Showing off the stone on ones left hand ring finger is the sign to confirm the relationship status of a woman. These rings can be big, over-the-top and flashy or subtle, smart and elegant. For a very long-time diamonds are considered the most suitable stones to propose marriage as these are considered ‘a girl’s best friend’. Nonetheless, coloured gem stones like sapphire, ruby or emerald have also made beautiful centre stones of engagement rings. Let’s take a look at some of the most iconic engagement rings of all times:
Queen Elizabeth: The elegant round solitaire ring studded with smaller diamonds on the sides was made in platinum, the most durable precious metal. The diamonds for the ring are, as per the tradition then, from Prince Philip’s mother’s tiara. This is a classic, evergreen ring, worn by the Queen quiet often.
Wallis Simpson: The American socialite for whom the then king of England King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1937. He proposed his lady love with a 19.77 carat rectangular emerald ring, set on diamond studded platinum base. This spectacular ring is a classic in itself.
Elizabeth Taylor: Eight times married, American movie icon was a self-proclaimed jewellery fanatic, according to the website ‘theknot.com’. Her most special and iconic engagement ring was from film producer Mike Todd. It was a massive 29.4 carat emerald cut diamond. What is surprising is the fact that this was not the heaviest of the diamonds Taylor possessed, she was gifted a 33-carat diamond by one of her husbands Richard Burton. Elizabeth Taylor’s jewellery collection is also one of the most celebrated one.
Princess Diana and Kate Middleton: The Garrard’s blue sapphire ring that Lady Diana chose for her engagement was a trend setter in the early 1980s. Prince William chose his mother’s engagement ring to propose Kate Middleton in the year 2010. This is a halo style ring with an oval shaped 12 carat blue sapphire in the centre surrounded by 14 solitaire diamonds forming a ring around the centre stone, informs website whowhatwear.co.uk.
Priyanka Chopra: The Indian movie actress and TV series Quantico star also was recently engaged to singer, songwriter and actor Nick Jonas. Jonas has put a huge stone around his lady love’s finger. The close to 4 carat diamond is a cushion cut square stone on a platinum band. The ring is from Tiffany’s & Co reports E! online.
Beyoncé Knowles: Website theknot.com regards Beyoncé’s engagement ring, an emerald cut 18 carat diamond ring from jeweller Lorraine Schwartz, as one of the 10 most famous rings in the history. The diamond has an incredible cut and shine, which makes it a statement piece. It was given to her by Jay Z.
Jacky Kennedy: She was the third youngest first lady in the history of the United States of America married to President John. F. Kennedy. The elegant fashionista was proposed by Congressman Kennedy with an almost equal in size diamond and emerald ring with diamond accents. This ring is an iconic two gemstone ring where both the gemstones are of similar size and shape.