The old adage, ‘diamonds are a girl’s best friend’ certainly rings true at the hands of the A-list. Here, we take a look at some the most expensive – and extravagant – celebrity engagement rings, including Beyonce's dazzling diamond and the huge ring Kanye West gifted Kim Kardashian. Prepare to be blinded.
10. Catherine Zeta-Jones - $US 1 million
Catherine Zeta-Jones’ ring from her husband of 18 years, Michael Douglas, is a vintage masterpiece. Crafted by renowned jeweller Fred Leighton, the beauty coming in at 10-carats features an exquisite marquise diamond stone surrounded by an elegant diamond halo. Valued at $US 1 million, the engagement ring set the extravagant tone for their nuptials to come – the couple’s lavish wedding look place at New York City’s landmark Plaza Hotel and has been said to cost more than $US 1.5 million dollars.
9. Kate Upton - $US 1.5 million
Detroit Tigers baseball player Justin Verlander gifted Kate Upton with an exquisite 8-carat diamond when he proposed to the bombshell model and actor in 2016. The $US 1.5 million ring by Los Angeles-based fine jeweller, Anita Ko, carries a one-of-a-kind round-cut diamond in a striking six-prong setting. Known for her timeless pieces, Ko’s creation publicly adorned Upton’s hand at the 2016 Met Gala, and not a moment before – the couple kept their special news to themselves for some time before their exciting announcement.
8. Ciara - $US - 2 million
Songstress Ciara’s 16-carat diamond engagement ring from noted NFL quarterback, Russell Wilson, astounds at a value of $US 2 million. The (near-blinding) brilliant-cut diamond sits elegantly cocooned between two trapezoid-shaped diamonds, adding an extra touch of glamour to an already exquisite piece. The ring is an upgrade from her last engagement ring from former partner Future, which cost an admirable $US 500,000.
7. Blake Lively - $US 2 million
World-renowned bespoke jewellery designer, Lorraine Schwartz, is the woman behind Blake Lively’s 12-carat oval-cut diamond gifted to her by movie-star husband, Ryan Reynolds. The glamorous ring is set in a rose gold band – rare for the Hollywood pack who tend to favour white gold and platinum. Featuring pavé diamonds and coming in at a cool $US 2 million, Ryan worked closely with the designer (and close friend of the family) to create the perfect Blake-worthy creation.
6. Anna Kournikova - $US 2.5 million
There is only one thing better than an ornate, made-just-for-you engagement ring, and that’s two of them. Former Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova received not one, but two precious gems from the King of Latin Pop himself, hubby Enrique Iglesias. Alongside a radiant-cut canary yellow diamond ring, Anna received an 11-carat natural-pink pear diamond which has been estimated to cost $US 2.5 million. Crafted by Argyle Jewellers, the ring was fashioned from authentic diamonds in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia.
5. Jennifer Lopez - $US 4 million
Jennifer Lopez’s opulent 8.5-carat engagement ring by celebrated Brooklyn-raised designer, Neil Lane, has been estimated to cost an exorbitant $US 4 million. Presented to her by her ex-husband, muso and actor Marc Anthony, in 2004, the ring features a striking rare blue diamond that warrants a class of its own. When their tumultuous relationship came to an end in 2011, Jennifer was said to sell off possessions gifted to her by her former flame, including the multi-million dollar jewel.
4. Paris Hilton - $US 4.7 million
While her most recent break-up with Chris Zylka came with a $US 2 million sparkler, how can we forget her 24-carat engagement ring from Greek shipping heir, Paris Latsis? Reported to have cost $US 4.7 million, the enormous diamond was auctioned off by the American socialite shortly after their separation six months later, who admirably donated proceeds to Hurricane Katrina victims.
3. Beyoncé – $US 5 million
Valued at more than $US 5 million, Beyoncé’s 18-carat engagement ring from husband Jay Z is quite the piece. Designed by celebrity jewellery connoisseur-of-choice, Lorraine Schwartz, the flawless, dramatic design features an octagon-cut premium diamond set in a platinum split base. While she may have recently gifted her Glen Spiro butterfly ring to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, we don’t think she’ll be shedding this beauty any time soon.
2. Kim Kardashian - $US 8 million
Though it may very well have been sold on the black market after it was infamously stolen at gunpoint, Kim Kardashian’s 20-carat diamond from husband Kanye West exudes quintessential Kim-K bling. The Lorraine Schwartz creation featured a stand-out cushion-cut diamond on a platinum band with a micro-pavé setting. Rumoured to cost over $US 8 million, the ring exclusively featured type 2A diamonds, regarded as the purest form of the precious stone.
1. Mariah Carey - $US 10 million
Mariah Carey’s jaw-dropping 35-carat engagement ring from Australian billionaire James Packer stuns at a hefty $US 10 million. The enormous emerald-cut diamond designed by fine American jeweller Wilfredo Rosado, is an exemplar of the creator’s couture-level workmanship and innovative design. The sparkler, however, lived a short life on the singer’s manicured hand - the diamond was quietly sold earlier this year for $US 2.1 million after the pair parted ways in 2016.