Choosing an engagement ring is a major decision, and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. Whether you are hoping to choose the right ring for the special woman in your life, or are seeking inspiration to provide for your future husband as he shops for you, here are some famous engagement rings and the stories behind them to help you as you hunt.
Kate Middleton/Princess Diana’s Sapphire Engagement Ring
The ring currently sported by Kate Middleton first caused an uproar twenty years before, when Prince Charles gave it to Princess Diana in 1981. The ring, chosen by Diana herself, was seen as unusual for a couple of reasons. First, the main stone in the ring is a large sapphire instead of a more expensive diamond. Second, the ring was not custom made just for her, as was the case with most royal jewelry. Instead, she chose it from a well known jewelers collection, which was open to the public to purchase. After Diana’s sudden death, the ring sat unworn for many years, until her son Prince William presented it to his fiancé in 2010.
Marilyn Monroe’s Eternity Band Engagement Ring
Another famous woman with an unusual engagement ring was Marilyn Monroe. When she married baseball player Joe DiMaggio in 1954, instead of a traditional engagement ring, she sported an eternity band encrusted with diamonds all around. Presented to her on her wedding day, the ring served as both her engagement ring and wedding band for the short time the couple stayed together.
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Beyonce’s Emerald Cut Diamond Stunner Engagement Ring
Said to be similar to the engagement ring Mike Todd gave Elizabeth Taylor, Beyonce’s engagement ring is a classic emerald cut diamond solitaire. Rumored to cost 5 million dollars, the ring is an 18 carat stunner set in platinum. Presented to her in 2007 by her longtime love, rapper Jay-Z, the ring is a simple design that highlights the clarity and beauty of the stone. It was designed by Lorraine Schwartz, one of the most sought after celebrity jewelry designers.
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Kim Kardashian’s Cushion Cut Solitaire Engagement Ring
No stranger to engagement rings, Kim Kardashian received her most impressive diamond from current husband Kanye West. Her 15 carat cushion cut ring is even bigger than Beyonce’s, and sourced from conflict free diamond mines. The diamond is set in a beautiful, simple band designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Not long after the couple married, Kim got a second engagement ring. The new ring, featuring a 20 carat diamond, is a larger version of the original, which she wears on her right hand. Between these two engagement rings alone, Kim walks around with nearly 8 million dollars worth of diamonds on.
Even if your budget isn’t quite as large as a celebrity, you can still take inspiration from the beautiful designs of these famous engagement rings as you choose one of your own. Effy Jewelry has a wide selection of beautiful engagement rings to choose from. Click here to start browsing our collections.