One of the most important choices a couple will make as they begin the steps that are required to take their relationship to the next level and begin their road to marriage is the choice of the ring that will seal the deal. For most people budget is a major factor that influences the decision behind what ring will be the best choice for their bride to be, but if you are a celebrity where money is no object the ring choice reaches an entirely new level of extravagance. The following is a rundown of some of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings of all times.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
If you are Hollywood royalty and are merging two power brands then the pressure is on to secure the bling for your bride to be. The union of Jay-Z and Beyonce was a much talked about proposal and all eyes were on her ring finger when the announcement was made that the two were ready to take the plunge. Jay-Z did not disappoint when it came to delivering the goods. Beyonce received a 20 carat ring. The diamond itself was 18 carats and worth a cool 5 million dollars.
Paris and Paris
Paris Hilton turned her socialite status into a blossoming brand that impressed even the tried and true of Hollywood. Along the way, her many off screen antics sometimes overshadowed her own screen performances, but no one could deny that when she became engaged to fiancée Paris Latsis she hit the jackpot. Latsis rewarded his bride to be with a 24 carat rock that was encrusted entirely with diamonds. The ring was so large that in time Paris had a scaled down version made that she was able to wear with comfort on a daily basis.
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss
If you are the Donald and you are proposing to your significant other there is an added level of pressure as the world watches to see the choice that you will make for her. When Donald Trump proposed to Melania he gifted her with what is known as the Graff Diamond. The price tag on the ring was a cool 2 million dollars and was made from several handpicked diamonds.
The captain is ready to complete his next mission. Patrick Stewart from Star Trek the Next Generation and X-Men fame is now ready to take the marital plunge for the third time. Stewart’s first marriage to Shelia Falconer lasted 24 years and ended in divorce in 1990. In 1997, Stewart married Wendy Neuss who was a producer on Star Trek The Next Generation. That marriage ended in divorce 3 years later in 2000. His fans are hoping that the third time will be a charm as Stewart gets ready to walk down the aisle again.
Stewart has been romantically linked to Ozell since 2007 shortly after Stewart split from British actress Lisa Dillon. The jazz singer and the science fiction legend had their first date with her coming to watch him in his performance of Macbeth where she then contemplated whether to meet him backstage or head for the hills. Having seen every episode of Star Trek is what lured her backstage knowing that beneath that performance lay a great man. For some time after the two maintained a long distance relationship as both pursued their own careers.
Ozell show off her oversized white gold diamond ring on twitter and the world was abuzz with the size of the stone. The solitaire was one that no one could take their eyes off of. Well done sir. However, the highlight of the ceremony for science fiction fans is the fact that the ceremony will be officiated by Stewart’s lifelong friend Sir Ian McKellen. It is rumored that the idea for McKellen to officiate the ceremony was Ozell’s. The pair has been friends for a lifetime and the couple could not imagine having anyone else standing with them on that special day. This will not be the first time that McKellen has officiated a ceremony. In a previous ceremony he joined a couple in a civil ceremony and wore a white gown that he bought in India stating that, you must not upstage the bride.”
The world of engagement rings has evolved right along with the current fashion trends. Gone are the days where every engagement ring was a cookie cutter version of the one before. When it comes to the modern world of weddings, anything goes. People now feel free to use their engagement ring as an extension of their personal style. If you are a modern celebrity then that style extension means that you have yet another opportunity to get your fans talking and the world of social media ablaze with all the pressing details. There are some celebrities that have taken on this style challenge and rocked the non-traditional engagement ring with flair.
Jessica Simpson’s 5 carat ruby engagement ring
When Jessica Simpson got engaged to Eric Johnson, he opted to pay tribute to her by honoring her birthstone. Her engagement ring was a 5 carat ruby in honor of her July birthday. Simpson who has made a name for herself as a fashion icon really embraced the non-traditional ring and made it a hot new trend. The ring has been described as classic with a twist because the side stones are pear shaped. The Fashion Star mentor definitely hit the mark with this one.
Mariah Carey’s ring is a 10.2 emerald cut diamond that is in her preferred color: pink. This ring joins a long line of celebrities who have chosen to break tradition by choosing colored stones rather than the traditional diamond for their significant others.
Country superstar Carrie Underwood also joined Mariah Carey in sporting a colored diamond engagement ring. Her hockey player beau selected a yellow diamond ring when he asked for her hand in marriage.
Carrie Underwood yellow diamond engagement ring
The world of jewelry design often follows the world of fashion when it comes to styles that rise to popularity, and this instance is no different. More and more people are opting to go out on their own and demonstrate their own extension of their personal style.
Kandi Burruss & Todd Tucker
We have watched Real Housewives star Kandi Burruss struggle with her personal life over the last several seasons of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. This last year however she found her knight in shining armor on a trip with the show.
As of New Year’s 2013, Kandi Burruss is now engaged to Todd Tucker a line producer for the show on Bravo. Their relationship has not been entirely drama free however, as there were some who took issue with their on the job relationship. At one point, Todd was even willing to leave the show in order to pursue the relationship. Once those issues were resolved, the two were free to take their relationship to the next level. The two kept their engagement a secret for several weeks after the proposal due to contractual obligations with Bravo, but as soon as the new season premiered, the two were ready to share the joyous news with the world.
The couple spent the holidays at the Bahamas enjoying some much needed time away from all the drama of the show, and speculation began at that point as pictures began to surface and each one had Kandi conveniently hiding her left hand. In the end, Todd made a great choice when it came to selecting a ring for his beloved.
Kandi Burruss engagement ring
Todd chose a two carat total weight diamond sparkler valued at approximately $11,000. Burruss picked out the ring at a store on a trip to Las Vegas and Tucker later had it shipped to Atlanta for the proposal. Prior to popping the question, Tucker asked Kandi’s daughter Riley for her blessing for the union as a way to solidify the new family union. Riley of course gave her blessing and was there to provide morale support for her mother as the family begins their new journey.
Nick Carter & Lauren Kitt
If you spent your teenage years fantasizing about Mrs. Nick Carter, spoiler alert he is now officially off the market. Earlier this year, Carter proposed to his girlfriend of more than 4 years Lauren Kitt. On February 20th, Carter traveled by boat with his fitness expert/actress girlfriend to a secluded island in the Florida Keys to pop the question. Carter had actually carried the ring around with him for more than two weeks, but he wanted the day to be perfect, so he planned the trip to an island that he had spent time on as a child. The trip meant that he had to spend the days leading up to the grand finale repairing his boat for the trip. Despite the fact that the engine stalled several times on the trip, he refused to be deterred.
Lauren Kitt pear shaped diamond engagement ring
The scene that Carter chose for the big proposal is best described as majestic. He positioned himself on the edge of an island peak so that the ocean was in the background. He was in swim trunks and she wore a red bikini for the occasion. He even brought the family dog along for the occasion to make the moment complete. With the ocean in the background and the dog at their feet Carter got down on one knee and asked Kitt to become his wife. He was so nervous at the proposal that he forgot that the next step was to place the ring on her finger. The ring itself was a seven carat pear shaped ring set on a thick band. The couple now refers to the island as “Engagement Island” and is reportedly already beginning preparations for the big day.
Once the two arrived back home, they contacted the first people on their “to do” list : the band. The wedding will be scheduled around the bands touring schedule so that all the important people in their life can be in attendance.
Christian Slater engaged to Brittany Lopez
Christian Slater solidified his title as a Hollywood heartthrob in the early 90’s in cult classics like Heathers and Pump Up the Volume. He graced the big screen and quickly skyrocketed to the top of the A-list and became a shoe in for best dressed and most beautiful people lists. Things for the last several years may have calmed down, but those times are about to change.
This year Slater is back in the limelight as a groom to be. Earlier this year Slater confirmed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, that he is in fact engaged to his girlfriend Brittany Lopez. Slater first met Lopez at Florida’s Little Palm Resort. The two met when Slater went to congratulate Lopez on what he thought was a wedding proposal that he had witnessed. The spot was known to be a popular destination for romantic wedding proposals so for Slater that was not a giant leap to assume. The woman with Lopez that day however was in fact her aunt and what he witnessed was a joke between the two. Slater was so intrigued by what he had seen that the two began an in-depth conversation that soon blossomed into a three year relationship culminating in their recent engagement.
This will be the second marriage for Slater who was previously married to television producer Ryan Haddon. Haddon is the daughter of 1970’s model Dayle Haddon. The two divorced in 2007, but share two children together, Jaden Christopher and Eliana Sophia. After his divorce, Slater was linked to Jimmy Choo cofounder Tamara Mellon. No official date has yet been set for the wedding but the two are currently deep in the midst of planning and solidifying details. No news yet on the role the family will play in the upcoming nuptials.
Jamie Lynn Spears engaged to Jamie Watson
For those of you that follow the teen queen scene and have been missing a certain Spears princess, rest assured she is taking a step back into the spotlight. As part of her recent adventures Spears spared some of her milestones with her some 45,000 followers. Jamie Lynn Spears, like many Hollywood starlets of her generation took to twitter to announce the news that she is now engaged to her boyfriend of 3 years Jamie Watson.
Spears tweeted a picture of her brilliant round cut diamond set on a band of smaller sparkling diamonds with the caption “He did good.” The two were seen smiling lovingly in the photo and Jamie flashing the rock. Jamie Lynn who is the younger sister of pop icon Brittany Spears had been a rising star in her own right until she took a brief break from the limelight after her announcement that at 16 she was expecting her first child.
Jamie Lynn receded into relative obscurity in a concerted effort to focus on raising her now 4 year old daughter Maddie. Now that Maddie is getting a little older, Jamie Lynn has decided that the time has come to reinvent herself and begin the second leg of her career. The two have since led a fairly quiet life as Spears adjusted to her new role as Mom.
In recent years, Spears has begun a comeback attempt by transplanting her family to Nashville in an effort to more effectively pursue a career in country music. Over the last several years, Spears has been playing dates all over the Southern states as she attempts to launch her new career. Along the way, the new country superstar will plan her wedding and walk down the aisle into the arms of her awaiting Prince Charming.
Sean Lowe proposes to Catherine Giudici
Unless you have been under a rock, you have probably heard of a hit television show that brings together a plethora of eligible women who all have the same goal in mind, to land the Bachelor and receive the final rose. Viewers watch as the girls vie for the attention of the Bachelor in an effort to connect with him on a series of mini dates and private meetings. In the end he will choose one woman to spend the rest of his life with.
This season was no different as viewers watched the drama unfold for bachelor Sean Lowe. Lowe spent the season eliminating contestants one by one until he was ready to reveal his final decision. On the season finale, Lowe presented Catherine Giudici with a 4.3 carat platinum engagement ring valued at $76,000 courtesy of the network.
The romantic proposal occurred in Thailand after Lowe’s family had an opportunity to meet both of the final two women and provide their insight into how the family felt that each girl would fit into the family dynamic. The couple is determined not to fall into the trap that has befallen many other Bachelor couples and not follow thru on the nuptials portion of the relationship. Both parties are determined to see the relationship to the alter and are currently planning a wedding that will air this summer.
In the midst of all the wedding plans Lowe is also currently appearing on another reality show as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars this season. Only time will tell if the relationship will stick, but until then we got a great show and a designer ring out of the deal. Now, as we watch and wait for the wedding special to air we can check out his moves on the dance floor.
As country music becomes more and more apart of mainstream music, there are some stars that have now found their way onto the style radar. One of those stars is country crooner Carrie Underwood. From songs like Jesus Take the Wheel to her latest single Two Black Cadillacs, Carrie has become a household name.
Carrie first found her way into the spotlight on the famed reality show American Idol. In the beginning though, it was not Carrie’s idea to try out for the reality show. It was her family that encouraged her to pursue the opportunity before she finished her education and would no longer have the time to pursue such an opportunity. At the end of the fourth season Underwood was crowned the next American Idol and the rest is country music history.
In her most recent red carpet appearance at the 2013 Grammy Awards, Carrie wowed the crowd in a strapless Robert Cavalli gown. The black dress had a sweetheart neckline that helped to showcase the 381 carat diamond statement necklace that she chose for the occasion. The remainder of the dress was a lace and embroidered, curve-hugging gown that created the perfect hourglass shape for the evening.
Carrie got her fairytale ending when she met her now husband Mike Fisher. When it
came time to seal the deal, Fisher extended Underwood’s reputation as a style icon when he presented her with a flawless yellow diamond. The ring is a 5-plus carat round flawless yellow diamond with diamond side stones. The ring has an estimated value of $150,000 and sparked a new trend of choosing colored stones as an option for engagement rings.
The country crooner may have got her start on a reality show, but her reality now includes the role of wife and style icon. The only question is what will she come up with next.
2013 presents a unique adventure for singing sensation Brandy. In December of 2012, Brandy became engaged to music producer Ryan Press. Still riding high from the success of her recent album “Eleven”, the couple confirmed their intent to spend the rest of their lives together. This will be the first marriage for Brandy who has a ten year old daughter from a previous relationship.
Brandy was born in Mississippi but was raised in southern California. She began her career singing in a gospel choir and was originally signed to a recording contract with Atlantic Recording Company at the age of 14. In addition to a decorated singing career, Brandy has also had a successful acting career in projects such as Moesha, Cinderella, and I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.
Brandy made clear early that the relationship was serious from the get go and that she definitely wanted him to put a ring on it. At one point she even joked that at this point she would be happy with a bubble gum ring, all she wanted was to be married. Lucky for her when the time finally did come to put a ring on it, she did not have to settle for a bubble gum ring. The ring was a round diamond set on a platinum band that could be seen afar as she spent the day sunning in Hawaii. At the end of the day, it was definitely worth the wait.
Brandy expressed her feelings on marriage in several interviews. After the dissolution of her long term relationship she began to doubt if there was a special person that was made just for her. Enter Ryan Press. She felt like he was the answer to her prayers. Now, the only step that remains is to live out her own Cinderella story.