After we learnt a bit more about the origin and meaning of the engagement ring, let’s now have a look at those exchanged between celebrity couples: here is the ranking of the 10 most expensive engagement rings in the history of Hollywood! Yet, will expensive also mean elegant?
Let’s move up our staggering top ten starting from the bottom!
10) Ryan Reynolds to Blake Lively – 2,5 million dollars
Actor Ryan Reynolds asked beautiful Blake Lively to marry him with a rose gold ring and a 12-carat oval-cut pink diamond. Inspired by Art Déco patterns, Reynolds designed the precious ring in collaboration with the famous jewelry brand Lorraine Schwartz. A perfect program for “la vie en rose”!
9) Nick Cannon to Mariah Carey – 2,5 million dollars
For his marriage proposal to stellar singer Mariah Carey, producer Nick Cannon chose a super ring by Jacob & Co.: a 17-carat emerald-cut pink diamond surrounded by 58 pink solitaries and two side diamonds. For a diva such as Carey you wouldn’t expect anything less extravagant!
8) Aristotle Onassis to Jaqueline Kennedy – 2,6 million dollars
When Aristotle Onassis decided to ask for the hand of one of the most emblematic women of his time – the elegant Jacqueline Kennedy – he decided to be mindless of expense. The greek ship owner chose a 40,42-carat diamond ring, the Lesotho III, one of the eighteen diamonds originated from the famous 601-carat Lesotho diamond, extracted and marketed in 1968 by the American firm Henry Winston. Unfortunately the precious jewel didn’t bring much luck and happiness to the couple.
7) Donald Trump to Melania Knauss – 3 million dollars
Nowadays everyone knows the name (and the famous hairstyle) of presidential candidate Donald Trump. In 2004, the American tycoon wooed the Slovenian model Melania Knauss with a 15-carat emerald-cut diamond of an alleged value of about $ 3 million. Certainly we don’t envy her husband but we like her ring very much!
6) Marc Anthony to Jennifer Lopez – 4,1 million dollars
For years one of Hollywood’s most popular couple, beautiful J Lo said Yes to Marc Anthony when he put on her finger a very rare 8,5-carat blue diamond. After the divorce, J Lo auctioned all jewels given by ex-husband, including the engagement ring which was sold for $ 4.1 million. What a shame the efforts to seek such a rare stone weren’t rewarded with a happy marriage!
5) Rainier III, Prince of Monaco to Grace Kelly – 4,06 million dollars
After an astonishing film career, the iconic Hitchcockian actress got married to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, who asked her hand with a 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond. Adorning the central stone, were two baguette diamonds added on the already precious platinum frame. A truly royal engagement!
4) Paris Latsis to Paris Hilton – 4,7 million dollars
The young greek ship owner Paris Latsis gave the rich heiress Paris Hilton a 24-carat diamond ring which was allegedly valued 4.7 million dollars. The relationship ended miserably after only six months but fortunately the value of a couple is not measured by the sparkling of the ring!
3) Kanye West to Kim Kardashian – tra 4 e 5 million dollars
American singer Kanye West wooed the star of the reality shows Kim Kardashian with a 15-carat diamond designed by Lorraine Schwartz. The estimated value was between 4 and 5 million dollars. No simple trifles for the Kardashians!
2) Jay Z to Beyoncé – 5 million dollars
Jay Z asked the beautiful Queen Bey to marry him with a 18-carat diamond designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Well, divas will be divas!
1) Richard Burton to Elizabeth Taylor – 8,8 million dollars
For years considered the most iconic Hollywood couple, Richard Burton gave British-American actress Elizabeth Taylor a 33-carat diamond Asscher-cut. The ring was originally owned by German actress Vera Krupp, the wife of industrialist Alfred Krupp, and was sold in a Christie’s auction for the princely sum of $ 8.8 million. Apparently, Hollywood doesn’t know half measures!
Dear brides-to-be, we hope all these sparkles and shines didn’t dazzle and bedazzled you! Never lose sight of what’s truly priceless: a happy marriage, not a thing! So, after reading this piece, don’t sulk if your fiancés didn’t give you a million dollar engagement ring!
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