CELEBRITIES

Bling Rings


These epic baubles—no single-digit carats here—graced the left hands of some very lucky ladies. From Kim Kardashian to Elizabeth Taylor, we count down eleven ladies with enormous engagement rocks.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Heidi Klum received her 10 carat oval cut canary diamond from Seal when he proposed on a glacier at 14,000 feet in Whistler, British Columbia, in an igloo built just for the event, no less.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Jayne Mansfield, actress and sex symbol, scored a 10 carat round diamond from Mickey Hargitay (an actor and Mr. Universe 1955) when he proposed in 1957. At the time, it was valued at $25,000. The couple famously had a heart-shaped swimming pool in their Beverly Hills mansion, “The Pink Palace.”

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Catherine Zeta Jones received a 1920s antique marquis engagement ring weighing in at 10 carats from Michael Douglas. The Fred Leighton ring—supporting a stone interestingly placed horizontally rather than vertically—is reportedly worth $2 million.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Khloé Kardashian received a 12.5 carat radiant-cut diamond from Lamar Odom reportedly worth $850,000 when he proposed after only about a month of dating. The pair were married less than a week later in front of the Keeping Up With the Kardashians cameras. The couple now star in the aptly named Khloé and Lamar.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Donald Trump gave Melania Knauss a 15 carat emerald-cut diamond worth $1.5 million when he proposed in 2004. Though the notorious deal-maker reportedly only ended up paying half that price.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Elizabeth Hurley received a 15-carat Asscher-cut Chopard ring from Arun Nayar before their lavish multi-day wedding in 2007.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

When Beyonce isn’t wearing the 18 carat emerald-cut ring from from Jay-Z (estimated at $5 million), she has a more subtle, but far more permanent reminder of her husband—the numeral IV inked on her ring finger (four being a “special number” for Beyonce: they were married on April 4, both of their birthdays fall on a 4).

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

After six months, NBA star Kris Humphries proposed to Kim Kardashian by waiting in her bedroom on bended knee with “will you marry me” written in rose petals…and a 20.5 carat Lorraine Schwartz ring—a 16.5-carat emerald-cut center stone flanked by a pair of 2-carat trapezoids—reportedly worth $2 million.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Paris Hilton was given a 24-carat emerald-cut ring worth a reported $4.7 million from fellow Paris, Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis (she was also reportedly gifted a 21-carat canary diamond “I love you” ring at the same time). The engagement only lasted five months and the ring was later auctioned off for charity.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Among her many baubles was the 33-carat emerald-cut Krupp Diamond gifted to her by Richard Burton in 1968. Though the $305,000 ring was not an engagement ring (the pair had married in 1964) she wore it constantly and it even made it’s way into a story line during Taylor’s guest spots on I Love Lucy and The Simpsons.

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Photographer: Tim Walker Styled: Jacob Kjeldgaard

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis received a 40.42 carat marquise-cut Lesotho III diamond ring from Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis before their 1968 marriage. The ring, one of eighteen gems cut from a 601-carat rough diamond named the Lesotho, was sold at auction at Sotheby’s in 1996 for $2.6 million.