It doesn’t get more personal in the world of jewellery than the engagement ring. When purchased, it represents the first step in a lifelong commitment that will be made official at a later date when wedding bands are exchanged. What makes the engagement ring so personal is that it is presented by one partner to another as a token of dedication, devotion and love. It is more personal to most couples than anything else they share.
Over the years, there have been some pretty spectacular engagement rings purchased by the world’s rich and famous. Some of those rings have continued to capture our imagination decades after they were given. Then, of course, there have been some dazzling rings purchased in recent years as well. Below is our list of the most famous engagement rings worthy of long-lasting attention.
5. Kim Kardashian’s Lorraine Schwartz Designer Ring
The 15-carat diamond purchased by Kanye West for Kim Kardashian in 2013 made the news because it was so spectacular. Not only was this diamond heavy, but it was also as flawless as flawless can be. West apparently insisted on the most perfect diamond cut from the most perfect stone Schwartz could find. He spared no expense either. News reports say he spent a cool $8 million.
4. Jay Z’s Lorraine Schwartz 18-Carat for Beyoncé
Another beautiful and exquisite custom diamond from Lorraine Schwartz adorns the hand of Beyoncé. What people love about this ring is its refined simplicity. As big and dazzling as the stone is, it is by no means overpowering or pretentious. It is a beautiful piece of jewellery worth every penny paid, although no one is saying how much Jay Z spent on it.
3. Marilyn Monroe’s Engagement Band
This ring is famous for two reasons. First, it was purchased by Joe DiMaggio for Marilyn before their wedding in 1954. Second is the fact that this ring is not a traditional single stone setting. Rather, it looks more like a wedding band studded with diamonds all the way around. The ring sports 35 diamonds to be exact. This ring is simple, elegant, and very much Marilyn Monroe. It is a ring that perfectly fitted a personality that never really enjoyed being in the public eye all that much.
2. Queen Elizabeth’s 3-Carat Solitaire
One would expect the Queen of Great Britain to have a lot of expensive jewellery. She does. Her 3-carat solitaire mounted on a platinum band and surrounded by five smaller diamonds is by no means her most expensive piece, but it is her most personal and cherished. Rarely does the Queen go out in public with this ring not on full display. It is a reminder of Elizabeth’s gentle and refined ways and the fact that Prince Philip has loved her for all of these many decades.
1. Kate Middleton’s Blue Sapphire
It would be impossible to create a list like this and not designate Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire the most famous engagement ring of all. Let’s start with the fact that the ring used to belong to Princess Diana, late wife of Prince Charles and mother of Princes William and Harry. Second, the ring caused quite a stir when first presented to Diana because it was not custom made. All of Britain was shocked that Charles would give Diana an off-the-shelf piece – but it was a piece Diana absolutely loved.
Whether you are famous or not, your engagement ring is just as personal to you. We invite you to visit Engage Diamond Studio here in Toronto to create something truly spectacular.