Who Has The Best Bling?
Kate Middleton's engagement ring from husband Prince William was envied by girls all over the world. But it was far from the most extravagant ring in history.
Who says a diamond is a girl's best friend? For more than 500 years, engagement rings have symbolized the commitment and love a couple share, but how much is too much? Some celebs throughout history have had some very big rocks, and it remains a status symbol among those recently-engaged couples.
According to Jewelers blog Allurez.com, million dollar (or more) engagement rings are nothing new. It started back in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria proposed to his bride-to-be, Mary of Burgundy. Her ring featured diamonds in the shape of an "M" and, since then, famous couples, many of them royals, have worked to show their love through a diamond.
In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte proposed to Josephine Beauharnais with a near-$1 million ring. The marriage did not last, but Bonaparte set the bar high. Since then, more royals have accepted their engagement rings worth more than many make in a lifetime. Although the value of Queen Elizabeth II's engagement ring is unknown, it features 3 carats, made out of diamonds from Prince Philip's mother's tiara. Grace Kelly was proposed to by her future husband, Prince Rainier III of Monaco, with a $600,000 ring in 1956.
Kate Middleton's ring is a little more modest, valued at only $65,000. Her ring is much more sentimental, though, as it is a family heirloom worn by Princess Diana on her wedding day to Prince William's father, Prince Charles.
Beyond royalty, the rich and famous spend a lot on their rings as well. Catherine Zeta-Jones' ring is valued around $2 million, Jacqueline Kennedy's at $1.5 million, Heidi Klum's at $150,000, Angelina Jolie's at $500,000 and Melania Trump's at $490,000.
When Kardashian and Kanye West were engaged, she (naturally) posted a photo of the giant ring on Instagram.
See the infographic below.
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