Five iconic diamond engagement rings

Do you know these 5 iconic engagement rings?

 

  • Which engagement ring did Audrey Hepburn wear?
  • Which diamond engagement ring did Joe give to Marilyn?
  • Who isn’t familiar with Jackie Kennedy’s diamond engagement ring?
  • How did Lady Di’s ring get a new lease of life?
  • What is the Elizabeth Taylor diamond?

Beyoncé, Kim Kardashian and other contemporary stars may well like to show off their expensive engagement rings, but they still lack the iconic glamour of yesteryear. Various celebrities were asked for their hand in marriage with beautiful diamond engagement rings since the nineteen fifties. Rings which are still being copied today. Are you familiar with these 5 iconic engagement rings, which managed to stand the test of time and are still a source of inspiration to many loved up couples?

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Which engagement ring did Audrey Hepburn wear?

Audrey Hepburn, the British actress with Belgian roots, was a true style icon in the nineteen fifties and sixties. Her first husband, actor Mel Ferrer, who was 12 years her senior, was very aware of her iconic style. He therefore asked her to marry him with a white gold eternity ring, a diamond engagement ring which is set with diamonds all around.

Afterwards the eternity ring, which symbolises eternal love, was flanked with a yellow and red gold wedding ring. This allowed her to combine these in line with her mood and outfit.

Which diamond engagement ring did Joe give to Marilyn?

Even though Marilyn Monroe married her neighbour, who was five years older than her tender age of 16, so she didn’t need to go back to the orphanage, it’s her short-lived marriage to baseball player Joe DiMaggio which is best known. The couple married on 14th January 1954 and divorced again in October of that same year. However, despite this brief marriage, Marilyn had also received an eternity ring.

And even though her diamond engagement ring was no guarantee for an ever-lasting marriage, this may still have been a case of eternal love. After Marilyn’s death in 1962, DiMaggio continued to bring fresh roses to her grave 3 times a week for 20 years.

Who isn’t familiar with Jackie Kennedy’s diamond engagement ring?

The emerald has always been very popular. This intense green gemstone symbolises love and hope, as well as rebirth and eternal youth. John F. Kennedy asked his beloved Jackie to marry him with a diamond engagement ring with an emerald. A ring which exudes pure Art Deco!

John was so excited about her agreeing to marry him that he also gave her a diamond engagement bracelet the day before their wedding.

How did Lady Di’s ring get a new lease of life?

Lady Di’s engagement ring was undoubtedly one of the most beautiful engagement rings ever made. The ring consists of a beautiful blue 12 carat Ceylon sapphire and is set with 14 brilliants. These days the iconic engagement ring is worn by Kate Middleton, who married Prince William, Diana and Charles’ eldest son, in 2011.

The engagement ring which Prince Harry designed for his Meghan Markle also includes a diamond which used to belong to Diana.

What is the Elizabeth Taylor diamond?

The actress Liz Taylor didn’t just acquire a mass of film awards. She also appeared quite capable of winning men’s hearts and married an impressive 8 times to 7 different men! She married the actor Richard Burton twice, with whom she also co-starred in Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf, which won 5 Oscars.

Even though he never proposed to her with a ring, Burton bought her the fantastic 33.19 carat Krupp diamond during their first marriage. The stone ended up becoming part of her image and was therefore christened as the Elizabeth Taylor diamond after her death in 2011.

Are you looking for an engagement ring yourself? If you really want to surprise her you should opt for a tailor-made design, possibly even inspired by one of these iconic designs. Contact BAUNAT’s experts for extra advice.

Written by: CHLOÉ POUPON-DUMONTET Diamond Jewellery Advisor

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