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10 Most Expensive and Beautiful Engagement Rings: Beyonce, Surprisingly, Is Not The Celebrity At The Top

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thumbnail-2The solitaire diamond engagement ring evokes timeless elegance, but designer jewelry houses have cooked up more trends this year that elevate these rings to a new level. A combination of novel prone settings, air of sensuality, and contrasting colors, among others, set the benchmark for the most beautiful engagement rings today.

In our case, we just need one defining factor measured by our drooling curiosity: the sparkling, spellbinding, absorbing price of these ten diamond engagement rings that we couldn’t get our eyes off.

It’s the thought that counts, we know, but we wonder what sort of thoughts were going on in the minds of these women when their fiancés opened the box to reveal one of these lovely rings inside. How about $2.5 million? That’s 10-carat diamond ring that Michael Douglas choose to fit right on the finger of Catherine Zeta Jones.

But it’s not all price, really. As far as surprising costs go, the “cheapest” of the most expensive rings in our list belongs to Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge. It’s only about $137,200. Prince Williams is not scrimping on her for sure; rather, the ring belongs to his mother, Princess Diana, who wore the same piece after agreeing to marry the England’s heir to the throne decades ago. It’ definitely a successful strategy to give such a jewel to your loved one.

Well, money can’t buy you royalty, but it can buy you to the top of our list, which was what Richard Burton must have been thinking when he gave his ring to Elizabeth Taylor. How much is it worth? Let’s just say it’s worth more than Beyonce’s ring that’s on spot no. 2.

Check Out Our Infographic and Get a Tissue Before You Start Drooling Over These Magnificient Rings:

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By Nestor Gilbert

Senior writer for FinancesOnline. If he is not writing about the booming SaaS and B2B industry, with special focus on developments in CRM and business intelligence software spaces, he is editing manuscripts for aspiring and veteran authors. He has compiled years of experience editing book titles and writing for popular marketing and technical publications.

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monika says:

Sorry your source and info about Jacqueline ring is wrong the emerald and diamond ring was offered by John Kennedy and not Onassis. Her engagement ring from the second husband was the Lesotto III JLo ring from Ben Affleck was a Harry Winston custom made, pink diamond, then Mark gave to her a blue diamond (both are the most expensive) stones in the whole world, in terms of the two colors, there are more expensive stones...

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Kim Kardashian Is Single White Female-ing Elizabeth Taylor says:

[…] of very high-end jewelry, and her 33.1-carat engagement ring from Richard Burton is estimated to be the single most expensive engagement ring in the world. Kim Kardashian’s rock is about the size of a human […]

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Sophia says:

Nicely written article!

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Rebel88 says:

There’s nothing wrong with giving an expensive engagement ring. It’s only wrong when you can’t afford it and you max out your card for it. That’s a liability that ironically will ruin your marriage soon.

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Ellie says:

People think diamonds are rare. The top diamond mining companies act like the oil companies. They control the market outflow of diamonds to create an artificial demand. I bet there are more than enough diamonds for all of us in a vault somewhere someplace.

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LJStauth says:

Ellie, many people are confused about the value versus the demand. The total amount of diamond bulk in the world is not the basis for the price. The value of a diamond is based on the physical weight, cut, clarity and color. You can find a diamond with very poor color, clarity and bad cut for pretty cheap, but many people try to sell them for expensive because uninformed consumers or they simply just take the word of one or two individuals. Diamonds are naturally large crystals or rocks. The rarity of a diamond that is perfectly clear in color, with no internal inclusions (small defects that form in crystals, often confused as cracks) or Diamonds that a jeweler was able to cut to the perfect proportions (which is much harder than people think)... Those are so rare, they do have a higher demand... to have a large (bigger than 8mm wide or greater) is so rare, many insurance companies refuse to insure, because they simply can't replace. Colored diamonds, also known as Fancy, are low grade, but uniform coloring is also rare. Diamonds are actually not one of the greatest investments, because unlike precious metals, their price is not so much based on their bulk. American Gem Society has some nice work on the subject, real educational stuff for consumers.

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SparklingGem says:

I wonder how these rings were evaluated for their worth. Diamond valuation is still as varied as the relationships in this infographic that’s why if you’re buying diamonds as an investment, good luck with finding the right price. I think much of the worth in these rings are attributed to the fact that they’re worn by celebrities.

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Michael OReilly says:

Very nice list. Very inexpensive if you factor in the age of the diamonds. Over 3 Billion years!

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Miranda Price says:

I hope all these rich people are wearing or had worn their ring all the time. It’s a pity if they just put it in a vault or some safe place. It defeats the real intention of engagement rings.

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Jenna Falon says:

Did JLo return the ring to Marc? She’s known to give engagement rings back when the relationship was toast. Note the ‘s’ in ring :)

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Andrea Mitchell says:

You should have put Kate’s ring at the top of the list. It’s priceless! That means not even Elizabeth Taylor’s bling can match that. Nice material, by the way.

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LJStauth says:

Obviously, nobody has control over such things, because this is about true value. The only down side, Liz Taylor's would draw a high value, because it would have been purchased in 1963-64, and the value is based it's assessed value at the time of the auction in 2011, long after one of the most well known actress' had passed. Liz Taylor memorabilia would be worth more just because of her name. But Princess's Kate's ring is a blue sapphire, and the rest are more expensive and rare diamonds.

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