Getting the right engagement ring for your partner can be tough especially since many jewellers no longer have the skill to make bespoke items, most of the time you are left with choosing a ring from a limited number of designs that they happen to have in stock. We’re trying to change that at Parnelle Diamonds where we’ll work with you to create an engagement ring that matches your taste, style and budget exactly.
Below we’ve put together some of the most iconic celebrity engagement rings from the past 100 years to help get your creative ideas flowing.
Victoria and David Beckham
Former spice girl Victoria (Posh) began dating football superstar David Beckham in 1997 followed soon after by the announcement of their engagement in 1998. David proposed with a gorgeous marquise cut diamond set in a yellow gold band costing €75,000 at the time. Over the course of their 17 year relationship David has given Victoria a total of 13 engagement rings worth approximately €4 million.
Prince William and Kate Middleton
Prince William proposed to his girlfriend Kate Middleton using Princess Diana’s engagement ring kept by the prince as a token of remembrance of his late mother. The ring comprises a 12 carat centre sapphire surrounded by a halo of 14 round brilliant white diamonds in an 18k white gold setting. The ring was purchased from Garrards jewellers for £28,000 but is rumored to be worth in excess of £300,000 now.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
Perfectionist Brad Pitt took over a year to design the ring, with jeweller Robert Procop, he proposed to Angelina Jolie with in 2012. The modern style ring consists of a 16 carat emerald shaped centre diamond in a yellow gold setting costing Pitt $250,000.
Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds
Reynolds proposed to then girlfriend Blake Lively with a 12ct oval diamond in a rose gold pave setting. The ring is supposed to have cost in excess of $1.9 million.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
Rap superstar Jay-Z proposed to singer Beyonce with an elongated 18 carat asscher cut diamond set in a split shank platinum band designed by jeweller Lorraine Schwartz in 2007. The diamond is internally flawless and is said to have cost approx $5 million.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Yeezy proposed to Kim with a 15 carat flawless clarity, D colour diamond ring worth $1.6 million designed by jeweller Lorraine Schwartz.
Grace Kelly and Price Rainer 3rd of Monaco
Prince Rainier proposed to actress Grace Kelly in 1958 with a cartier designed 10 carat emerald shaped centre stone that was flanked by two baguette cut side diamonds in a platinum setting.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
Now divorced, Nick Cannon proposed to Mariah Carey with a 17 ct emerald shaped pink cut centre diamond surrounded by 58 intense pink round brilliant diamonds and flanked by a half moon shaped diamond on either side of the centre stone. Designed by Jacob and Co the ring is worth over $2.5 million.
Jackie and John F. Kennedy
Considered the closest thing to an American royal family John F. Kennedy proposed to Jackie with a bespoke engagement ring. John, knowing of Jackie’s love for emeralds created a ring that consisted of twin centre stones of diamond and emerald with marquise and round brilliant diamonds surrounding the two centre stones and set into the yellow gold band.
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton
Twice married, Taylor and Burton had a tumultuous relationship. Meeting first on the set of Cleopatra Burton proposed with a massive 33 carat cut cornered rectangular shaped diamond known originally as the Krupp diamond, later renamed to the Elizabeth Taylor diamond, in a platinum setting. The diamond is a spectacular example of a perfect diamond as it is internally flawless and a D colour making it the most rare of an already rare item.
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