There are certain engagement rings that have inspired couples and jewelers for generations. They are the rings that are referenced when custom designs are being brought to life. They are the rings that are timeless in every sense of the word.
This queen of diamonds had one of the most remarkable jewelry collections in modern history, but her engagement rings were on another level.
In 1957, movie Producer Mike Todd proposed to Elizabeth Taylor with a 29.4 carat emerald cut striking solitaire. Decades later, similar styles can be seen on Sarah Jessica Parker and Beyoncé.
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But, that wan't even the most stunning of Eliabeth Taylor's engagement rings. In 1968, Richard Burton gave her the engagement ring of all engagement rings with an asscher cut Krupp Diamond, weighing in at a whopping 33 carats and rumored to be internally flawless despite it's D color grade. It was so unique that it was renamed the "Elizabeth Taylor Diamond."
Princess Diana & Kate Middleton
Princess Diana selected her 12 carat oval sapphire ring from a number of rings presented to her by Prince Charles when he proposed in 1981. The legendary ring with its diamond trim, set in 18 carat white gold was passed down to Kate Middleton, Dutchess of Cambridge, when she and Diana's son, Prince William, became engaged in 2010.
Even though, they never got married, the 6.1 Carat Pind Diamond J-Lo received from Ben Affleck in 2002 was Hollywood love story all its own. For months the ring was photographed whenever the two were seen out. It became a benchmark for colored diamond engagment rings.
Mia Farrow married Frank Sinatra in 1966 wearing a 9 carat pear-shaped diamond with bagettes on the side. Their marriage may have only lasted 2 years, but their scandalous relationship and that epic ring would go down in history.
In the spirit of early 2000s J-Lo, but in the style of the modern millennial, Blake Lively's 12 carat soft pink oval given to her by Ryan Reynolds, is the ring oval-loving brides use to compare their ideal engagement rings. It's feminine, playful and completely gorgeous.
Knowing her love of emeralds, John F. Kennedy Jr. had this ring custom made for his bride who would later be the First Lady of the United States. The yellow gold 2.88 carat diamond and a 2.84 emerald that are flanked by tapered baguettes and was later redesigned with marquise diamonds anding to the nature-inspired grandeur of the ring.
Unlike the women above, Marilyn Monroe, didn't have one giant diamond or large gemstone that made her ring iconic. Instead, she wore a 35 diamond baguette eternity band during her marriage to Joe DiMaggio 1954. It was both her engagement ring and her wedding ring.
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