When it comes to Engagement Rings of the Rich and Famous, they want to be in the spotlight most of the time. As a result, when they get engaged they want their ring to do the talking and be the centre of attention. Celebrities want their rings to be photographed. For it to be published sparkling in every magazine and newspaper that you can think of. They of course have multi million dollar budgets. However, while we can admire these rings in magazines we can also take inspiration from them when deciding on our own rings. We examine some of the most famous engagement rings through the years.
Monoco’s Prince Ranier III first gave Grace Kelly a diamond and ruby Cartier eternity band. He then replaced it with a custom 12-carat emerald-cut stone flanked by two baguettes. The ruby ring simply would not fit the bill for a movie star such as Grace Kelly. $600,000 was the original cost. It is now valued at around $2 million. Kelly even wore it in her role as soon-to-be-wed high society girl Tracy Lord in High Society. This was the musical remake of The Philadelphia Story. The late actress’ ring made as much of an appearance as she did. It tours museums worldwide to this day.
Prince Charles proposed to Lady Diana Spencer with a deep blue sapphire ring surrounded by 14 diamonds. At a price of £30,000 (£95,000, or about $152,000, if adjusted for inflation), it is on the low end of modern royal rings. Many women have copied this style or ring today. They really have taken inspiration for their rings from it. Designed by the Crown’s preferred jeweler, Garrard, it was part of the maker’s current collection. The royal family did not commission this ring. The ring now belongs to Kate Middleton, the wife of Diana’s son, Prince William. He proposed to her with it in 2010. This has resulted in a huge revival of the sapphire as an engagement ring of choice.
Beyonce was engaged for many months before the media got wind of it. Jay-Z now the husband of the amazing Beyonce. Designer Lorraine Schwartz makes engagement rings of the rich and famous. He made this one too. It consists of a solitaire emerald-cut, 18-carat diamond set in a platinum band and is valued at $5 million. The stone itself is reportedly colour less (E), signature cut and of internally flawless clarity, showing no blemishes within. It is a huge rock and in keeping with the bling that Beyonce clearly loves. As Beyoncé herself sings ‘if you like it you should put a ring on it’. This trendsetting lady will no doubt influence many women in their choice of engagement rings. Same as she does with her jewellery, hair, make-up and fashion.
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