The thing about celebrity engagement rings is that the longer you read about them, the more skewed your perception of "expensive" becomes. A ring that racked up a £150,000 receipt is no longer considered to be worth a second glance when you compare it to one that cost a cool £7 million—when in reality, nearly every celebrity engagement ring is absurdly beautiful, large and therefore pricey. And what's more is that the stories and proposals behind them make every ring that little bit more interesting.
From Victoria Beckham's incredible engagement ring from David Beckham (apparently she has 14 others in the collection, as you do) to Jennifer Lopez's pink jewel from Ben Affleck (remember Bennifer?), there are so many we know you'll be keen to ogle. As for more recently, 2018 has already started off with a celebrity engagement trend, including the likes of Paris Hilton and Gwyneth Paltrow. Plus, we've got details about the most exciting of all: Meghan Markle's ring from Prince Harry. So may we suggest you click through our gallery to see the best celebrity engagement rings of all time.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announced their engagement on 27 November 2017. The pair revealed their news in the morning via a press release and followed it up with an appearance at Kensington Palace, where Markle showed off the ring. The ring was designed by Prince Harry with the jewellers Cleave and Company and it has three stones—two are from Princess Diana's collection and the centre diamond was sourced from Botswana.
If you missed the headlines, singer Ariana Grande has confirmed her engagement to SNL comedian Pete Davidson. It's reported the couple started dating just one month before Davidson popped the question, with the diamond ring said to be over three carats and costing around £70,000.
Happily there are two royal weddings to look forward to this year, thanks to Princess Eugenie getting engaged to her boyfriend of seven years, British wine merchant Jack Brooksbank. The ring is a padparadscha sapphire surrounded by 10 white diamonds on a gold band.
Actress Lea Michele confirmed her engagement to boyfriend Zandy Reich in April with this coy selfie featuring her ring designed with jeweller to the A-list, Leor Yerushalmi.
Michelle Williams is reportedly engaged to financier Andrew Youmans. She was wearing a heart-shaped diamond ring at the Golden Globes this year but hasn't officially revealed the engagement.
After her conscious uncoupling from Chris Martin in 2014, Gwyneth has decided to re-marry. She announced the news in January, and her fiancé Brad Falchuck gave the star a large round sapphire ring.
Heiress and former reality TV star Paris Hilton got engaged in fabulous fashion on the slopes of Aspen to actor Chris Zylka this January. The ring is worth a reported £1.5 million ($2 million).
Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner said yes to her boyfriend, Joe Jonas, singer with band DNCE. The couple have been together since 2016 and announced their engagement on Instagram.
Über-blogger Chiara Ferragni was proposed to recently by her musician boyfriend (now fiancé) Federico Leonardo Lucia (known as Fedez). The ring was classic round diamond with a simple band.
At the Met Gala this year, Anna Wintour's daughter, Bee Shaffer, debuted her engagement ring from fiancé Francesco Carrozzini, the son of Franca Sozzani, the late Vogue Italia editor in chief. Oh, to be a fly on the wall at that super-chic wedding.
Beckham might just be the reigning queen of celebrity engagement rings. Recent reports suggest she has as many as 13 different rings husband David Beckham has bestowed upon her throughout their 15-year marriage. The total estimated worth? About £5 million. The first, however, was a three-carat diamond ring worth about £65,000 and was designed by Boodle & Dunthorpe. The one pictured here is an emerald-cut yellow diamond set in yellow gold worth £10,000.
Palermo's cushion-cut yellow diamond from husband Johannes Huebl is estimated to be around three carats, and it is surrounded on the sides by two white diamonds. Huebl proposed to Palermo on New Year's Day in 2014.
The Duchess of Cambridge famously accepted Princess Diana's blue sapphire engagement ring when Prince William proposed to her. The ring boasts a 12-carat central sapphire stone with 14 solitaire diamonds in a halo around it, and it has soared in value from £28,000 to £300,000.
As if being funny and gorgeous wasn't enough, Blake Lively's now-husband Ryan Reynolds proposed to her with an incredible pink oval-shaped 12-carat ring that cost £1.9 million.
Victoria's Secret model Kate Grigorieva gave us all a lesson in engagement ring selfies with this beautiful shot of her yellow stone set between two diamond baguettes. The model said yes to footballer boyfriend Anton Shunin this April.
Angelina Jolie's 16-carat engagement ring from Brad Pitt is worth about £200,000, and it took Pitt a year to create it with jeweller Robert Procop. Pitt proposed to Jolie in 2012, and the couple tied the knot in 2014.
Aniston's oval-shaped diamond from Justin Theroux is thought to be at least 10 carats in weight, and it's likely to have cost Theroux a pretty penny: at least £800,000.
Jay-Z gave Beyoncé a gorgeous octagon-cut engagement ring from Lorraine Schwartz back in 2007, and it's now worth around £4 million.
For her third marriage, to rapper Kanye West, Kardashian accepted a more than 15-carat diamond ring valued at a mega £1.1 million.
Prince Rainier III of Monaco gave actress Grace Kelly a stunning 10.5 carat ring from Cartier that was worth £3.1 million.
Ciara got engaged to rapper Future in 2013, but the couple broke up in 2014. Her ring was 15 carats, and it was worth £1.1 million.
How could we forget about TomKat? The couple got engaged in 2005, with Cruise giving Holmes a 5-carat ring that cost £1.1 million.
Ah, Bennifer, the couple that arguably started the super-couple portmanteau trend. For this engagement, Affleck gave J.Lo a gorgeous £2 million, 6.1-carat pink diamond ring from Harry Winston.
When Michael Douglas proposed to Catherine Zeta-Jones in 1999, he gave her a gorgeous 1920s antique by Fred Leighton featuring a 10-carat jewel. It's reported to have cost £800,000.
Nick Cannon gave Mariah Caray a gorgeous diamond ring worth nearly £2 million.
While this was—and still is—the most famous of Jackie Kennedy's jewels (and she had quite the collection), apparently she only wore this piece twice before storing it in a safe. Given to her by Aristotle Onassis, the ring, called the Lesotho III diamond, is worth £2 million.
When J.Lo got engaged to fiancé Marc Anthony, she was given an 8-carat ring that cost £3.2 million.
While Kim Kardashian West is now married to Kanye West, the reality star married basketball player Kris Humphries back in 2011 after accepting a £1.5 million, 16.2-carat ring from Lorraine Schwartz.
Was there ever a more dramatic Hollywood relationship than Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton's? This ring had a whopping 33.19 carats and was worth £7 million.
Co-designed by husband Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel's engagement ring took inspiration from vintage rings and cost over £100,000.
Nicole Kidman's engagement ring from country star Keith Urban is unique in that it is not one solitaire stone but rather a Cartier ring of diamonds surrounding her finger. Its estimated value is around £39,000.
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This post was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Elinor Block.