What’s the best thing about a celebrity engagement? The thrill of the upcoming wedding? The delight that fills your heart as you watch a committed couple exchange a promise of marriage? The feeling that love is, perhaps, not dead after all? Nope, none of those. It’s the rings. After all, a marriage might not last, but a decent engagement ring might. As a society we’re obsessed with those sparkly things, and the bigger and more ostentatious the better. And these 20 famous women didn’t let us down when it came to that element of their relationships.
20. Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey’s had a few engagement rings over the years, but perhaps the most extravagant is the one James Packer gave her in 2016. Speaking to Vogue about the 35-carat gem, ring designer Wilfredo Rosado said, “I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to.” And judging by the grin on Carey’s face, we think he did just that.
19. Sofía Vergara
Sofía Vergara’s engagement ring from fellow star Joe Manganiello is unusually made of platinum and features a huge central cushion-cut diamond. And it obviously fulfilled her requirements, as the actress and model has previously joked that she only said yes to her future husband after first checking on the quality of the ring. Cheeky!
18. Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian’s first engagement ring from husband Kanye West was a superior 15-carat gem that set him back millions. Then he gave her another which cost even more! Unfortunately, this last sparkler was stolen when the reality star was robbed at gunpoint in Paris in 2016; luckily, though, she still has the original. Well, one ring is definitely better than none…
17. Miley Cyrus
Liam Hemsworth wanted “something unusual” for his proposal to Miley Cyrus in 2012. So, in his own words, designer Neil Lane created “a contemporary design based on vintage aesthetics.” And featuring as it does a center stone cut in the 19th century, the three-and-a-half-carat diamond sparkler is simple yet beautiful.
16. Kate Middleton
The Duchess of Cambridge’s stunning, sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring is perhaps the only modern-day engagement ring to have its own Wikipedia page. It once belonged to Diana, Princess of Wales, and her son Prince William used it to propose to Kate in 2010. Aww.
15. Jennifer Aniston
In 2012 Jennifer Aniston’s fiancé Justin Theroux gave her a massive diamond engagement ring worth a cool $1 million. But the Friends star wasn’t completely sold on the ten-carat piece at first, telling The New York Times in 2015, “It took me a while to get used to it.” Well, there’s just no pleasing some people!
14. Katie Holmes
Never one to do things by halves, Tom Cruise gave Katie Holmes a unique and very expensive engagement ring back in 2005. It’s made of rose gold and platinum with an oval-shaped gem set in diamonds and is both chic and elegant – just like Holmes.
13. Blac Chyna
The engagement ring given to model Blac Chyna by Rob Kardashian in 2016 apparently cost around $325,000. That’ll be down to the seven-carat diamond it features, then, which is suitably big and blingy for a Kardashian. And, reportedly, Chyna loves it.
12. Carrie Underwood
Country star Underwood was given a flawless yellow, five-carat diamond sparkler by her fiancé, hockey pro Mike Fisher. Designed by jeweler Johnathan Arndt, it’s thought to be worth over $1 million. Plus, it matches her hair!
Beyoncé’s platinum engagement ring from Jay Z was dreamed up by celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz and features a huge 18-carat diamond. And given its $5 million price tag, this is one piece of high-class bling. Somewhat amusingly, though, Beyoncé apparently doesn’t wear it much as it’s too heavy. Yep, really.
10. Elizabeth Taylor
Famously, actress Elizabeth Taylor went through multiple engagement rings. One of the largest and most spectacular she owned, though, was the 30-carat emerald Cartier stunner she received from producer Michael Todd. What’s more, he also gave her a matching tiara – which is just showing off, really.
9. Chrissy Teigen
John Legend proposed to model Chrissy Teigen with a beautiful cushion-cut ring in a diamond-studded band. And while Teigen has since revealed few other details about the piece, she has nevertheless shown it off on social media – a lot.
In 2012 reality TV star Snooki received a princess-cut, five-carat engagement ring worth $55,000 from her fiancé Jionni LaValle. Plus, he helped design the ring himself as a surprise for her! Good job, LaValle, good job.
7. Khloé Kardashian
Khloé Kardashian’s radiant-cut engagement ring from Lamar Odom isn’t quite as massive as her sister’s one from Kanye West, but it’s still mightily impressive. A 12.5-carat piece made by Vartan’s Fine Jewelry, it cost a whopping $850,000.
6. Jesy Nelson
Little Mix star Jesy Nelson received a beautiful heart-shaped diamond ring worth over $60,000 just before going on stage to perform in 2015. As soon as the show started, then, she got to show off the ring – from then-fiancé Jake Roche – to all her fans.
5. Jessica Biel
The ring Justin Timberlake gave to actress Jessica Biel in 2012 is both massive and massively expensive. In fact, the vintage-style, square-cut diamond-featuring piece apparently cost the singer $130,000. Still, there’s no doubt that, like his wife, it’s pretty gorgeous.
4. Paris Hilton
When Paris Hilton’s short-lived engagement to Paris Latsis began in 2005, she was gifted an absolutely colossal 24-carat diamond ring worth an astonishing $4.7 million. Unfortunately, even that grand gesture wasn’t enough to make the wedding actually go ahead.
3. Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway’s six-carat engagement ring was designed by top jewelers Kwiat with help from her now-husband Adam Shulman. And there’s something else extra special about it: all its jewels were sourced ethically. Neat.
2. Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
When it came to buying model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley a diamond engagement ring, Jason Statham – like the characters he plays – didn’t pull any punches. So he gifted her a five-carat diamond dazzler worth $350,000, which no one could miss when she showed it off at the 2016 Golden Globes.
1. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck were the power couple back in 2003, and Affleck cemented that partnership with a pink, six-carat diamond ring worth $2.5 million. When they split up, though, she gave it back to him. But let’s face it – JLo could definitely snap up another even more gorgeous bauble if she so chose.