Famous Engagement Rings Throughout History

When it comes to renowned engagement rings, there are diamonds, and then there are diamonds. Then other precious gemstones are surrounded by even more diamonds. Exceptional women from Queen Elizabeth II to Queen Bey all got them. That is why in this article, we are going to present to your history’s most prominent, brightest, and most stunning engagement rings that stand the test of time.

Kate Middleton and Princess Diana’s engagement ring – When Charles, Prince of Wales, proposed to Lady Diana Spencer in 1981, he gave her an oval-shaped blue sapphire gemstone that is surrounded by a halo of tiny diamonds which are all attached to a white gold band. Diana picked this ring herself, and almost everyone was surprised by this move since the ring was not custom-made. It is, in fact, available for general purchase in Garrard’s jewelry collection during that time. Years later, Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, gave this ring to Kate Middleton when he proposed in 2010.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s Emerald and Diamond Ring – When John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier at a restaurant in Boston in 1953, he gave Jackie the most unique engagement ring that will never lose its iconic appeal. This ring was a Van Cleef& Arpels ring that has a tapered baguette 2.84-carat emerald that lay beside a 2.88-carat diamond, which has a stunning diamond open-halo setting.

Elizabeth Taylor’s engagement ring from Mike Todd – Throughout her lifetime, Elizabeth Taylor was married eight times, imagine how many engagements rings she has. However, out of all the eight engagement ring she has, one has stood out from all the rest. It was her engagement ring from her third marriage to film and theater producer Mike Todd. It was a 29.4-carat emerald-cut diamond, and the rock is so vast that even Elizabeth Taylor adoringly called it her “ice skating rink.”

Marilyn Monroe’s engagement ring from Joe DiMaggio – Iconic Yankee player Joe DiMaggio gave Marilyn Monroe a stunning platinum eternity band that was complete with 35 baguette-cut diamonds. Technically. It was Marilyn’s wedding band because DiMaggio gave it to her on their wedding day in January of 1954. And although their wedding did not stand the test of time, this ring’s simplistic elegance is what made it still famous until today.

Grace Kelly’s Engagement Ring – What Grace Kelly got as her engagement ring is truly fit for a princess. This is because Prince Rainier proposed to Grace Kelly with a 10 carat, emerald cut diamondback in 1956. The emerald cut diamond is mounted in a simple prong setting, and it has baguettes on either side. The simple but superbly elegant ring has become one of the most iconic rings of all time.

Priscilla Presley’s engagement ring – Elvis Presley gave Priscilla a stunning, almost yellow, square-cut diamond that was surrounded by 21 smaller white diamonds along with diamond chips on their engagement.

Audrey Hepburn engagement ring from Mel Ferrer – The Queen of style really knew how to set trends. This is because back in 1954, Mel Ferrer gave her not one, not two, but three engagement rings, a rose gold, yellow gold, and white gold, which all has a small but perfectly formed diamond. Audrey Hepburn was stacking rings 60 years before it became a trend.

Mia Farrow’s engagement ring from Frank Sinatra – in June of 1966, Frank Sinatra gave Mia Farrow a breathtaking engagement ring that is mounted with a 9-carat solitaire, pear-shaped diamond. The couple kept their engagement a secret for about a month, and then they were married shortly in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, their marriage only lasted for two years. Still, the pear-shaped diamond ring has earned its space in the lineup of the most iconic engagement rings in history.

Queen Elizabeth II’s engagement ring – Even if this might not be Her Majesty’s most significant piece of jewelry, it definitely has sentimental and symbolic value. Queen Elizabeth II’s engagement ring is a platinum band that is mounted with a 3-carat solitaire diamond that is surrounded by five smaller diamonds on each side. The said engagement ring was given to her by Prince Philip in 1947. And since then, it has become the epitome of understated elegance and class. In fact, the ring is one of the Queen’s most frequently worn pieces of jewelry.

Beyonce’s engagement ring from Jay Z – Jay Z gave Beyonce a dramatic 18-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring that was done by a jeweler to the stars Lorraine Schwartz. The choice of a simple band and the classic diamond cut is made even more dramatic and bold by the incredible size and sparkle of the stone.

Kim Kardashian engagement ring from Kanye West – Even if some people don’t like her, we think can we all agree that the ice on Kim Kardashian’s ring finger is almost too astounding. Kanye West gave Kardashian a dazzling, 15-carat, cushion-cut diamond engagement ring when he proposed to her back in 2013. Reports say that Kanye went out of his way to make sure that the ring was produced with the best diamond possible.