Though diamonds are a girl’s best friend and the classic choice for an engagement ring, colored stones are a trend that continues to show up on many a celebrity’s ring finger. Opting for a colored stone is a fresh take on the traditional engagement ring, and the candy colored sparklers are unique and beautiful. Though many have tried the trend, a few specific engagement rings have stood out.
In 1795, Napoleon met his future bride, Josephine. Despite the fact that Napoleon did not have much money, he splurged and bought his love a gorgeous ring, which includes a gold band with a tear shaped sapphire and diamond in a setting called “You and Me,” which was popular in the 18th century. The stones are only a carat apiece, but the historical value of the ring cannot be underestimated. The simple but sizzling stunner was auctioned off in France for close to a million dollars in 2013, purchased by an anonymous bidder.
When film actor Ryan Reynolds proposed to blonde actress Blake Lively, he went the unconventional route. The actress’ engagement ring is a pink diamond that cost two million dollars, and the gorgeous oval cut stone is set in rose gold, with small pave diamonds around the band. Created by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, the pink diamond ring was custom designed to have an Art Deco look.
Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire engagement ring is likely the most famous engagement ring of all time. The Duchess of Cambridge wears the ring that once decorated the finger of Princess Diana, and the famous, royal ring contains an 18-carat diamond and sapphire stone that was purchased in 1981 by Prince Charles. The ring has increased in value over the years, and is now worth half a million dollars. However, no monetary amount can compete with the sentimental value of the beautiful ring, and the sweet gesture made by Prince William when he proposed with his mother’s ring.
When John F. Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, he slipped a gorgeous baguette ring on her finger. The 2-carat diamond and 2-carat emerald setting includes baguette diamonds around the stones, and the ring itself is gold. The ring set Kennedy back over a million dollars, and was designed by Van Cleef & Arpels. The unique design makes the ring stand out, and the combination of baguette stones, diamond accents, and emeralds with diamonds makes it an interesting and memorable engagement ring.
Singer and actress Jessica Simpson became engaged to Eric Johnson in 2010. Johnson went to jeweler Neil Lane, who helped him choose a romantic, 5-carat ring that includes an oversized ruby in the center embellished by two diamonds on either side. The gold ring is special to the couple because the ruby is Jessica’s birthstone, and the ruby is the stone that symbolizes love. The custom ring includes smaller diamonds that encircle the band all the way around.
Academy Award winner Halle Berry sports one of the most standout engagement rings, and one of the most costly. Her 4-carat emerald ring includes an unusual setting that is one of a kind. The hand-forged gold ring came from French jeweler Robert Mazio, and the square cut emerald is adorned with two smaller diamonds on each side of the ring. The perfect, clear emerald ring contains Phoenician codes that supposedly represent the couple’s love story, making it even more priceless than the ring’s estimated value of $200,000.
Professional hockey player Mike Fisher proposed to country singer Carrie Underwood with a canary yellow diamond engagement ring. The ring, designed by jeweler Jonathan Arndt, contains 12 carats of diamonds with the yellow diamond itself averaging roughly 5 carats, and includes a completely flawless, round cut yellow diamond in the center, encircled by smaller diamonds. The ring is rumored to be worth over a million dollars, and her wedding ring fits into the diamond beautifully for a stunning set.
Former American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has come a long way from her humble days in Texas. The popular singer said yes to Brandon Blackstock’s proposal when he presented her with a jaw-dropping square cut yellow canary diamond ring. The ring, created by Jonathan Arndt, includes a flawless yellow diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds, with diamonds embellishing the band of the ring. The ring, valued at $150,000, is one of the most talked about and beautiful colored engagement rings of all time.
Actress, model, and fashion designer Elizabeth Hurley accepted a square-cut sapphire engagement ring from cricket player Shane Warne when he proposed marriage. The ring boasts 2-carat trillion-cut diamonds on each side of the oversized 9-carat sapphire, and the value of the ring is over $100,000. The platinum ring may include a sapphire due to the popularity of the sapphire in Britain, which symbolized royalty and is a favorite of the royal family.
Multi-platinum singer Mariah Carey is the proud owner of a $2.5 million dollar engagement ring, chosen by husband Nick Cannon and designed by Jacob & Co. The ring includes a gorgeous 17-carat pink diamond, set in a square-cut design and embellished with small diamonds around the band, as well as two larger diamonds on each side of the pink sparkler in the center. Known as one of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings, the pink diamond ring is also one of the largest, and seems to fit well with the diva’s oversized personality and sense of style.