The Jewelry Insider

June 1, 2010

What are the engagment rings of choice for the rich and the famous? Jewelry.com’s guide to celebrity engagement rings is a journey into some blinding bling.

When money’s no object, fame has found you and beauty beholds you – what ring you should you be looking for? We take a look at some famous brides and the rings they blinged in.

Before she found happiness (and twins) with Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez found a 6-carat pink diamond from Harry Winston on her finger to celebrate her brief engagement to Ben Affleck. A step-up from her four-carat emerald-cut engagement ring she received from her 2nd hubbie, backing dancer Cris Judd. When she finally did walk down the aisle for her 3rd wedding to Anthony, the bride
was adorned in true diva fashion with an array of diamonds. Even the white umbrella carried by the singer could not deflect the sun’s light from dancing off the estimated $7 million worth of gems on the necklace, bracelet and earrings by Neil Lane.

Michael Douglas popped the question to Welsh beauty Catherine Zeta-Jones with a ten-carat antique marquis-cut diamond ring from Fred Leighton. Rebecca Romijn-Stamos’s vintage four-carat Boucheron ring from husband John Stamos shows that diamonds really are timeless. Percy Gibson turned when presenting one of our favorite serial brides, Joan Collins , with that all important circle. He went for a heart cut diamond in a nineteenth-century setting. Kay Jewelers was the shop of choice for Toni Braxton’s amour when he bought a four and a half carat diamond ring featuring an oval-shaped center stone with heart-shaped accents on either side. Babs (aka Ms.Barbra Brolin nee Streisand) chose one of the most timeless rings of all – a simple one carat round diamond. Before he was half of ‘Brangelina’, Brad Pitt was the hubbie of super-friend Jennifer Aniston. He spent months with Italian designer Silvia Damiani creating a $200,000 spiral ring, which was engraved with “Brad 2000” and featured 20 diamonds. As for the ill-fated Minnelli-Gest union, the ring was a teardrop-shaped 3.5 carat diamond.

Another recent ex-couple, Guy Ritchie and Madonna celebrated happier times with a platinum Neil Lane ring featuring a decorative band and three round diamonds totaling five carats. Jason Bateman plumped for a three-and-a-half-carat diamond in a delicate twenties setting from the jeweler for fiance Amanda Anka. Tom Cruise chose a 5-carat diamond in an antique pave
setting when he popped the question on top of the Eiffel Tower to Katie HolmesTony Parker popped the question to Eva Longoria an emerald cut diamond set in whit gold. The ring was designed by renowned French jewelry designer Jean Dousset, and includes a total of 248 minute diamonds emblazoned across its shank, as well as an intimate engraving with a personal message written by Parker and in his handwriting inside the ring. Elizabeth Taylor received a whopping 30-carat emerald cut diamond from hubbie number 3, Michael Todd. When it comes to royalty, anything goes. Lady Diana Spencer was closer to becoming the Princess when she slipped on an 18-carat deep blue oval sapphired surrounded by by fourteen diamonds. Years later and Prince Charles presented his second wife, Camilla Parker Bowles with an emerald ring surrounded by baguettes set in platinum. Her future mother-in-law, Queen Elizabeth received a more modest 3-carat diamond set in platinum with five smaller stones. JFK gave his beloved a 3-carat emerald set with nearly three additional carats of diamond accents.

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