Did you know that more engagements happen between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day than any other time of the year? And the most popular day to get engaged is Christmas? It might not be very original, but it's also hard to think of a better Christmas gift than something shiny, bright and symbolic of a lifetime of love and happiness. With our social feeds filled with engagement photos and "I said yes!" announcements, we can't help but think about rings. When it comes to engagements and bling, no one is doing it bigger or better than celebrities. Some celebs spend more on a ring than most couples can spend in a lifetime. They go all out with huge diamonds, breathtaking proposals and over the top gestures.
But then there are a few celebs who just miss the mark. If we have to take out a microscope in order to see the diamond on that ring, you didn't do a good job. Or if it looks like the ring could have come from a gumball machine, you messed up. It's sad when people with money don't use it well. If you ever need someone to pick out and wear pretty jewelry, we're only too happy to volunteer!
15 seriously stunning celebrity engagement rings:
20 Prince Harry & Meghan Markle's Meaningful Sparkler
Of course, we have to start with the most popular engaged couple all around the world: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. This American actress is truly living the dream and will be an unofficial princess by the end of spring. But before we get into the details on the nuptials, let's talk about the ring. Of course, a prince has got to impress with his choice in bling and Harry did just that with the ring he designed himself. Harry explains, "The ring is – is obviously yellow gold because that’s what – her favorite and the main stone itself I sourced from Botswana and the – the little diamonds either side are from my mother’s jewelry collection to make sure that she’s with us on this – on this crazy journey together." How sweet is that? Incorporating the late Princess Diana and Botswana, where Harry and Meghan had one of their early dates.
19 Kaley Cuoco & Karl Cook: Third Time's The Charm?
Who could say no to this pear shaped stunner? Obviously not Kaley Cuoco! She agreed to marry her then-boyfriend now-fiance and professional equestrian, Karl Cook, on her 32nd birthday back in November. She gushed, "Still crying. Every part of this night has been perfection just like you @mrtankcook I love you forever!" But this isn't the first time Kaley has accepted a proposal. In fact, it's her third. In 2011, Kaley got engaged to Josh Resnik, an addiction specialist. They called off their engagement just five months later. She then got engaged to pro tennis player, Ryan Sweeting, in Sept 2013 after only three months of dating. They married in December 2013 and divorced in September 2015. Hopefully the third time is the charm with Kaley and Karl!
18 Joe Jonas & Sophie Turner: Young Starlets In Love
So obviously the hottest, most successful and perhaps the most fashionable young engaged couple in Hollywood has got to be Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas. These two together could take over the world. Sophie brings with her the dramatic acting world from Game of Thrones and the action fans from her role in X-Men. Plus, she brings her cool British culture. Joe was a Disney star and now he is making waves in the music scene with his band, DNCE. Both stars posted a gorgeous shot of their hands and the exquisite ring with the simple caption "I said yes." Also, Kit Harington and Rose Leslie of Game of Thrones fame are engaged. Can we get a double wedding? As long as it's not like any of the weddings on the show...
17 Actor Miles Teller & Keleigh Sperry Made It Official On Safari
How gorgeous is this square cut diamond with pavé-encrusted band that Miles Teller gave to his longtime girlfriend, Keleigh Sperry? It's stunning. And so is their romantic love story. Miles and Keleigh have been together since 2013, which is ages in Hollywood time. She's a model and he's a hot young actor, so of course they look perfect. To mark their engagement, Miles and Keleigh went on a trip to the Seychelles. They then visited South Africa and Miles popped the question while the two were on a safari. Meaning that yes, Keleigh does have a photo of her gorgeous ring with a casual lion chilling in the background. They also did a pretty gorgeous photo shoot while on safari complete with a stunning dress on Keleigh and elephants by the watering hole.
16 Actress Katie Cassidey & Matthew Rogers With The Most Insane Diamond
Let's just take a moment to collectively gawk at this insane rock that now resides on Katie Cassidy's finger. I mean, look at that thing! It's huge. And you don't often see a marquise-shaped diamond. After getting engaged, Katie posted her ring and this caption on Instagram, "I can't wait to spend forever with you my darling!! I'm the luckiest girl in the whole world." Katie and her beau, Matthew Rodgers, got engaged while on vacation in Mauritius. You know Katie Cassidy as a TV actress. She currently stars on Arrow as Laurel Lance/Black Canary/Black Siren. We're sure she'll take a break from kicking superhero butt and donning spandex body suits on TV to plan an awesome wedding where she'll wear a dress stunning enough to match that ring.
15 John Cena & Nikki Bella Traded Wrestling Rings For A Diamond Ring
They say that professional wrestling is all fake. But John Cena decided to change things up recently. He dropped to his knee to propose with a very real ring to his girlfriend, Nikki Bella. These two have been together for five years and fake fighting alongside one another the whole time. While most couples go for a fancy dinner or take a romantic trip right before they get engaged, John and Nikki decided to do something else. They got in the ring and wrestled The Miz and Maryse. And because it was their big night, of course John and Nikki nabbed the victory. Which made it the perfect time for John to surprise Nikki with a ginormous ring - seriously, even if you had cheap seats you would be able to see that thing.
14 Country Star Kelsea Ballerini & Morgan Evans Went With A Classic Stunner
Now it's time to go a little bit country for another stunning rock. This time, the halo set round diamond stone belongs to Kelsea Ballerini, the Love Me Like You Mean It songstress. It was given to her on Christmas morning by her Australian singer boyfriend, Morgan Evans. Kelsea couldn't wait to take to Instagram and gush all about her beau and her rock. She said, "On March 12th I met and hosted an awards show with @morganevansmusic… This morning, 9 months and 13 days later, he got down on one knee in the kitchen while I was burning pancakes and asked me to marry him. Loving him has been the greatest gift of my life. And now I get to do it for life. #HECALLEDDIBS. I GET TO MARRY MY AUSSIE. My heart is bursting from loving this human so much. Luckiest girl in the world."
13 Olympic Bad Boy Ryan Lochte & Kayla Rae Reid Go From Off To Very On Again With This Gem
Ryan Lochte and Kayla Rae Reid have had their troubles throughout their relationship. They made their public debut during the summer games in Rio. But things got shaky after that with Ryan telling cameras he was single and ready to mingle and even that he had downloaded Tinder. Well, just a few months later, the two were back on solid ground. In October, Ryan popped the question in Malibu overlooking a beautiful sunset. The duo were dressed to the nines and ready to show off the square cut diamond. Ryan shared the news on Instagram saying, "Memories forever!!! #thelochtes #LA." And Kayla shared on her page, "Speechless. Absolutely beautiful. So in love with YOU." Let's hope that the past is behind them and they are ready to start fresh with their new engagement.
12 Power Couple Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Brought Bling To A Whole New Level
We couldn't even write a list about engagement rings without mentioning Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West. Those two are infamous for doing everything larger than life. So we're not surprised that they went big with their engagement ring. And to make things even more insane, this isn't the first giant rock Kanye has gifted her. Kim's original engagement ring, a 15-carat cushion cut diamond set onto a thin pavé band, which was amazing. But in August 2016, Kanye surprised her with an upgrade: a 20-carat emerald cut diamond set on a similar band. Why did he do this? Because he had just signed a new deal with Adidas and wanted to celebrate. He had "Adidas" engraved on the band which Kim found hilarious, but makes my jewelry-loving heart hurt. Sadly, Kim's new rock was stolen during the robbery in Paris later that year.
11 Nicole Williams & Larry English Went As Glam As You Can Go
Next up we have WAGS star Nicole Williams and NFL player Larry English and their giant rock. To make the most of their proposal, the reality stars saved it for the cameras. Larry proposed in Thailand on the 2016 season finale of WAGS. Here are the details on the ring: 18-carat rose gold setting with an 5.14-carat oval center stone surrounded by a diamond band consisting of over 100 round stones for a total weight of almost 6 carats. And it cost $250,000. The best part? Larry designed it himself saying, "This is the one thing that Nicole will wear every day for the rest of her life, so it has to be perfect." Nicole was a fan calling it the most beautiful ring she had ever seen. Well done, Larry!
10 Ciara & Russell Wilson Opt For A Big And Blinding Ring
Another NFL star who popped the question with a big rock is Russell Wilson. Seriously, this ring is ginormous! Wilson popped the question on a surprise trip to The Seychelles. The duo were attending Paris Fashion Week and then Russell whisked Ciara away on a romantic getaway to a luxury resort in The Seychelles. After saying yes, Ciara gushed on Instagram, "God Is So Good! I’m So Grateful For You @DangRussWilson. You Are Truly Heaven Sent, and I’m Looking Forward To Spending Forever With You." Since their spring 2016 engagement, this couple has been busy. They got married just a few months later at the very regal Peckforton Castle in Cheshire, England. And then in April 2017, they welcomed their daughter, Sienna. They also parent a son from Ciara's previous relationship.
9 Diva Mariah Carey & James Packer Set The Record
If you thought you knew big rings, you haven't seen anything yet. Mariah Carey, the big time diva herself, might hold the record for the most insane engagement ring. The ginormous ring is a whopping 35-carats! The ring is rumored to be worth $10 million. This gorgeous ring was given to Mariah with James Packer, an Australian billionaire business man and Mariah's former fiance. The two met in 2014 and made their red carpet debut in the fall of 2015. He proposed in January 2016 and Mariah had this to say about the ring, "It’s so heavy I can’t lift my arm up!" They split in October of 2016 with Packer saying the relationship was a mistake for both of them. Despite the split, Mariah continued to wear the massive ring. I mean, can we blame her? The two reached a settlement in November 2017 and Mariah got to keep the ring. Lucky lady!
8 Julianne Hough & Brooks Laich Couldn't Hide This Sparkling Beauty
Next up is the blingy ring that Julianne Hough got from her then-fiance, now-husband, Brooks Laich, an NHL player. The two got engaged in August 2015 and just tied the knot this past July. When they first got engaged, Julianne tried hard to hide her left hand from the eager paparazzi. But she slipped up when she posed for an Instagram shot with her glam squad on the way to a Taylor Swift concert. Once the ring was public, Julianne headed to her own blog to gush, "It takes my breath away every time I look down." Ever the sweet guy, it was revealed that Brooks designed the ring and looked for "a diamond that was truly beautiful and shined so bright — just like Julianne... and a ring that reflected Julianne’s grace and elegance."
7 Music Queen And King Beyonce & Jay Z Reign Supreme
Yes, they got engaged a long time ago. Yes, they are now married and parents to three children. Yes, they have had some relationship issues and all I want to do is ask Jay, "WHY!?! HOW COULD YOU?" But in the end, these two have a pretty impressive engagement ring that deserves our admiration. So let's take a look back. Beyonce and Jay Z first met back in 1999 when Beyonce was only 18 years old. They started dating a year later. In 2002 and 2003, they appeared on each other's tracks and music videos and their chemistry was undeniable. They got married in April 2008 in total privacy. So we don't actually know when the proposal happened. But we do know Beyonce got an 18-carat diamond ring worth $5 million.
6 Newly Engaged Paris Hilton & Chris Zylka Set The Bar High... 2 Million Dollars Later
The talk of the town when it comes to engagement rings has got to be the newly engaged Paris Hilton and Chris Zylka. The two just got engaged over the holidays on a ski trip in Aspen. Just look at that rock! These two could have been wearing garbage bags in an alley and it would still have been the most stunning proposal based on that crazy huge and expensive ring. More than just glitz, these two are crazy about each other. Paris said, "I am so excited to be engaged to the love of my life and my best friend. I have never felt so happy, safe and loved." Chris echoed her sentiments saying, "Paris is the most beautiful and incredible woman both inside and out. I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be marrying my dream girl."
5 engagement rings celebs cheaped out on:
5 Can Barely See It Diamond For Julia Stiles & Preston J Cook
Can you see it? Squint your eyes and really lean into your screen. Do you see it now? Yes, that teeny tiny little thing is apparently a diamond engagement ring fit for a celebrity. This ring was given to Julia Stiles, former star of 10 Things I Hate About You and Save The Last Dance, by her fiance Preston J Cook, a camera assistant. Sure, camera assistants probably don't make as much money. But c'mon! That thing is so tiny! If you can't afford a nice looking diamond, go for another precious stone - at least one we can actually see. But looks like Julia couldn't care too much about the size of her ring. She and Preston were married over Labor Day weekend last year and welcomed their son, Strummer, in October. Of course, lasting love is much more important than a ring. But a pretty ring couldn't hurt!
4 Lady Gaga & Taylor Kinney Went Expensive But Oh So Tacky
So this ring that Taylor Kinney proposed to Lady Gaga with is far from cheap. In fact, this 6-carat Lorraine Schwartz diamond ring was probably very expensive. The only problem? It looks cheap! Honestly, this looks like something you could get out of a gum ball machine for a quarter. Lady Gaga has eclectic taste but it's always been rich taste. She does avant garde, not cheap. We get that you love her, Taylor, but did you have to be so obvious about it? A heart shaped diamond is so tacky. Worse, he engraved it with their initials, just like he was carving into a tree at summer camp. Sadly, Taylor and Gaga split in the summer of 2016. Maybe this ring was an omen that this relationship was going to come to an end?
3 Keira Knightley & James Righton Go For Small Instead Of Stunning
This is another one where you're really going to have to squint to see the ring. Allegedly, there is a diamond ring somewhere on Keira Knightley's left hand. It was given to her by her now-hubby, James Righton, a musician with the band, Klaxons. The two got together in 2011 and James popped the question in 2012. Critics were calling the teeny tiny diamond and simple band a promise ring, instead of a full-fledged engagement ring. But no matter how small the diamond, it looks like the relationship was made to last. The two wed in 2013 and welcomed their first child, a daughter named Edie, in 2015. Right from the beginning, friends knew these two were meant to be. Even in this paparazzi shot, they can't keep their eyes and hands off one another.
2 Scarlett Johansson & Romain Dauriac's Ring Looks Like A Traffic Signal
Here's another example of an expensive ring gone wrong. It really hurts when people with money buy ugly things. You could do so much better! It's not like you couldn't afford a pretty ring - you just chose to buy a hideous one. And that's exactly what happened with the engagement ring Romain Dauriac proposed to Scarlett Johansson with in September 2013. The triple stacked diamond is meant to be art deco style, but honestly looks more like a traffic light. Again, this expensive but ugly ring may have been a bad omen for the relationship. The duo were married in October 2014 but split less than two years later. They officially divorced in September 2017. But one beautiful thing came out of their union (obviously, not the ring): their daughter, Rose.
1 Olivia Wilde & Jason Sudeikis Ruin Everything With A Lime Green Halo
We know that Jason Sudekis is a funny man in Hollywood. But did he have to bring his funny bone into the ring design with him? Maybe if he had kept things serious, his now-wife, Olivia Wilde, wouldn't be the owner of a lime green halo engagement ring. This ring would have been totally gorgeous if it was just a simple round cut diamong. But then Jason decided to dip it in some ugly by adding the gross green halo. It just doesn't work. Leave the stylish choices to Olivia, Jas. Luckily, Olivia was able to look past the ugly green color when Jason popped the question in 2013 after two years of dating. However, despite having two kids together post-engagement, the two still haven't made things official and tied the knot. Maybe Olivia is waiting for Jason to try again with a nicer ring?