While very few moments can compare to the love of your life getting down on one knee and professing their undying love to you. We have to admit that receiving a shiny diamond ring to sweeten the offer is a close second. But when it comes to picking out an engagement ring, there are some sacrifices couples must make to ensure the ring matches their taste without completely blowing the wedding budget. For example, carat size might be compromised for a clear, high-quality rock.
But with connections and funds as far as the eye can see, celebrities spare no expense when getting engaged. In fact, the rich and famous’s engagement rings are downright outrageous. For your viewing — OK, and lusting — pleasure, we’ve rounded up the 12 most extravagant celebrity engagement rings of all time.
1. Kim Kardashian West’s Lorraine Schwartz
Say what you will about Kanye and Kim Kardashian West, but the couple seems to stick by each other’s sides through the good and the bad. Between wardrobe overhauls, luxurious vacations, and a multi-day wedding ceremony in France, it’s also safe to say the couple spares no expense when showering each other with love and praise. And then there’s the engagement ring Yeezy presented to the social media mogul back in 2013.
Clocking in at 15 carats, The Huffington Post reports the ring is roughly 10.7 to 15 times larger than the average American woman’s engagement ring. If you read that last sentence without flinching, try this on for size: Kanye recently replaced the original ring with a 20-carat sparkler. Wow. Unfortunately, engagement ring 2.0 was the same rock that was stolen during Kardashian West’s traumatic Parisian heist back in 2016.
2. Sofia Vergara’s (reportedly) Lorraine Schwartz
The courtship of the Modern Family actress and Joe Manganiello is the epitome of a celebrity whirlwind romance. The sexy couple started dating in 2014 and were engaged a few months later. And what better to follow a speedy love story like a jaw-dropping ring? Not much is known about the engagement ring — the designer is even under speculation. But the rumored Lorraine Schwartz gem clocks in at 7 carats. What we do know for sure is that it’s stunning in photos.
3. Princess Diana’s/Kate Middleton’s from Garrard Jewelers
Who wouldn’t want to choose their own engagement ring? While Princess Diana’s relationship with Prince Charles was far from a fairy tale, she was able to choose her own ring from Garrard Jewelers. She settled on oval, 18-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 small diamonds. And when her son, Prince William, popped the question to his now-wife Kate Middleton, he sealed the deal with his mom’s ring. Just goes to show that a colored engagement ring is unconventional, yet timeless.
4. Kaitlyn Bristowe’s Neil Lane
If you’ve seen a season of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, you’ve seen them all. There’s a guy or girl and a slew of hopeless romantic hopefuls. There’s some drama — and some people who “aren’t there for the right reasons” — but the guy ultimately gets down on one knee to propose to the woman of his dreams. Best of all, he sweetens the deal with a custom Neil Lane sparkler.
Out of all the rings that made an appearance on the show, the one Kaitlyn Bristowe received is hands-down the most extravagant. After a controversial season, the bachelorette chose personal trainer Shawn Booth (a.k.a. Shawn B.) at the final rose ceremony. He popped the question with a 3.5-carat round-cut diamond with a twisted, diamond-encrusted band. According to People, Neil Lane actually designed the ring for her. As for the price? This rock is rumored to retail at a casual $150,000.
5. Mariah Carey’s Wilfredo Rosado
Because Mariah Carey has several multi-platinum hits, an affinity for sparkle, and personality that’s just as loud as her voice, subtle is the last thing we’d call her. The pop star has been engaged (and even married) several times, but the ring she received from former fiancé James Packer takes the cake.
Esteemed jeweler — and close friend to Carey — Wilfredo Rosado was the genius behind this crisp, emerald-cut stunner. “I wanted to create the most gorgeous ring for my dear friend, but I also wanted to create the most stunning ring for one of the most iconic divas of our generation,” he told Hello! According to a number of sources, the 35-carat rock cost $10 million. We’ll let that sink in.
Unfortunately, the engagement was called off months after the proposal. But like any diva, she reportedly demanded to keep the stunner.
6. Lady Gaga’s Lorraine Schwartz
Lady Gaga has come a long way from her meat dress days, but she still loves to make a statement with her clothes and accessories. Case in point, the engagement ring ex-fiancé Taylor Kinney gave her. The 6-carat, heart-shaped diamond may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it was a sweet sentiment. The sparkler also featured a mirco-pavé band and a “T <3 S” inscription inside. The couple never made it down the aisle, but it is reported Gaga was able to keep the ring.
7. Angelina Jolie’s Robert Proco
If you’re still in denial that Brangelina is over, you might want to grab a box of tissues. Ever since the star-crossed lovers met on the set of Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have been the ultimate Hollywood couple. And when they tied the knot, the ring did not disappoint. Reports claim that Pitt (ever the romantic) co-designed Jolie’s vintage-inspired ring with jeweler Robert Proco. The ring set the actor back a cool $250,000 and took him a year to design. Crying yet?
8. Jennifer Aniston’s Michael M
Speaking of Brangelina, Pitt’s ex-wife, Jennifer Aniston, also moved on with a stunning sparkler. The actress received a gorgeous engagement ring designed by Michael M. Though the 8-carat diamond is categorically impressive, Aniston admits it’s too large. “I’m not a diamond girl,” she told The New York Times. “I’m more Indian jewelry and stuff.” Well, can’t blame a guy for trying.
9. Elizabeth Taylor
The late actress had a knack for collecting two things: Men and very expensive jewelry. But perhaps no ring is as extravagant as the rock Richard Burton gave Taylor in 1968. Sure, it wasn’t an engagement ring per say (Burton gave her unconventional gems as engagement gifts) but she wore it on her ring finger for most of her life.
The stats? A clear, relatively flawless, 33.19-carat Asscher cut diamond that sold for $8.8 million back in 2011. According to Worthy, it set a record price for a colorless diamond of $265,697 per carat and is likely more expensive today.
10. Beyoncé’s Lorraine Schwartz
The megawatt superstar is notoriously private about her personal life. But we do know her engagement ring is something of a mic drop. Rapper Jay Z picked out an 18-carat rock from jeweler Lorraine Schwartz. An estimated $5 million, this ring clearly lives up to Beyoncé’s regal lifestyle.
11. Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s Lesotho III
You might know all about Jackie Kennedy Onassis’s affinity for smart skirt suits and pillbox hats, but did you know she had one of the most luxurious engagement rings ever? A couple years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, the former First Lady began to see Greek shipping mogul Aristotle Onassis. He eventually popped the question in 1968, presenting her with a stunner known as the Lesotho III. Here’s what we know: The ring was one of 18 cut from a Lesotho diamond in South Africa, is a whopping 40.42 carats, and retails for $2.6 million. In other words? It’s a pretty big deal.
12. Jennifer Lopez’s Harry Winston
When it comes to the most extravagant celebrity couples of the early-aughts, nobody can compare to Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck. Come on, they practically invented the notation of celebrity couple nicknames. Though the A-list couple never made it down the aisle — the wedding was called off just days before the scheduled nuptials — we’re still talking about that sparkler Affleck gave Lopez. A pink diamond? That’s interesting. Lopez’s pink diamond from Harry Winston was an impressive 6.1 carats, so it was both big and bright.
Oh Bennifer, you didn’t last, but you gave us some serious jewelry inspiration.