Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Jacqueline Kennedy is known as one of the most stylish First Ladies of The White House and her famous art deco emerald and diamond engagement ring is almost as iconic as the woman herself. John F Kennedy met Jacqueline at a dinner party hosted by mutual friends in 1951, by June 1953 the couple were engaged. The ring John F Kennedy proposed with was a 2.88 carat diamond and 2.84 carat emerald ring crafted from 18ct Yellow Gold in a unique and bright design matching Jackie O’s classic yet colourful style.
Marilyn Monroe's engagement to Joe DiMaggio was not entirely traditional as it is said that DiMaggio proposed without a rin a risky tactic when proposing to the woman who famously declared that ‘diamonds are a girls best friend’). Whilst missing an engagement ring Marilyn soon boasted a stunning diamond eternity ring which featured 36 baguette cut diamonds in a classically beautiful design in keeping with the classic natural beauty of Marilyn herself. In 1999 the ring was sold at Christie's New York for $772,500.
‘If you liked it you shoulda’ put a ring on it’ and rap superstar and music producer Jay-z did exactly this sparing no expense when proposing to Beyonce Knowles in 2008 with a whopping $5 million Diamond Solitaire Ring from Lorraine Shwartz. Whilst the couple said their I Do’s in secret, Beyonce was soon seen flaunting her new bling and she even named her 2013 tour Mrs Carter after her marriage to Jay-z in 2008.
Catherine Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Diana
One of the world's most iconic pieces of jewellery, this stunning diamond and sapphire cluster ring has sat on the hand of both Princess Diana and now Catherine Duchess of Cambridge. The ring has a special meaning to Prince William who said that giving this ring to Kate was his way of ensuring that his late mother did not miss his wedding day. The ring was originally created by Garrard & Co., the former Crown Jeweller in 1981, at the cost of £28,000. However it’s value has now tripled and the ring is now valued at around £300,000.
Like Prince William, Harry wanted to give Meghan an engagement ring that was also a memory to his mother Diana. He did this by designing Meghan’s ring himself using two of his mothers diamonds which sit on either side of the 3.5ct central round brilliant cut central diamond from Botswana. The ring was made by Jeweller Cleave And Company who announced that they will not make any replicas. The ring has an estimated value of £250,000.
Like the women who wear them, these engagement rings are iconic but each represent the different styles and stones used in an array of engagement and wedding rings. To find your perfect ladies engagement ring shop our beautiful collection of Diamond Ladies Engagement Rings