When you’re looking for the perfect ring for your partner, it’s important to find a little inspiration along the way. Even if they might be a little out of your price range, you’d be surprised at how handy it can be to have some visual reference points when making that big decision. Here’s a list of some of the most magnificent celebrity engagement rings in recent memory.
5. Victoria and David Beckham
The pop star turned fashion designer, Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham, married soccer super star David Beckham way back in 1999. He proposed to her with a magnificent 3-carat marquise-cut diamond. He later upgraded it to a super sized pear-shaped jaw dropper embedded on a diamond-encrusted band. She has the nickname “Posh” for a reason.
4. Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Back in 2010, just three months into their whirlwind love affair, the British larrikin, Russell Brand, presented the all American dream girl, Katy Perry, with a 5-carat pink diamond ring. Her reaction? She hated it and swapped it for a 3-carat Cartier dazzler apparently worth close to $120,000. Sadly for Russell, the pair’s turbulent relationship came to an end just two years later, in January of 2012. We hope she kept the ring.
3. Kate Middleton and Prince William
The ever charming, Prince William, popped the big question to his longtime love, Kate Middleton with the exact same 18-carat sapphire and diamond engagement ring that belonged to his late mother, Princess Diana. It’s value, you ask? Priceless, of course!
2. Beyoncé Knowles and Jay Z
Beyoncé’s 2008 wedding to the king of rap royalty, Jay Z, was a pretty hush-hush affair, but there is absolutely no hiding the impeccable 18-carat diamond ring designed by Lorraine Schwartz, reportedly valued at more that $5 million. Wow.
1. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
You have to hand it to him, Kanye West, went above and beyond when he popped the question to the famous-for-being-famous, Kim Kardashian. He painstakingly worked with 4 different jewelers to have 3 different individual rings crafted especially for the occasion. And then, the night before the event, he chose one. It’s a flawless 15-carat diamond ring by celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz.
Honorable mention: Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney
Hollywood hunk, George Clooney, gave the beautiful British lawyer, Amal Alamuddin, a 7-carat ethically-sourced diamond ring when they got engaged back in April 2014. This was one of the most fitting celebrity proposals ever as Alamuddin is an internationally recognized human rights activist.