The 5 Most Stunning Engagement Rings of all Time
Sure, we know that it’s the thought that counts more than the carats. But engagement rings can be more than just symbols of eternal love – they are crafted in some seriously beautiful designs. Here are a few of the most famous over the past few centuries, notable for their gorgeous arrangements and over-the-top sensibilities.
- Josephine de Beauharnais’s Colourful Ring
When you get engaged to Napoleon, you can expect a certain flair. Bonaparte didn’t disappoint, presenting his intended bride Josephine de Beauharnais with a sapphire and diamond design. These two pear-shaped gemstones nestle side by side, set in gold.
- Mary of Burgundy’s Historic Bling
You can go back even further to see a gorgeous example of an engagement ring, described in this infographic from Vashi. Thought to be the first diamond engagement ring, this piece was given to Mary of Burgundy by Archduke Maximilian of Austria to mark the occasion. He thoughtfully arranged to have small pieces of diamonds used to spell out her initial, “M”, all in sparkly stones.
- Jacqueline Kennedy’s Diamond and Emerald Ring
Known for her impeccable style, Jackie O received a stunning engagement ring from John F. Kennedy when he first proposed, which included a 2.84 carat emerald. She decked out the ring even further in 1962, adding additional round and marquise diamonds to create an unforgettable piece of jewellery.
- Grace Kelly’s Emerald Cut
Prince Rainer III gave glamorous film star Grace Kelly a 10.47 emerald-cut diamond ring to mark their engagement, along with an eternity band consisting of diamonds and rubies. The icy beauty of these Cartier pieces matches their owner’s.
- Kate Middleton’s Modern Glamour
No list of famous engagement rings would be complete without mention of Kate Middleton’s massive sapphire and diamond number, first given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles in 1981 and already a modern classic.
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