The bigger the diamond, the better. Perhaps never more so than when it comes to engagement rings, and especially those of the rich and the famous. During the 50s and 60s, Hollywood's obsession with gigantic engagement rings took off, and it's continued ever since. Check out 10 of the most illustrious celebrity engagement rings we've seen to date.
10. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe and baseball player Joe DiMaggio proved that big diamonds don't always guarantee long marriages - the pair were wed for only nine months. Nonetheless, the baguette-cut diamond eternity band was an absolute beauty.
9. Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston and actor Justin Theroux got married in 2015 at a secret wedding. Justin's love for Jen is clear with this engagement ring, whose value is estimated at over €1 million!
8. Mia Farrow
In the summer of 1966, actress Mia Farrow married crooner Frank Sinatra. Frank gave Mia this 9-carat dazzler. The marriage only lasted two years, which seems long for Hollywood, but the two remained intimate friends even after the divorce.
7. Victoria Beckham
Football player and 'Sexiest Man Alive' David Beckham proposed to former Spice Girl Victoria with a diamond ring. Victoria actually thought the ring was on the small side and opted for an upgrade in 2002. In the following years, Victoria changed her ring multiple times, from a giant pear shape to a square cut emerald and yellow coloured baguette. She's changed her ring a total of 13 times during her marriage to David.
6. Jacqueline Kennedy
On June 24, 1953 John F. Kennedy asked Jackie to marry him with this ring. Despite the tragic end to their marriage, this ring will never lose its impressive stature.
5. Angelina Jolie
The engagement ring worn by one half of the most famous ex-couple in showbiz, 'Brangelina,' cannot be missed on this list! The ring took about a year for Brad Pitt and jewellery designer Robert Procop to perfect. Immediately after the engagement, Angelina was often seen without the ring, and it's rumoured that she doesn't like the ring because it's too large and gaudy. We couldn't disagree more!
4. Grace Kelly
Prince Rainer of Monaco proposed to actress Grace Kelly in 1955 with a modest diamond ring. But, when he noticed that many actresses of her caliber were boasting much larger rings, he surprised her with a Cartier 10.5-carat emerald cut diamond ring. Happy wife, happy life!
3. Elizabeth Hurley
Australian cricket player Shane Warne gave Elizabeth Hurley this 9-carat sapphire ring in 2011 for their engagement. Their engagement ended in 2013, so this stunner never made it down the aisle, but this blue diamond is certainly deserving of a top spot on this list.
2. Elizabeth Taylor
As Elizabeth Taylor collected men, she collected some magnificent jewellery. Taylor was married a whopping eight times, and when Richard Burton popped the question to her, he gave her a 33-carat diamond ring. This 'Krupp diamond' was so unique and gorgeous the name was later changed to the 'Elizabeth Taylor Diamond.'
1. Kate Middleton / Diana Spencer
The most famous engagement ring in the world is no doubt the ring Prince Charles gave to Diana Spencer upon their engagement. After her tragic accident, the ring was given to her son William. William chose to honour his mother and officially welcome Kate Middleton into the family history by giving this ring to her for their engagement in 2010.
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