W hether it's Blake Lively’s 12-carat light pink diamond or Audrey Hepburn’s trio of platinum and gold wedding bands, the most famous engagement rings in history all tell fascinating stories. Those belonging to past and present British monarchs, award-winning actresses, models and muses all topped Sotheby’s list of must-see rings, which range from family heirlooms to contemporary bespoke designs. Read on to discover which celebrities share your engagement ring style.
When Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis married John F. Kennedy in September 1953, she wed with a 2.88-carat emerald cut diamond and a 2.84-carat emerald flanked by tapered baguettes. The First Lady later had her ring remounted to replace the baguettes with 2.12 carats worth of round brilliant and marquise cut diamonds.
Other Famous Emerald Cut Engagement Rings:
-Elizabeth Taylor & Mike Todd
-Beyoncé & Jay-Z
-Grace Kelly & Prince Rainier III
-Jessica Biel & Justin Timberlake
Though all eyes have been on her grandsons’ wives' engagement rings the last few years, Queen Elizabeth II's diamond should not be forgotten. Prince Philip proposed to her in 1947 with a platinum band mounting a 3-carat solitaire diamond surrounded by five smaller diamonds on each side.
Other Famous Round Engagement Rings:
-Barbra Streisand & James Brolin
-Gisele Bündchen & Tom Brady
Natalie Portman married her Black Swan co-star and choreographer Benjamin Millepied in 2012. The actress’s ring is an antique round old mine cut diamond weighing four carats and set in a double halo of pavé diamonds.
In 2017, Serena Williams married tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian and debuted her stunning 14-carat oval diamond ring.
Other Famous Oval Engagement Rings:
-Jerry Hall & Rupert Murdoch
Ellen DeGeneres proposed to Portia de Rossi in 2008 with a 3-carat marquise-shaped diamond surrounded by pink diamonds, designed by Neil Lane.
Other Famous Marquise-Shaped Engagement Rings:
-Catherine Zeta-Jones & Michael Douglas
-Norma Shearer & Irving Thalberg
Although her marriage to Frank Sinatra only lasted two years, Mia Farrow's 9-carat solitaire pear-shaped ring will always be remembered.
Other Famous Pear-Shaped Engagement Rings:
-Victoria Beckham & David Beckham
Upon learning that the Meghan Markle's cushion cut diamond was flanked by two stones from Princess Diana's collection, the world swooned over the newlywed's engagement ring from Prince Harry.
Other Famous Cushion Cut Engagement Rings:
-Kim Kardashian & Kanye West
Elizabeth Taylor famously married eight times, but the largest was the 33.19-carat asscher cut diamond, known then as the 'Krupp Diamond,' bought for her by Richard Burton in 1968. A year later the couple purchased what became known as the Taylor-Burton Diamond, a whopping 68-carat pear-shaped stone, from Parke-Bernet, the auction house acquired by Sotheby's in 1964.
Other Famous Asscher Cut Engagement Rings:
-Pippa Middleton & James Matthews
Ryan Reynolds proposed to Blake Lively with a 12-carat light pink diamond engagement ring set in rose gold, worth $2 million.
Other Famous Colored Diamond Engagement Rings:
-Priscilla Wagner & Elvis Presley
-Anna Kournikova & Enrique Iglesias
In 1954, Marilyn Monroe married Joe DiMaggio who gifted her an eternity band featuring 35 baguette-cut diamonds.
Other Famous Engagement Bands:
-Audrey Hepburn & Mel Ferrer