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When celebrities want to say something, they usually say it loud. This is never truer than when declaring their love. Celebrity engagement rings act as both a symbol of love and status; in other words, the flashier the stone, the bigger the sentiment.
Glitz and glamor are essential for our engaged A-listers, so let's take a look at some of the most stunning rings out there, their lucky wearers, and the partners who were brave enough to pop the question.
10 of the Most Stunning Celebrity Engagement Rings
Whether you're looking for inspiration or just want to see some of the most stylish rocks out there, we have rounded up ten of the most stunning and iconic celebrity engagement rings.
1. Kate Middleton and Prince William
Not everyone opts for vintage engagement rings, but the Duchess of Cambridge's ring had far too much sentimental meaning attached to be considered anything but perfect. Beautifully striking and different to your average ring, the elegant 18-carat oval-cut blue sapphire is encircled by a subtle and graceful halo of 14 solitaire diamonds set on a white gold band.
More importantly, the ring was first worn by Prince William's mother, Lady Diana Spencer, who has always been known for exceptional sense of style and taste. The sentimentality this ring holds cannot be ignored and it makes its unique style even more striking.
2. Ariana Grande and Dalton Gomez
Singer Ariana Grande announced her exciting news on Instagram, sharing it with her 211 million followers. The ring is unique as the singer herself and rumored to have a sentimental meaning. Avant-garde with a combination of classic jewels, Ariana's ring features a sparkling oval set diamond alongside a gorgeous pearl. Some fans believe the pearl may actually be the same one Ariana had made from her grandfather's tie pin back in 2014, making her beautiful ring even more special. Ariana and Dalton's romance blossomed under quarantine and we can't wait to see their big day, especially if it's as stunning as the ring.
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3. Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy
No curated list of beautiful celebrity engagement rings is complete without Jackie. The glamorous yet tragic story that surrounds the couple will never be forgotten, but neither will the ostentatious and eye-catching sense of style that Jackie maintained throughout her life.
The iconic nature of her ring is almost unparalleled. An elegant tapered 2.84 carat emerald sat snugly beside a 2.88 carat diamond, with a timeless diamond open halo setting to complete the look. Twinning two large stones close together takes both guts and class, something we know Jackie had in spades.
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4. Ciara and Russell Wilson
Singer Ciara is known for her extravagant and quirky taste, with her style always catching attention for the right reasons. After dating Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson for just eleven months, he took his moment and popped the question with an eye-wateringly flashy ring.
Reportedly featuring a striking 16-carat brilliant cut center diamond with four smaller diamond baguettes encircling, no one could miss this ornate engagement ring. The couple's cuteness didn't stop there as their ultra-romantic wedding took place in a traditional English castle and both looked perfectly stunning.
5. Lance Bass and Michael Turchin
NSync's Lance Bass and his actor husband Michael Turchin opted for matching men's engagement rings when they decided to commit to marriage. Lance asked Michael once before but the second time, the stunning pair of rings was presented and Michael said "yes".
The bold yet elegant rings incorporated a vibrant yellow gold setting with rows of channel-set black diamonds and larger white diamonds combining perfectly for a unique look. Lance and Michael went on to break boundaries, becoming the first gay couple to marry on TV in 2014.
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6. Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez
Jennifer Lopez has been the lucky recipient of more than one iconic engagement ring. The singer and actor has been engaged five times in total, but her first ring to catch the attention of the public was the famous 6.1-carat pink diamond from Ben Affleck back in 2002, which was reported to cost $2.5 million.
J.Lo is currently engaged to baseball megastar Alex Rodriguez. The proposal came with a blinding rock adorning her new ring. The mesmerizing, weighty stone is estimated to be as many as 15 carats in size and is recognized as one of the most show-stopping rings out there. The couple's wedding plans have been put on hold due the pandemic, but we can be sure their wedding day will be just as dazzling as the ring.
7. Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
When perpetual bachelor George Clooney popped the question to human rights barrister Amal Alamuddin, many thought she was the luckiest woman on the planet. But when you see her elegant engagement ring, it's clear George thinks he's pretty lucky too.
George chose an ethically mined emerald-cut diamond flanked by two tapered baguettes set in platinum. Doing his homework seriously helped George ensure he matched both the style and values of his bride-to-be.
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8. Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli
Fans of TV show Orange is the New Black jumped with joy when they found out two of its key players were tying the knot! This perfect couple bring together the acting and writing talent of the show, and while they had an understated home engagement, the ring Samira shows off is anything but with its unique set and cut.
The elegant ring features an unusual Asscher-cut diamond in a kite setting on a delicate yet vibrant yellow-gold band. Their proposal also featured the ultra-romantic "I Choose You" by Sara Bareilles in the background, a song they also played at their wedding ceremony.
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9. Lady Gaga and Taylor Kinney
No one expected Lady Gaga to show up with a conventional engagement ring and thankfully Taylor knew this too. OK, at first he proposed with an edible candy ring on Valentine's Day, but this was soon upgraded to an undeniably romantic heart-shaped diamond ring, featuring a diamond studded setting and band. The ring also has a personal message from Taylor and their initials are engraved elegantly onto each side of the diamond heart. Sadly, the couple never made it down the aisle but remain good friends.
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10. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Any list of iconic engagement rings would be incomplete without this modern-day dazzler. No one expected subtlety from Kanye either, so when Kim flashed her sparkling stone, we certainly weren't disappointed. She's actually been gifted more than one engagement ring from her husband, but the first was an eye-popping 15-carat cushion cut ring, which doubled up as the perfect present for her 33rd birthday. An unusual cut to the average diamond, it ensured Kim's ring really stood out.
As if this wasn't enough, Kanye upgraded the ring for a 20-carat emerald-cut alternative just three years later. While their relationship may be on rockier ground these days, you can be sure that Kim's rocks will still be looking as glam as ever. Love might not be forever, but diamonds sure are.
Choosing Your Perfect Engagement Ring
Not many of us can splash out millions on an engagement ring but there's no harm in taking some inspiration from those who can. The huge range of different styles and cuts of ring means there is bound to be something to suit your style and tastes. Here are some things to consider.
Diamonds are Forever
Diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings and it's easy to see why. Diamonds were truly brought into the limelight for prospective fiancés thanks to jewelers, De Beers. The "Diamonds are Forever" campaign of 1947 further cemented the connection between the sparkling stones and the commitment of marriage.
De Beers also made use of many famous faces and glamorous women, showing off that diamonds were the way to go for a bit of glitz in your life. Their advertising strategies also made diamonds more appealing to the average couple, despite the price tag.
Many of the biggest names in jewelry design still work with celebrities to show off their famous designs and are always proud to announce when a celebrity couple has chosen them to have a custom piece especially made. The best celebrity engagement rings show off a wide range of different cuts and characteristics, with shimmering diamonds being the centerpiece of many designs.
A Cut Above the Rest
Once you've decided your budget you can explore our engagement ring guide and get a proper understanding of the different cuts and shapes. Classic diamond shapes such as the round and princess cut are timeless but there are plenty of unique and fancy-shaped alternatives like pear and radiant cut diamonds.
You may also wish to incorporate other precious gemstones. You can take inspiration from your favorite celebrities as you explore the range available to you and keep in mind, it's your opinion that really counts.
Do Your Detective Work
For partners who choose for their fiancés-to-be, it's important to take some serious time and be sure before making that final decision. Snoop around the home, ask subtle questions and get a real feel for the kind of ring your spouse-to-be would really love. This can be tricky without giving the game away, so consider asking friends and family to do some investigating on your behalf too.
Making the most of our resources could help too, with full engagement ring style guides, in-depth diamond education and ring size guides, to take some of the stress out of choosing the right ring.
Opt for Ultimate Uniqueness
Remember, if you can't find that perfect ring, you can always opt to build your own ring and create something 100% unique and 100% you. Crafting the perfect ring for your fiancé-to-be is a guaranteed way of showing your commitment and designing something which symbolizes your love, making it even more special than any million-dollar celebrity rock.
Let Your Love Shine
While we may dream of a ring which turns heads and attracts plenty of attention, the most important thing about your engagement ring is the love story behind it. Your own engagement ring will be as iconic to you and you can be sure it will be something you'll treasure for a lifetime.