Wedding and engagement rings are arguably the most important pieces of jewellery a woman will own. That’s why many rings become famous and remembered throughout history, and here are some of the engagement and wedding rings that have become iconic over time and even influenced major trends.
- Princess Diana and Kate Middleton
When Kate Middleton got engaged to Prince William back in 2010, the public instantly recognised the beautiful oval sapphire ring on her finger. This sparkling halo ring once belonged to her late mother-in-law, Princess Diana, giving it special significance and meaning it already had iconic status.
Beyoncé’s engagement ring is said to be among the most expensive ever made, with most jewellers putting it in the $5 million US dollar mark. Featuring a 24-carat emerald-cut diamond, this engagement ring is certainly eye-catching and pairs well with her red carpet looks.
- Meghan Markle
Meghan Markle’s ring was designed especially for her, but there was still a nod to Princess Diana, using two diamonds that belonged to her. With a huge central solitaire and diamond studded band, Meghan got plenty of bling in her ring.
- Elizabeth Taylor
Elizabeth Taylor said ‘I do’ seven times, which means she got to show off some seriously impressive rings, including:
- A 29.4 carat emerald cut Cartier engagement ring from Mike Todd
- A cabochon sapphire that started a trend for sapphire engagement rings
- An 18-carat emerald ring from Richard Burton that could also be worn as a brooch
- When she got engaged to Eddie Fisher, Taylor was given a 40-carat diamond bracelet instead of a ring for an unconventional look
- Marilyn Monroe
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When she married baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe was given a platinum wedding band made up of 35 baguette cut diamonds. This sparkly look is still popular today, especially for eternity rings, and if you visit a diamond jewellery store, you will see lots of similar modern styles that will make any woman feel like a movie star.
- Jacqueline Kennedy
Jackie Kennedy was known for her love of fine jewellery, so her engagement ring was no exception. Made in an art deco style with a nearly 3-carat emerald, an equally sized diamond solitaire, and marquise cut diamonds, this unique ring was worth over $1 million US back in the 1950s.
- Paris Hilton
Paris is hardly known for being understated, so when she got engaged to actor Chris Zylka, she needed a ring to suit her personality. Her 20-carat tear drop diamond ring was perfect for her style, with the centre diamond surrounded by a halo of smaller gems. The ring was once lost in a nightclub, leading to a frantic search, before it was found in an ice bucket. Unfortunately, the engagement didn’t last, but apparently Paris was so fond of the ring, she kept hold of it.
Many engagement and wedding rings stand the test of time and are remembered forever, whether it’s because of the sheer size of the gemstones or the unique style.