The Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of All Time
By Virginia Van Zanten
These stunning celebrity engagement rings prove that a diamond—if not a marriage—is forever. Engagement rings have not always been all about the diamond: Roman brides were given a gold ring to wear in public and an iron ring to wear at home. In the 1700s, simple poesy rings were popular in Europe, while in New England, Puritan men—shunning frivolous rings—were thought to have given thimbles to their betrothed (though women often cut off the tops and wore them as rings anyway). Fast-forward to 1947 and De Beers’s famous slogan, “A diamond is forever.” The rest is history. Now we have everything from Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat diamond from Richard Burton (though it was just a gift, not an engagement bauble) to Kim Kardashian West’s 15-carat diamond from Kanye and Olivia Wilde's brilliant emerald from Jason Sudeikis—ring inspiration galore from some of the dazzling gems sported by stars.
- Ariana Grande
The fiancé: Pete Davidson. The ring: A three-carat pear-shaped diamond. The price: Nearly $100,000. The proposal: June 2018
- Hailey Baldwin
The fiancé: Justin Bieber. The ring: A six to 10 carat oval diamond. The proposal: July 2018
- Cardi B
The fiancé: Offset. The ring: An eight-carat tear-shaped diamond. The price: $500,000.
The marriage: September 2017
- Paris Hilton
The fiancé: Chris Zylka. The ring: A twenty carat tear-drop diamond
The price: $2 million. The proposal: January 2018.
- Princess Eugenie of York
The fiancé: Jack Brooksbank. The ring: A padparadscha sapphire surrounded by diamonds
The proposal: January 2018.
- Emily Ratajkowski
The fiancé: Sebastian Bear-McClard. The ring: Two pear and square cut diamonds with a gold band. The marriage: February 2018.
- Meghan Markle
The fiancé: Prince Harry. The proposal: November 2017. The fiancé: Prince Harry. The proposal: November 2017.
- Pippa Middleton
The fiancé: James Matthews. The ring: A large asscher-cut diamond surrounded by a cluster of smaller diamonds. The price: An estimated £200,000. The proposal: July 2016. The marriage May 2017.
- Kim Kardashian West
The fiancé: Kanye West. The ring: A 15-carat D, flawless cushion-cut diamond from jeweler.
The price: An estimated $2 million. The proposal: October 2013. The marriage: May 2014.
- Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
The fiancé: Jason Statham. The ring: A classic large center stone flanked by micro-pavé-set diamonds. The price: An estimated $350,000. The proposal: January 2016.