Hollywood has a bit of a bad reputation when it comes to matters of the heart, and unfortunately, far too many people end up getting engaged, only to call it off later, or for their relationship to end in tears. But when celebrities get engaged, they seem to go all out (and spend a lot of money) because there are few who wear a simple band on their finger.
There are some who prefer the classic diamond, with a pretty band encrusted in smaller diamonds, but then there are others that prefer something truly unique and completely non-traditional. Whether that’s an unusual cluster of diamonds, a bright, colorful gemstone, a vintage find like Jason Sudeikis gifted Olivia Wilde (he apparently chose her ring, which has an emerald halo, because it reminded him of her eyes), or a ring that contains a birthstone, like Jessica Simpsons’ ruby. And then there are those that are different because of their sheer size, like the ring Mariah Carey was gifted when James Packer proposed to her.
Below are 20 celebs who have the most beautiful, distinctive rings, and then there are five who opted for the classic, timeless sparklers instead. Full disclosure: Not all of them made it down the aisle.
25 Evan Ross Wanted To Give Ashlee Simpson Something That Had Character
Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross are still married, so they are one of the Hollywood's success stories, but putting their relationship aside, Simpson also has one of the most non-traditional and uniquely beautiful engagement rings.
Ross gifted his bride to be a Neil Lane-designed ring with ruby inserts, and according to Glamour, the designers said this of Ross’ choice: “Evan was looking for something beautiful, a unique ring that said everything: love, romance, beauty, character. He didn’t want anything traditional.” He definitely succeeded.
24 Taylor Kinney Gave Lady Gaga His Heart For Her Engagement Ring
What day could be more perfect to get engaged than the day of love; Valentine’s Day? On this day in 2015, Taylor Kinney chose to propose to Lady Gaga with a beautiful white heart-shaped diamond, which according to Daily Mail was designed by Lorraine Schwartz. But it’s not just the unusual shape of this ring that made it special, but also the fact that the band had the letters "T" and "S," joined by a heart symbol, spelled out using diamonds. Unfortunately, the pair split before they could walk down the aisle.
23 A Dangling Engagement Ring Is What Rebecca Romijn And Jerry O'Connell Wanted
Jerry O'Connell really outdid himself when he proposed to Rebecca Romijn because the ring he gave her is absolutely breathtaking and completely different from the norm. According to E! News, the ring comprises of a 6-carat yellow diamond and was given to Romijn ahead of their 2007 wedding.
But later, it was made even more spectacular when it was given to Lorraine Schwartz who changed it so that the diamond could dangle from the band. This makes it a real eye-catcher!
22 Scarlett Johansson Wore A Stunning Art-Deco Ring When She Got Engaged To Romain Dauriac
Scarlett Johansson got engaged to Romain Dauriac in 2013, and her ring deserves a spot on this list for its unusual shape and Art Deco design.
Johansson debuted her engagement ring when she stepped out on the red carpet at the Venice International Film Festival for the premiere of her film, Under the Skin, InStyle reports. As for the ring itself, it has a vintage feel to it and has a rectangular setting, with three large diamonds featured in the center, and according to Glamour, it took up a large amount of space on her finger.
21 Emily Ratajkowski And Sebastian Bear-Mcclard Kept Their Marriage Low-Key, But Her Ring Was Hard To Miss
Emily Ratajkowski and her producer boyfriend, Sebastian Bear-Mcclard, surprised everyone when they got married, and Harper’s Bazaar notes that the pair had only been dating for a few weeks before they decided to tie the knot.
But the wedding was not the only surprise, because it wasn’t until after the wedding that Ratajkowski decided to show off her diamonds. The ring in question is a stunning combination of pear and square diamonds, featured side by side, which she paired with a simple gold wedding band.
20 Halle Berry Turned Heads With The Ring Olivier Martinez Got From His Neighbor
When Halle Berry got engaged to Olivier Martinez, she was seen sporting an emerald and diamond ring on her finger, which according to Hello! was designed by Martinez’s Parisian neighbor, jeweler Robert Mazlo.
The publication notes that the ring features an emerald in the center, set in a gold band, with two small diamonds on either side. It’s a really striking piece, but what makes it even more interesting is it’s said to contain secret codes and inscriptions only Berry could solve.
19 Jason Sudeikis Chose A Vintage Piece For Olivia Wilde That Reminded Him Of Her Eyes
Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis got engaged in 2013, when he proposed to her with a diamond ring surrounded by aqua emeralds.
The ring is a vintage piece, which makes it incredibly special to Wilde, who told Brides that it went through Paris around 1921. She continued, "I love imagining the story of this ring. Who had it? It's a bit of an aqua emerald, not a deep dark green. Jason said it reminded him of my eyes, which is very sweet."
18 It Was All About Sustainable Fine Jewelry For Olivia Hamilton And Damien Chazelle
In 2017, La La Land director Damien Chazelle took Olivia Hamilton to a romantic spot on the seaside at Malibu beach Point Dume, where he presumably got down on one knee and asked her to marry him. To seal the deal, he presented her with a pretty, yet untraditional ring, which according to People, was designed by Monique Pean.
Monique Pean is a jewelry designer who creates sustainable fine jewelry, and according to the website for the brand, is known for their one-of-a-kind pieces.
17 When Princess Eugenie of York Got Engaged To Jack Brooksbank, She Was Sporting A Padparadscha Sapphire
Princess Eugenie of York and her longtime boyfriend, Jack Brooksbank, announced their engagement in January of 2018, revealing that they planned to wed in autumn of that same year.
According to Metro, her ring features a stunning Padparadscha sapphire, a gem that is reportedly sought-after and rare. The ring was completed with 10 brilliant-cut diamonds and 2 pear-cut diamonds, giving it the interesting shape, and it’s believed to be worth more than £100,00 (roughly $131,114).
16 Eric Johnson Gave Jessica Simpson A Unique Ring Containing Her Birthstone
Jessica Simpson’s engagement ring is classic, but with a little twist, and that twist comes from the addition of a ruby — it’s interesting to note that her sister also has an engagement ring featuring a ruby.
When Jessica and her now-husband Eric Johnson got engaged in 2010, he presented her with a 5-carat ruby gemstone surrounded by two pear-cut diamonds, E! News reports. The value of the ring is believed to be around $200,000, but it also has special significance because the ruby is Simpson’s birthstone.
15 Heidi Klum's Yellow Engagement From Seal Is A Real Eye-Catcher
What makes Heidi Klum’s engagement ring from Seal non-traditional is its color, because instead of opting for a classic white diamond, Seal chose something that stood out; a 10-carat cushion-cut yellow diamond. The couple was married in 2005, but after announcing their split in 2012, the pair seemed reluctant to remove their rings.
A month after the news of their split made headlines, Seal was reportedly photographed without his wedding band, and Klum decided to remove her ring too, Daily Mail reports.
14 Eva Longoria Ditched Her Massive Ring From Jose Antonio Baston After Their Wedding
It seems to be a trend among celebrities to move away from the traditional white diamonds and opt for something more colorful, and Eva Longoria’s engagement ring from Jose Antonio Baston definitely fits into the latter category.
The pair got engaged during a trip to Dubai, and Baston gave the actress an impressive ruby ring, surrounded by a halo of white diamonds. But Longoria stopped wearing the ring after her marriage, and according to Closer, she said it was because she is a simple girl, and it was “a bit too much" for her.
13 Emma Roberts Got Engaged To Peter Evans, Again, And Got A New Black Ring
Emma Roberts and Peter Evans’ relationship has been a bit of a roller coaster; they started dating in 2012, they got engaged in 2014, then broke up in 2015, only to get back together and break up for the second time, E! News reports. And now, it looks as though their relationship is currently back on, and Roberts is sporting a new engagement ring.
According to TMZ, the new ring, which she was first spotted wearing in 2017, looks to be a combination of onyx and diamonds, and it’s an incredibly different look to the classic engagement ring she wore the first time.
12 Jennifer Lopez' Love May Not Cost A Thing, But Her Engagement Ring Did
When Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got together the paparazzi could not get enough of them, and their every move was commented on, so when they split, the media went into meltdown mode. But now we are reflecting back on the good old days when the couple got engaged in 2002, and the unusual 6.1-carat pink diamond ring Affleck proposed with. According to Glamour, the massive ring was designed by Harry Winston and has an estimated value of $1.5 million.
11 Cameron Diaz And Benji Madden Chose Something Super Different For Their Relationship
When choosing a ring that’s non-traditional, it’s not always colorful gems in unusual cuts that celebs go for, as proven by Cameron Diaz’ engagement ring, which her now-husband Benji Madden gifted her in 2014.
The pair were very secretive about their romance, but engagement reports started after Diaz was seen at JFK airport, because as E! News notes, she was wearing a thick gold band with diamond inlays on her finger — not the traditional diamond. The couple got married in 2015 and still appear to be together.
10 Robin Wright's Engagement Ring From Ben Foster Was All About Simplicity
There was a time when Robin Wright and Ben Foster were a couple; After meeting on the set of their film, Rampart, in 2011, romance reports started in 2012, People reports. Then in January of 2014, the pair became engaged (before calling it off for good in 2015).
Wright spoke about her engagement with The Daily Telegraph (via Daily Mail), telling the publication that the proposal came as a “shock.” As for the ring, well, staying away from tradition, it didn’t appear to have any gemstones insight, instead, it was a simple twisted band, which appeared to be accompanied by a knot ring.
9 Kylie Minogue And Joshua Sasse's Relationship Didn't Last, But Her Sparkler Is Memorable
When Kylie Minogue got engaged to Joshua Sasse, her gigantic diamond bling was hard not to miss. Yet despite the sheer size, the many little diamonds it took to create its rectangular shape, and the ability to blind someone if they looked at it in direct sunlight, the couple’s engagement announcement was far more low key.
They decided to announce it in The Telegraph, People reports. Which may have been for the best, because one year after their engagement, they went their separate ways.
8 Fergie And Josh Duhamel Were Once The "It" Couple Of Hollywood, And She Had An Impressive Ring To Prove It
In 2007, Fergie and Josh Duhamel got engaged after three years of dating, and according to Daily Mail, the proposal happened while they were on holiday in Mexico. The ring was just as special as the proposal, created by H. Stern design, and instead of a simple, classic style, it featured a wide band (so it was very noticeable). According to InStyle, the band included a 4-carat brilliant cut diamond. Following her divorce, Fergie has replaced this ring with rings that spell “FERG.”
7 Bridget Marquardt And Nick Carpenter Got A Halloween-Looking Ring That's So Different
Bridget Marquardt was famously once one of Hugh Hefner’s girlfriends (there were three at the time), but she has long since moved on from that relationship and found love with film director Nick Carpenter. The couple married in 2009, but before their wedding day, Carpenter gifted Marquardt a spider-shaped engagement ring.
Marquardt never wanted a traditional ring and spoke to People about how what she got was perfect for her. “The traditional rings were just really, really traditional and I just wanted something different, unique and special. We saw this and I was like, 'I love that!'”
6 Mariah Carey Was Engaged To Billionaire James Packer And He Gifted Her The Most Gigantic Ring, Ever
Mariah Carey is a lady with fine taste, so it should come as no surprise that when she got engaged to billionaire James Packer, her ring was exceptional. It was also massive! The sparkler was a 35-carat diamond-and-platinum engagement ring, created by jewelry designer Wilfredo Rosado, who according to Entertainment Tonight, told Vogue the ring was "the most challenging piece of jewelry [he's] ever designed."
But putting the size and price tag of $10 million aside, this ring is classic in every other way. Still, it cannot be called your traditional engagement ring, because few people fork out this much!
5 Karlie Kloss Got An Expensive, But Very Traditional Rock From Joshua Kushner
When Karlie Kloss got engaged to businessman Joshua Kushner, she couldn’t wait to share her happy news and took to Instagram stories to share a photo of herself getting ready for a fashion shoot, while sporting a massive sparkler, Elle reports.
According to Town & Country, the center diamond is a cushion cut which looks to be either 7 or 8 carats and is set in a delicate diamond band. It also doesn’t come cheap, with the estimated worth somewhere between $200,000 and $500,000.
4 Keleigh Sperry Got A Safari And A Pretty Ring From Miles Teller
Actor Miles Teller has found the love of his life in Keleigh Sperry, and he ensured that the proposal would be particularly memorable for both of them by popping the question while on a safari in Africa. He also gifted Sperry an incredibly beautiful ring, but it’s a very traditional cut.
The happy news was shared on Instagram, along with a safari-themed engagement shoot, by Sperry’s sister, Christine York, who admitted she couldn’t wait until they got home so that they could celebrate together.
3 Ashley Greene Came Away With More Than Just Good Memories On Her Trip To New Zealand
Ashley Greene became an engaged woman in December of 2016, when her boyfriend Paul Khoury asked her if she would be his wife during a trip to New Zealand. He presented her with an oval-cut diamond, set in a platinum base, and it’s truly a timeless piece.
Greene shared the news on Instagram, gushing about how it was “the most beautiful moment” she could have ever asked for, and confessed to being the “happiest, luckiest woman alive,” Daily Mail reports.
2 Lea Michele Found Happiness Again With Zandy Reich, She Also Found A Super Big Diamond
Lea Michele could not have been happier when Zandy Reich popped the question in April of 2018, and she took to Instagram to share her news. Posting a photo of herself, holding up her beautiful, very classic ring, she captioned the post with a simple “yes,” and a ring emoji.
The couple had been dating for around a year when Reich presented his love with a ring. The ring, according to People, is a 4-carat elongated radiant cut ring, designed by Reich himself, with the help of Leor Yerushalmi and The Jewelers of Las Vegas.
1 Kate Upton Ring She Got From Justin Verlander Is Rare, And Exceptional
Kate Upton let the world know she was a taken woman when she walked the red carpet at the 2016 Met Gala with a massive ring on her finger, given to her by Justin Verlander. According to The Knot, it’s a round-cut diamond, set in a diamond-pavé setting. But although this a common style, the thing that makes Upton’s ring really stand out is its sheer size.
The athlete worked with jeweller Anita Ko to create the perfect ring for Upton, and Ko chatting to People Style about the experience, saying the ring is "rare and of exceptional quality."