We have seen many wonderful engagement rings worn by famous and influential women throughout the course of history. Stunning engagement rings that were initially a symbol of love between two people has turned into something so much more; legendary, historical, valuable and named after the person who adorned it. Here we explore the world’s most famous engagement rings and the iconic women who wore them.
The engagement ring was given to Lady Diana Spencer from Prince Charles in 1981. It consists of 12 carat Ceylon oval sapphire surrounded by a cluster of solitaire diamonds. It was created by jeweller Garrard and cost $55,000 (AUD) at the time. It is now valued at $600,000 and passed down to her eldest son’s wife Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. Upon their 2010 engagement announcement the ring was the most popular style for women.
This Krupp Asscher cut engagement ring was given to Elizabeth Taylor by Richard Burton in 1968. It is a 33.19 carat purchased for $396,000 at a New York auction. GIA graded the diamond as D colour and VS1 in clarity; however, it may be potentially internally flawless. The diamond is renamed as Elizabeth Taylor diamond and was auctioned for $11,350.000 in 2011.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco proposed to Grace Kelly with this beautiful 10.47 carat emerald cut diamond flanked by two side baguettes from Cartier. Prince Rainier III initially gave her a ruby and diamond eternity ring also from Cartier but realised that a large diamond ring would be more fitting for a princess.
Instead of a traditional engagement ring, Marilyn Monroe was presented by Joe DiMaggio a platinum diamond eternity ring with 35 baguettes in 1954. Audrey Hepburn also wore an eternity ring as her engagement ring.
Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark proposed to Queen Elizabeth II with this 3 carat round diamond flanked by smaller diamonds on the sides. The diamond was taken by his mother’s tiara. The ring was created by jeweller Philip Antrobus Ltd, with Philip being heavily involved in the design process.
John F Kennedy proposed to Jacqueline Kennedy in 1953 with a Van Cleef and Arpels diamond and emerald engagement ring. The ring consists of 2.88 carat diamond and 2.84 carat emerald with baguettes. However she had the ring redesigned with marquise instead of baguettes.