The World’s Most Expensive Engagement Rings
When popping the question, the tradition used to be that a gentleman would spend between one and three month’s salary on an engagement ring for his soon-to-be fiancée. The women on this list were on the receiving end of some of the most expensive engagement rings in the world, given to them with love by their wealthy fiancés:
Although this engagement ring was neither custom made nor unique, it proved to be one of the most talked about engagement rings of the 20th century — especially after Diana’s son William used it to propose to his then-girlfriend, Kate Middleton. Originally priced at $42,000, the ring has since become a Royal heirloom valued at $140,000. Many people speculate that Lady Diana picked the blue sapphire ring because it reminded her of her mother’s engagement ring. The ring, made by Garrard, also features 14 solitaire diamonds surrounding the sapphire, set on a white gold band.
When singer Enrique Iglesias proposed to his tennis-playing love Anna Kournikova, he presented her with a pink pear-cut diamond weighing in at 11 carats. Priced at $2.5 million, the center stone came from Western Australia, where diamonds are often found that are naturally pink, blush, or champagne tones. Flanked by two white diamonds, the ring is so enormous that it covers Kournikova’s finger almost to her knuckle.
Mariah Carey’s $2.5 million engagement ring from Nick Cannon features a gigantic emerald-cut pink diamond, perfect for the girly pop singer. The huge center diamond is flanked by two half-moon diamonds on either side, as well as 58 tiny pink diamonds surrounding the center cluster. Designed by star jewelers Jacob & Co, it was presented to Carey hidden in the wrapper of a Ring Pop, in a cute twist on the traditional “ring-in-the-dessert” proposal.