Some of the biggest celebrity engagement rings have been iconic pieces of jewelry for not just love and marriage, but status and divorce. Female celebrities have been showing off their extravagant rocks since Liz Taylor set the standard for diamonds everywhere. Engagement rings have become a fashion statement attached to a lifetime promise, and we’ve found the 40 biggest stones that prove a diamond is forever, even if the marriage isn’t.
Kate’s Blue Sapphire engagement ring was originally Princess Diana’s back in 1981. 14 solitaire diamonds circumference the 12-carat, oval-shaped sapphire in the center. Prince William proposed to Kate with his late mother’s ring to symbolize her presence at their wedding and in his life.
Jackie Onassis Kennedy
In 1953, Jackie Onassis Kennedy was proposed to, by John F. Kennedy, with a 2-carat diamond and 2-carat emerald ring.The ring is set with baguette diamonds surrounding the two stones and has a gold band. The ring reportedly cost over $1 million.
Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat engagement ring from Richard Burton cost him $305,000, back in 1969. The diamond is now worth over $1 million today. Liz wore the engagement ring quite often until she thought it was too big for her finger and had it transformed into a necklace.
Mia Farrow became engaged to Frank Sinatra in 1966. During his proposal, he presented the actress a 9-carat, pear-shaped, solitaire diamond ring. Mia was only 20 years old at the time and was already wearing a fortune on her finger.
Lucille Ball may have had one of the most unique engagement rings of all time. Her television co-star and soon-to-be husband in real-life, Desi Arnaz, gave Ball a 40 carat aquamarine stone that sat on a thin, gold band. There were six diamonds on each side of the stone, bringing together the fine, cushion-cut setting.
Jay-Z proposed to Beyoncé with a $5 million diamond ring. The ring is a 20-carat, octagon-shaped diamond with a platinum-split setting. It is currently one of the most expensive engagement rings in the world.
When Jennifer Aniston agreed to marry Justin Theroux, he presented her with an 8-carat diamond. The engagement ring was made by an unknown designer, but its appearance certainly makes itself known in public. After two years of wearing it, Jen even admits that it took some time for her to get used to the “rock.”
Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring from Kanye West may have trumped her first ring from Kris Humphries. It’s custom-made, boasting 15 carats, from designer Lorraine Schwartz. Kanye had designed the ring and made sure that the cut and clarity was top of the line before proposing to Kim.
Brangelina may be breaking up, but we’ll always remember the ring. The ring is valued at $250,000 and took Brad almost a year to design. Since news of their divorce proceedings went public, it’s now reported that the estranged pair is fighting over who takes custody… of the engagement ring.
Pippa Middleton used to be known as Kate’s younger sister, but since the Royal Wedding in 2011, it’s safe to say that she’s stolen the spotlight for herself. Pippa’s engagement ring from husband-to-be James Matthews is an art deco style, designed with a square diamond. The stone is 4 carats in size and appears to be a vintage masterpiece.
Christina Aguilera’s engagement ring from Matt Rutler is a stunning 15-carat diamond that’s worth $40,000. The ring features a vintage design that incorporates an art-deco influence into its overall appearance. It’s Christina’s second engagement.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds are already pop culture’s millennial definition of love, so of course, the ring had to match up to the hype surrounding them. Ryan gave Blake a rose-gold band that displays an oval-shaped, solitaire diamond. The stone is about 14 carats.
Lisa Vanderpump’s engagement ring is a sight to be seen. The massive, rectangular-shaped diamond may be 20 carats in size now, but when her husband proposed to Vanderpump in 1984 the stone wasn’t so grand. The updated version of her ring is set on a platinum band and features an emerald cut.
Paris Hilton’s 25-carat white diamond ring is valued at $4 million. The hotel heiress became engaged to Paris Latsis a few years ago, but the pair split up after a short engagement. It was rumored that Hilton had exchanged the ring for a replica that fit a small scale.
Heidi Klum’s engagement ring to Seal was a 10-carat, canary yellow diamond. Designed by Lorraine Schwartz, the engagement ring was valued $150,000. Heidi and Seal filed for divorce in 2012 after 7 years of marriage.
Mariah Carey’s third engagement ring is a 35-carat diamond set in a platinum band. Her fiancee, James Packer, bought the ring for $7 million and is reportedly the size of Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé’s engagement rings combined. This will be Carey and Packer’s third marriage each.
Hilary Duff once possessed one of Hollywood’s most lust-worthy rocks. She married NFL player, Mike Comrie, back in 2011 after he proposed to her with a $1 million engagement ring. The diamond was 14 carats featuring an emerald cut. The couple eventually divorced in 2014.
Just three years after divorcing Ryan Reynolds, Scarlett Johanson started sporting a new ring on that all important finger after becoming engaged to French journalist Romain Dauriac. This time around though, Scar Jo went for a vintage style ring featuring three round diamonds on a large rectangular, in an Art Deco setting. Gorgeous!
Avril Lavigne was given a 14-carat diamond ring by her former husband, Chad Kroeger. The pear-shaped diamond has an estimated value of $1 million. The musical pair were only dating for 6 months when they got engaged and ended up getting a divorce in 2015.
Olivia Wilde has a unique engagement ring, with original style to match her personality. Jason Sudeikis picked out the antique ring with Wilde’s eyes in mind, an authentic treasure from 1920’s Paris. The circular diamond is surrounded by tiny emeralds at the edge.
Eva Longoria’s second engagement ring is surely something to marvel at. The oval-shaped Ruby stone is decorated from all sides with solitaire diamonds. It appears to be the same style as Princess Diana’s 1980’s engagement ring, and definitely a different look from Eva’s usual style.
Ciara’s engagement ring is designed with a 16-carat diamond from her now-husband, Russel Wilson. The square-shaped rock is centered inside of 4 trapezoid-shaped diamonds. This is her second engagement and first marriage.
Jennifer Lopez’s engagement ring from Marc Anthony was a rare treasure. The light blue, 8.5-carat diamond was valued at $4 million, and sold after the divorce, along with valuables gifted to her by Anthony. The couple was married for seven years.
Jessica Biel’s engagement ring from Justin Timberlake may be vintage, but it has a modern touch to it. The diamond is 6 carats in size with 2 aquamarine stones on each side. The couple dated for 4 years, on and off, before deciding to make it official and commit for a lifetime.
Lady Gaga and her former fiancee, Taylor Kinney, made quite the stir when he popped the question with a 10-carat, heart-shaped diamond. Gaga’s engagement ring had a little something extra on the band’s exterior; an “I love S” specifically designed by Kinney. The internationally-adored couple broke hearts everywhere, ironically enough, when they called it quits in early 2016.
Katie Holmes may not have had the perfect marriage to Tom Cruise, but the ring was pretty darn close. Cruise proposed to Katie on top of the Eiffel Tower with the 10-carat diamond in 2005. It cost around $250,000.
Would anyone expect Melania Trump’s engagement ring to be anything other than extreme? When the Donald proposed in 2004, he spent around $3 million trying to impress his foreign love. The ring’s diamond is about 12 carats in size.
Anna Kournikova’s engagement ring is worth an estimated $2.5 million. The pear-shaped diamond is a bright shade of pink and has a Trillian stone on each side of the band. The ring in its entirety is equal to 11 carats.
Sure, Grace Kelly had a fairy-tale wedding, but she also had the ring to match. The royal rock was a 10.5-carat, emerald cut diamond with baguette stones adorned along the edges. Grace’s Prince had originally proposed with a Ruby, but decided to find a ring more suited for a Hollywood icon almost immediately after she said yes.
Kristin Cavallari gained celebrity status after playing the villain on on MTV reality shows “The Hills” and “Laguna Beach.” As it turns out, she would eventually achieve a happy ending fit for a princess and has this 5-carat diamond ring to prove it. The center stone was decorated with an all diamond, platinum band.
Michael Douglas proposed to Catherine Zeta-Jones with one of the most talked about engagement rings in Hollywood history. The antique, marquis diamond features timeless style that beauty wears well. The center stone is a whopping 10 carats and is surrounded by 28 smaller diamonds for a dazzling effect.
Queen Elizabeth ll
When Elizabeth II married her late husband Prince Phillip, she accepted a beautiful engagement ring that was also a piece of royal family history. Similar to the gesture William chose to honor his mother Diana, Phillip honored his own mother’s memory with a symbol of marriage. The diamonds featured on the ring came from the tiara of Princess Andrew of Greece.
When George Clooney finally decided to settle down, he spent a whopping $750,000 on his bride-to-be. Amal’s engagement ring is a platinum set, emerald-cut diamond that measures 7 carats in size. However, Amal has recently admitted that she downgraded the ring to a more practical, everyday size.
Gabrielle Union’s relationship with NBA star, Dwyane Wade, may have been a little rocky in the past, but he gave her an even greater rock to jump-start their future. The ring reportedly costs $1 million and has a cushion-cut, 8-carat diamond sitting front-and-center. The two have been married since 2014.
Justin Verlander’s engagement ring to Kate Upton is being coined as “extra special.” The sports star worked side by side with jewelry designer Anita Ko to create the perfect diamond ring. The ring itself is worth $1.5 million.
After 6 months of dating, Vanessa said yes to a marriage proposal from NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Bryant presented his now ex-wife with a 7-carat diamond that cost around $100,000. They married young; Vanessa was 18 years old and Kobe was just 22.
Emilie De Ravin
“Once Upon A Time” star Emilie de Ravin, became engaged this past year to director Eric Bilitch. The diamond is centered over a pave-studded band set in platinum. The cushion-cut ring is 2 carats in size and modestly designed.
Hilary Swank is another Hollywood superstar with an original-looking ring. The Oscar winner’s engagement ring is an emerald beauty circled by smaller diamonds. Swank ended the engagement after 3 months.
Emmy Rossum’s engagement ring is as classic as her striking good looks. The “Shameless” actress, engaged to Sam Esmail, admittedly loves her vintage diamond ring. She chose to place the value on the ring’s previous stories, as opposed to the stone’s size in carats.
Born as Wallis Simpson, the eventual Duchess would soon be the center in one of history’s most scandalous love affairs. Wallis had an extra-marital affair with Prince Edward of Wales in 1931, and the two fell in love before Edward ascended as England’s King in 1936. Although Wallis divorced her husband, the British government did not support the new King’s wish to marry a commoner, who would become Queen. Edward renounced his throne for his true love and proposed with an elegant, 19-carat emerald ring.