Guide to Buying Engagement Rings Online

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Back in the 20th century, the diamond producers De Beers famously engineered the tradition of proposing with a diamond engagement ring. They also tried to persuade the ring-buying public that the amount of money that should be spent on an engagement ring should equal two (then they advocated three) months' salary. This strategy worked partly because diamond rings were felt to be expensive enough for the bride-to-be to feel secure that engagement would definitely mean marriage and not a fast-track to 'home base'.

The importance of wearing a big, expensive engagement ring was also hammered home to the public by seductively advertising diamond rings in magazines and priming famous Hollywood actresses to wear diamonds whenever they appeared publicly. Nowadays everyone is familiar with much quoted comments from Mae West:

  • Diamonds is my career
  • No gold-digging for me. I take diamonds.
  • I never worry about diets. The only carrots that interest me are the number of carats in a diamond.

Marilyn Monroe's breathlessly-sung homage, 'Diamonds Are A Girl's Best Friend' and Zsa Zsa Gabor's infamous remark, "I never hated a man enough to give him his diamonds back". Comments (scripts) like these were born out of Hollywood's love affair with glamour, with big rocks and bling...whatever the moniker, it was and is - for some - still about big expensive rings.

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Famously Expensive Engagement Rings

So if you are looking for ideas on how to big bling, here are a few 'inspirational' examples:

Chopard Blue Diamond Ring

This ring includes an enormous 9-carat, oval-shaped blue diamond with diamond shoulders and an 18k white gold band paved with yet more diamonds. Blue diamonds are among the most expensive diamonds in the world and this stunning ring was valued at $16.26 million dollars in 2009.

Chopard Emerald Cocktail Ring

Chopard is also the design house behind the Emerald Cocktail Ring that contains a solitaire emerald weighing over 33 carats. Surrounded by half-moon diamonds and set on a platinum band, this ring is worth $2.14 million dollars.

Eye-Popping - Popstar Beyonce's Engagement Ring

This 18-carat emerald-cut diamond set in a platinum band cost finace Jay-Z a relatively modest $5 million dollars in 2008.

Weighty Diamonds for Paris Hilton

Socialist Paris Hilton received a 24-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring, worth $4.7 million from her then fiancé Paris Latsis. It was reported that she found the ring too heavy to wear.

Elizabeth Taylor Jewelry Collection

The glamorous actress, Elizabeth Taylor had well-documented love affairs with six husbands, who between them lavished her with precious jewels including 29.4-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring. Her entire collection is estimated to be worth over $150 million.

Antique Elegance for Zeta-Jones

When Hollywood royalty, Michael Douglas proposed to Catherine Zeta-Jones it was with a 10-carat antique marquise diamond engagement ring worth over $2 million.

Jennifer Lopez Pink Diamond Engagment Ring

This beautiful and much-talked about ring featured a pink diamond. The ring made by famous jeweler, Harry Winson is allegedly worth over $1 million. It was returned to Ben Affleck when the couple separated.

Beckham Bling - For 'Im and for Her

David Beckham and Victoria Beckham (nee Adams) were engaged back in 1997, when David presented her with a $1million, 3-carat marquise diamond solitaire engagement ring highlighted by baguette diamonds on each side and diamonds embedded in the gold setting. (She bought him a matching diamond engagement ring).

Although some of these engagement rings may still be owned by the intended recipient, some of these rings may (one day) be available via auction houses such as Christie's or private dealers. However, it's fair to say, if you have an open cheque book, you'll find many jewelers throughout the world only too happy to find their rarest stone for you and create the most expensive engagement ring possible!

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