Ring Redux: Celebrities Who Redesigned Their Engagement Rings

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People are and always will be curious and enamored with celebrities. Their lavish lifestyles, that song, that film, or act—all the things that catapulted them to stardom. We follow their social media accounts and are obsessed with the latest scoop on who just got the biggest bling on their engagement ring or the latest juice on who’s headed to splitsville anytime soon. 

Speaking of rings, wouldn’t it be great to know the stories behind these celebrity engagement rings? Most of them made it to the altar, while some of them unexpectedly broke off the engagement. We’ll never be sure how many of them returned their rings, but we know a few who kept them for themselves—despite their staggering value!

Celebrities Who Redesigned Their Engagement Rings

 

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A Chunky Diamond Engagement Ring

From the beloved British royalties like Princess Diana and Kate Middleton to legendary pop singer Mariah Carey who got her famous “rock” from her business mogul former fiance.’ It’s not just the mind-blowing cost of these rings that stirs people’s curiosity. It’s the backstory, and sometimes rich history surrounding these precious jewels that are keeping the interest and fascination alive. 

So today, we’ll go ahead and see what the fuss is all about. We’ll take a look at the best and worst of these engagement rings that made it to the list. As well as draw some inspiration for getting the perfect engagement ring for your beloved someday. 

Can An Engagement Ring Be Redesigned?

Of course, you can! But the bigger question is, should you? This debate has been going on for ages. Some say you shouldn’t especially if the one who gave it to you was the one who picked and designed the entire masterpiece, such as in the case of famous engagement rings. But for others, there is nothing wrong with breathing new life into a worn-out ring. This is especially if it has become dull over the years. So let’s go ahead and answer some of your burning questions. 

On Changing the Design

There are a couple of ways to redesign engagement rings, even wedding bands. You can go for subtle changes or go all out to transform it into a modern piece. There are also options for adding some precious gems or birthstones to add some sparkle to your style.

However, if the ring appears to have totally worn down after decades of use, you can opt to make it look like its original form. Or maybe it just needs some resizing for a better fit. 

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The Renowned Jeweler Tiffany & Co.

Should You Feel Guilty For Altering Your Ring?

Some people can’t help but feel guilty about making alterations to their ring, like having to choose between pave and micropave, even if they are much needed ones. They seem like a form of betrayal to that very special person who gave it to them. But it doesn’t have to feel this way.

A new ring can represent a new life, a new beginning for you and your spouse. The kind of love that has weathered many storms over the years. Just think of this renewed ring as a renewal of vows. Better, stronger, and wiser. 

On Revamping After Divorcing

For some people, this can be therapeutic, especially after a painful divorce or breakup—letting go of the past while looking forward to the future. Revamping your ring is allowing yourself to cherish what has been and be excited for what will be. A form of healing, finding peace, and rejuvenation. 

Why Did Meghan Markle Redesign Her Engagement Ring?

No one really got a direct answer from the Duchess of Sussex. But many people believe and even pointed out the distinct changes in her engagement ring. Some say it’s a far cry from the original design of her husband, Prince Harry. 

Visible Changes Were Made

The original design featured a central stone that was sourced all the way from Botswana. As well as two small diamonds from Lady Diana’s collection. The new design clearly shows how the band of the ring has changed. It used to have a yellow band, but now it’s already a micro pave diamond. 

Prince Harry’s Masterpiece

The Duke of Sussex worked closely with the royal court’s jeweler, Cleveland Company to design the ring. In an interview, prior to their wedding, Harry mentioned that he chose yellow gold in particular because he knew it was Meghan’s favorite. He also ensured that the little diamonds from her mother’s collection were included. This was to make sure that she is a big part of their journey together as a married couple. 

Thus, some people believe it’s not just a ring, it’s a piece of history that cannot and should not be altered on a whim. 

Why Did Meghan Markle Redesign Her Ring?

The Hollywood sign
Hollywood: Home of the Rich and Famous

Too Tight For Comfort?

This distinct change was visible during Archie’s debut and again sometime in 2019. Some theorized that this change was necessary because of sizing issues during Meghan’s pregnancy. Perhaps it became a little too tight for comfort. Still, some believe she could have just used her wedding band temporarily until her engagement ring fit her again postpartum. 

How Much Did Sofia Vergara’s Engagement Ring Cost?

Ah, yes! Who doesn’t love our beloved Modern Family star, the one, and only Sofia Vergara? Sofia was once married to her childhood sweetheart, Joe Gonzales. With whom she has one son, Manolo, who is now 30 years old. However, this is Joe Manganiello’s first rodeo.

A Whirlwind Romance

Shortly after her heart was broken from a long-term relationship with businessman fiance’ Nick Loeb, Magic Mic’s Joe Manganiello swept her off her feet. It was a six months whirlwind romance, and on December 25, 2014, Joe proposed to Sofia. The actress was beaming with pride and joy as her fiance’ presented her with a breathtakingly beautiful engagement ring!

Undisclosed Specs

The couple never really disclosed the specifics. But this did not stop the rumor mill from guessing the ring’s cost, and carat weight. Sofia is very generous whenever she’s asked to pose with her massive rock. 

This ring is vintage-inspired. It’s a platinum halo ring with a large cushion-cut diamond at the center and diamonds adorning the band. Jewelers have estimated it to be around 5-7 carats, costing over $500,000. 

More Celebrity Engagement Rings

 

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The Proposal: Every Girl’s Dream

Now let’s take a peek at some of the best celebrity engagement rings that are definitely worth flaunting!

Kate Middleton

The Duchess of Cambridge wins—hands down! Kate Middleton definitely gave justice to Princess Diana’s world-famous 18-carat blue sapphire engagement ring. This jaw-dropping bling also has 14 surrounding diamond stones to boot. 

Amal Alamuddin

George Clooney couldn’t have been luckier for winning the jackpot in the person of Human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin. This 7-carat emerald-cut diamond ring is estimated to be worth $450,000. 

Kim Kardashian

When Kanye West puts a 15-carat diamond ring on your finger, it’s hard to go unnoticed. And Kim Kardashian is more than happy to show it off.

Mariah Carey

If a reportedly $10 million engagement ring doesn’t make you feel loved, we’re not sure what will! That must have been what Mariah Carey’s former billionaire fiance thought when he got down on one knee and proposed with this massive 35-carat diamond ring. 

Beyonce

Jay Z definitely took the hint when Beyonce sang her way into his heart. He definitely put a ring on it! And not just any ring, but an 18-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring. It’s reported to have a jaw-dropping price tag of $5 million. 

Miley Cyrus

Miley and Liam finally got married after about a decade of an on-again-off-again relationship (Even if it eventually came to an end). She’s not into these types of jewelry, but she loved him enough to wear the 18-karat gold band having a 3.5 carat round diamond on her finger. Then again, who wouldn’t?

Blake Lively

Watching Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively together is like witnessing a fairytale unfold in real life. And nothing spells love and romance louder than this 12-carat oval diamond engagement ring Reynolds gave his wife. 

Nicole Richie

American TV personality, actress, author, and fashion designer Nicole Richie must have been on top of the world when she received her dazzling engagement ring from Good Charlotte frontman Joel Madden. It’s a 4-carat brilliant-cut diamond with a halo setting in platinum. The ring cost is estimated to cost around $200,000.

Diamond carat chart
Diamond Carat Chart

Worst Celebrity Engagement Rings

You guessed it right. Now that we know the best engagement rings of the rich and famous, it’s impossible not to be curious about the worst there is. Read on and see if you agree!

Lady Gaga

Some find her ring absolutely stunning, but others think it’s a bit tacky and a little too cheesy for their taste. But Lady Gaga doesn’t seem to care. After all, it was a 6-carat Lorraine Schwartz engagement ring that Christian Carino gifted her. The ring was estimated to be around $400,000.

Angelina Jolie

Spending over a year designing this engagement ring for his now-estranged wife, some people think Brad Pitt may have wasted his time. The center stone is undoubtedly stunning, being an emerald-cut diamond. However, the band appeared too bulky and drew attention away from the center stone. Then again, who could complain about a $500,000 engagement ring?

Keira Knightley

Frankly speaking, anything Keira Knightly wears looks stunning on her, including the engagement ring musician James Righton gave her. There are opposing views about this one. Some say it looks absolutely adorable on her finger. While some think it’s so small you’d wonder if it was a promise ring instead of an engagement ring. The estimated cost is about $40,000.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson was first spotted with her 11-carat engagement ring during a Comic-Con in San Diego. This was a few months after her engagement with comedian Colin Jost. It’s estimated to be worth around $450,000. However, this did not stop some people from noticing that it looked more like a traffic light than an engagement ring. 

Amy Adams

Some people believe Amy’s ring, which Darren Le Gallo gave to her would have been flawless if there wasn’t a halo band surrounding it. However, others disagree as the round brilliant-cut diamond sitting at the center is absolutely fitted to the halo. This goes right on top of the gem’s girdle. 

Olivia Wilde

Jason Sudeikis definitely planned for the engagement ring he was going to slip on Olivia Wilde’s finger. It’s not the typical Hollywood iceberg some fans may have expected. Rather, the round diamond is just right, surrounded by an emerald halo, which is set in yellow gold and has a super thin band. Others disagree, however, and say that the ring would have looked much better without the lime green halo surrounding it. 

Anna Paquin

You would feel the chemistry between Anna Paquin and Stephen Moyer right off the bat. These True Blood stars really had it going both in reel and real life. However, some fans found it a bit odd that he didn’t give Anna a typical diamond, but a moonstone instead. 

Mary Kate Olsen

You know what they say, that simplicity is beauty? Well, Mary Kate’s engagement ring from former husband Sebastian Bear-McClard is anything but simple. The couple supposedly designed the ring together with their jewelry designer and friend Alison Chemla. 

But some people noticed that too many things we’re going on that it’s almost impossible to focus on the beauty of the ring. There’s sapphire halo, then diamonds, plus a vintage Cartier band. Not to mention that the twisted rope band seem to make it even more complicated. 

Engagement Ring Shopping Tips

After knowing all these things about these celebrity rings, you’re probably wondering. How on earth will you know if a ring will suit you? There are several things to bear in mind. 

  • Decide on the shape
  • What will be the metal for your band?
  • Decide on your preferred carat size
  • Have the correct measurements
  • See if it will match your wedding ring
  • Purchase certified stones only from accredited laboratories
  • Does the certificate match the diamond?
  • Research on the quality of cut and clarity of the diamond
  • Do not be afraid to negotiate prices
  • Choose nontraditional retailers or wholesalers so there won’t be unnecessary markups

Remember, be an educated buyer so you can make informed decisions. In the end, however, it’s really the thought that counts, and the genuine love you have for yourself and your partner. Cheers!

Now, if you found these celebrity engagement rings, fascinating, you’ll most definitely adore the pieces of the most famous of them all. Read our article, “Elizabeth Taylor’s Engagement Rings: A Look At One Woman’s Jewelry Box.”

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