Most Famous Engagement Rings In History
It’s an honour reserved for few, but being on the receiving end of a famous heirloom that draws the world’s attention can be both exhilarating and terrifying all at once. While marriage is not about the ring, the wedding or the dress, admittedly these are some of the most prominently watched items when a celebrity or Royal becomes married.
The Crown Jewels may be the most valuable jewelled item to exist, but we bet you can’t tell us what the Queen’s crown looks like – but if were to ask you what The Duchess of Cambridge or Sussex’s rings looked like you’d become frenzied and tell us every last detail. The fascination with famous engagement rings is a bit of a mystery, but it’s one we enjoy.
Most Beautiful Engagement Rings
Beauty will remain in the eyes of the beholder until time itself stands still. We’ve briefly covered this in our blog about The Next Big Thing in Engagement Rings (LINK); these specific rings seem to have stood the test of time, perhaps accreditable to their classic and timeless designs.
Princess Diana Ring (Now Worn by the Duchess of Cambridge)
This will probably always be at the top of the list of coveted and loved celebrity engagement rings. A quick Google search shows us the term “Princess Diana Ring” is the third most searched term for the late Princess of Wales. This ring consisted of 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding a 12-carat oval blue Ceylon sapphire set in 18-karat white gold.
Grace Kelly Ring
This ring may well be responsible for the boom in popularity of the emerald-cut diamond; actress Grace Kelly donned what was known as “THE CREATION”. To celebrate their engagement, Prince Rainier III of Monaco offered his future wife a ring with an emerald-cut diamond of 10.47 carats. To emphasize the ring's originality, the jewelers designed a platinum mount with a baguette-cut diamond on each side of the central stone.
Elizabeth Taylor Ring
Elizabeth Taylor was known for her over-the-top approach to life, and this was captured exceptionally well in her engagement ring. When most of us imagine a “huge diamond”, we picture the 2ct Tiffany ring every girl has a poster of, somewhere. However, Elizabeth’s 33-carat, D color, potentially internally flawless diamond set on a ring was a gift from her husband, Richard Burton. The celebrated actor gave her the ring on May 16, 1968. It was considered the most iconic of her white diamonds and was the ring she wore nearly every day. This 'Krupp diamond' was so unique and gorgeous the name was later changed to the 'Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.'
Jackie O – Mrs Kennedy
On June 24, 1953 John F. Kennedy asked Jackie to marry him with this ring. Despite the tragic end to their marriage, this ring will never lose its impressive stature. Originally created by the French jewelry company, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jackie’s engagement ring boasted both a 2.88 carat weight diamond as well as a 2.84 carat weight emerald. True to Van Cleef & Arpels’ signature French design style, the ring also included several tapered baguettes that accented the main stones with a “flowery” look.
In 1963 the engagement ring was redone, and an additional 2.12 carats of marquise and round cut diamonds were added. The final result was a ring fit for a President’s wife, weighing in at almost 8 carats of diamonds and emeralds.
It might take some doing to outrank these engagement rings, but it’s worth a shot. Click here to get in touch with a Jenna Clifford consultant today.