservatives were outraged and named it the “commoner’s sapphire.” The ring was given originally to Prince Harry, but he later on gave it to Prince William to propose to Kate during a trip to Africa. The ring consists of a 12-carat oval sapphire cut into 41 facets surrounded by 14 diamonds on white gold. Once a “commoner’s sapphire,” it’s now one of the most coveted rings from the Kensington Palace jewelry collection.
Grace Kelly’s 10.47-carat diamond engagement ring
Once one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, turned Princess of Monaco, Grace Kelly received two engagement rings. One with diamonds and rubies (the colors of Monaco) was given to her at a private ceremony at her parent’s house in Philadelphia, and another, the legendary one, was of emerald cut with baguette-cut diamonds on both sides and set on platinum. Cartier has a room full with engagement rings dedicated to the actress and her love for the jewelry house.
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Meghan Markle’s 3.5-carat custom made engagement ring
Following tradition, the engagement ring for the Duchess of Sussex was designed by Prince Harry himself. With a yellow gold band, and two diamonds around the main gem, which came from Princess Diana’s jewelry collection, the 3.5 carat cushion-cut center diamond comes from Botswana, a place that holds significant meaning for the couple, since it’s one of the places they visited in the early stages of their relationship. Harry stated that he wanted his mother to feel present, and that’s why he decided to set those two diamonds near the center one to honor his mother’s memory.
Beyoncé’s 18-carat diamond engagement ring
Mr. Carter finally put a ring on it for Queen Bey’s 27th birthday (2008). The rather rare, emerald cut, solitaire setting (a two-string platinum band) from Lorraine Schwartz is made of a natural flawless diamond (gems this size rarely have that percentage of clarity). Beyoncé’s diamond engagement ring is valued at a cool 5 million USD.
Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond engagement ring
Now we’re talking real Hollywood royalty over here. Taylor had two legendary diamonds: the Taylor Krupp and the Taylor-Burton diamond. Yet, the first one is the one she got as an engagement ring from Richard Burton back in 1968. Chemically pure and almost completely transparent, this asscher cut diamond was one of Taylor’s favorites (she had one of the biggest and fascinating collections of diamonds). It has an estimated price of almost 10 million USD.
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’ 8-carat and 40-carat engagement diamond rings
If someone defined poise, class, and elegance in the 20th century it had to be not a Hollywood starlet, but the iconic Jackie Kennedy (later Onassis). She possessed two legendary pieces of jewelry. For her first marriage with President John F. Kennedy, she received an art deco inspired ring. With a 2.88-carat diamond, two diamond baguettes on either side, and a 2.85-carat emerald, the future Mrs. Kennedy added 2.12 more carats of marquise and round cut diamonds once she became First Lady.
The second one, the Lesotho III, was given to her by magnate Aristotle Onassis. The 40-carat marquise cut Harry Winston diamond ring was worn only twice by Jackie (right after she got married, she flew to New York City and placed it into a vault in a bank). The current value of both rings remains unknown since it’s part of private collections.
Women from the big screen, the music scene, socialites, and even royals and politicians have been asked the big question with a big, fat diamond ring. So, these celebrity engagement diamond rings raised the bar for rich and glamorous generations to come.