The Sweet Stories Behind 10 Celebrity Engagement Rings
Gaga and her former fiancé Taylor Kinney called things off earlier this year, but we'll always have the memories of her massive heart-shaped ring. During a visit to The Tonight Show, she told Jimmy Fallon that she expects Kinney purchased such a large stone to ward off any other suitors. “I think that’s why he got me such a big one, so that if men touch my hand they’d be like, ‘Oh, I feel something!'" she joked.
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At 15 carats, Kardashian's first engagement ring was what you'd call a sizable rock. But somehow, Kanye West managed to upgrade her to a second, even more impressive one, that came with a funny story. “I was sleeping and he woke me up in the middle of the night and said, ‘Babe, babe, I got you something from Adidas," she said during a visit to Radio Andy. "And I said, ‘I’ll get the shoes in the morning babe, I’m sleeping.’ And then he put a box on my pillow, a Lorraine Schwartz box, and he goes, ‘No, open your eyes,’ and I opened my eyes and it was a box, and I like, woke up, and I was like, ‘What is this?'" It was a 20-carat emerald cut diamond ring from Lorraine Schwartz, with the word "adidas" engraved inside, which West bought after signing a big deal with Adidas (get it?). Sadly, the new ring was stolen when Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris.
It's a ring so special, Cyrus has worn it twice! Hemsworth proposed in 2012 with this Neil Lane sparkler, and when they got back together this year, she put the ring back on. But it wasn't until recently that Cyrus revealed that, though gorgeous, the ring isn't really her style. “This is really weird, because this is like real jewelry and most of my jewelry is made out of gummy bears and cotton candy," she told Ellen DeGeneres. "They don’t look that good together because they kind of mix up. So sometimes I replace it with an actual unicorn or a Looney Tune. And [Hemsworth’s] kind of like, 'What’s going on?' I am like, This isn’t really my aesthetic, but I’ll wear it because you love me.” As DeGeneres pointed out, going with an actual gummy bear ring might have saved him some cash.
Everyone hopes their engagement ring will be special and unique, but few have that a one-of-a-kind factor quite like Marquardt's spider-shaped sparker. The Halloween lover said that she just wanted "something different," and while she isn't a huge fan of spiders, she says the ring fits her personality. “It’s not that I love spiders — I actually don’t really love spiders that much — but it’s not that and it doesn’t represent that to me,” she said. “It just represents my personality more and something different for our relationship.”
Sasha Farber's proposal to his longtime girlfriend and fellow DWTS pro Slater was one of the sweetest moments in show history. Though the proposal was a surprise, the ring wasn't: Slater had chosen the wine-colored sapphire beforehand with her sister, who relayed her choice to Farber. “She had gone shopping and picked it. I spoke to her sister and she told me and I went and got it,” he said. The unusual hue has a special significance for Slater, too: “It’s the same color as my mom’s ring,” said Slater. “I actually don’t like pink. I say it’s a wine color.”
Upton deserves all the bling, and her baseball pitcher fiancé Justin Verlander definitely delivered. He designed a custom ring alongside jeweler Anita Ko for the occasion of popping the question. "Justin and I collaborated on creating the most perfect one-of-a-kind ring that is rare and of exceptional quality, just like their love," said Ko of the stunning diamond.
Bushnell's ring is from designer Neil Lane, like all Bachelor engagement bling. But though Ben Higgins was choosing between two women up until the days before the proposal, he knew this ring was all Bushnell — and reflected his own taste, too! “Ben wanted to learn all about the diamonds and he liked the shape, the radiant cut and geometric, Art Deco vibe,” Lane told PEOPLE of the ring, handcrafted in platinum. “It makes a strong statement with all the details and of course it sparkles every way you look at it.”
If you can't pick your ring yourself, you want your best friend to do it for you. That's the mindset Johnny McDaid clearly had when selecting Cox's ring, which was designed by her close friend Jennifer Meyer. "I guess he liked it so he put a Jennifer Meyer ring on it!!" Meyer wrote of the ring on Instagram.
Definitive proof that Camp and her Pitch Perfect co-star husband are the coolest couple ever? They both got each other engagement rings. Astin's was a braided silver band, while Camp's was a massive diamond. “It always felt odd to me that men didn’t get engagement rings," Astin wrote on Instagram. "Thankfully my fiancé thought so too."
When your significant other gives you a five-carat Tiffany solitaire ring, you'd want to flaunt it, right? Not so for Kunis, who is so scared someone is going to "chop" her hand off to steal her pretty sparkler, she keeps it in a safe. Her wedding ring, however, she doesn't leave home without — perhaps because she spent less than $100 for it. "I wanted the thinnest possible platinum band,” said the actress.“I was like, 'They're how much? What, this is astronomical!' So, I went on Etsy and I was like, '$90? Buy now!'"