For centuries, men have stolen women’s hearts by presenting them with a luxurious symbol of their deep affection and lifelong commitment: the engagement ring. Worn until death do us part, the engagement ring has frequently been a reason to swoon over precious rocks and intricate jewelry designs, and celebrities are no exception to this rule.
With huge diamonds and unmatched sapphires, Bright Side invites you to take a look at the most extravagant engagement rings in history.
Known for her role as Rachel in Friends, Jennifer Aniston took to the spotlight again after flashing her giant engagement ring in the public eye. Featuring a whopping 8-carat radiant-cut diamond in a simple gold band, this Jennifer Meyer design is projected at a costly $500,000 — more than most houses! We are sure that it will work out this time for Jen.
Jay Z took to his knee in 2007 and proposed to Queen Bey with a dramatic rock that was similar to Elizabeth Taylor’s stone. Beyoncé said yes to the rapper once he placed the 18-carat emerald-cut diamond upon her finger. Handmade by jeweler to the stars, Lorraine Schwartz, this classic design with a simple band comes in at $5 million! Now that’s commitment!
Oozing with grace and charm, English actress Emily Blunt was bestowed with an Edwardian engagement ring by star of The Office, John Krasinski. This antique ring captivates period detailing with a 3-carat diamond upon a traditional platinum band, and it is estimated at $100,000. Not worth as much as some other celebs but certainly up there in beauty.
When John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie in 1953, he chose a rare keepsake that would go down in history for being truly unique. The 2-carat diamond and 2-carat emerald setting incorporates baguette diamonds around central stones and is framed in a band of gold. Designed by Van Cleef & Arpels, this interesting sparkler is said to have set Kennedy back over $1 million, and we can see why!
We couldn’t have written this article without factoring in the most famous of all engagement rings: Kate Middleton’s. Once decorating the finger of Princess Diana, this regal ring has a fabulous navy-hued oval 18-carat sapphire stone surrounded by a halo of 18-carat diamonds in a white gold band. Sentimental to the family and the country, this striking ring is now worth over $500,000.
Although Marilyn’s marriage to Joe DiMaggio may have been short lived, Marilyn’s eternity band was once one of the most expensive diamond rings in existence. Costing Joe a huge $772,500, this baguette-cut eternity ring held over 35 diamonds set into a platinum band. Apparently classed as her engagement ring and long-term promise to Joe, this understated design is why the style is still popular today.