Famous people like to show off as much as possible, probably because they have a pressing need to make sure that you know they are rich. So it’s no surprise that when celebrities get engaged, they splurge on the biggest and baddest rings they can find. Here’s 20 examples of jewelry that costs more than most houses in the United States.
1. Lady Gaga
The pop diva is all about making big, loud statements and keeping fans guessing about her sexuality. But having agreed to marry Taylor Kinney, Gaga flashed this heart-shaped beauty that literally dazzles the eye. The proposal apparently happened on Valentine’s Day 2015, which is quite appropriate.
2. Amal Alamuddin
Those of you out there who can’t figure out how confirmed bachelor-for-life George Clooney married Alamuddin in what seems like a very short period of time, are not alone. Rumors swirl that Clooney had to get hitched to the right kind of woman for his impending political career. Whatever the reason, Alamuddin’s square-cut diamond is 7-carats, and was presented in April 2014 when Clooney popped the question.
3. Mary Kate Olsen
Wow, check out the size of that massive round engagement ring on Olsen’s finger. It was given to her in February 2015 by her steady boyfriend Olivier Sarkozy, a rich French banker who also happens to be half-brother of the ex-President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy.
4. Kim Kardashian
It’s no joke to say that Kardashian could have appeared on this list for her other two engagements, but this Kanye West bauble is probably the most expensive of the three rings that Kim K has accepted. The 15-carat whopper was placed on Kim’s finger in October 2013, and as of this printing, she and West are still married.
The Jay-Z protege used to be one of the hottest pop singers in the business, but she seems to have disappeared for a few years. Back in October 2013, her then-boyfriend rapper, Future, gave her this 15-carat monster as a placeholder for a wedding ring. Alas, the two have since split, and Ciara has been spotted with Seattle Seahawks signal-caller, Russell Wilson. No word on if Future asked for the ring back.
6. Mila Kunis
The Russian beauty was friends with husband Ashton Kutcher for many years before they turned their friendship into something more romantic. The pair were both stars of “That 70s Show,” and are now proud parents. In 2014, Kutcher graced Kunis’ digits with this huge diamond ring that appears to have platinum and gold woven into its design. No word on whether Kutcher said, “You just got punk’d,” after Kunis accepted his proposal.
7. Amber Heard
No one understands the coupling of Heard and her husband Johnny Depp. It seemed to happen lightning-quick after Depp’s breakup with long-time companion Vanessa Paradis, prompting speculation that Depp’s image required a pairing with a beautiful actress. And judging from the gigantic round engagement ring that Heard is sporting here, everyone is getting what they want.
8. Allison Williams
You may not be aware that Williams’ father is disgraced NBC news anchor Brian Williams, but now you are, and it has nothing to do with her beautiful ring that is elegant and understated, but still stunning. Williams is engaged to Ricky Van Veen, founder of popular website, CollegeHumor.
9. Leighton Meester
Meester’s backstory is one of the most interesting in Hollywood, as she was actually born in a prison where her mother was serving time for smuggling drugs. Meester, however, made good, and received this dual-style engagement ring from her now-husband Adam Brody whom she married in February 2014 in a hush-hush ceremony.
10. Naya Rivera
Rivera accepted this square piece of platinum goodness from fiance, rapper Big Sean in October 2013. The ring crown and band are all encrusted with diamonds, and the effect is of a small star that Rivera happened to pluck from the sky and slip onto her finger. Unfortunately, Rivera and Big Sean are no longer together, as the rapper found the charms of Ariana Grande more to his liking.
11. Megan Fox
Fox is married to actor Brian Austin Green, who continues to perfect his Justin Timberlake imitation. Green gave Fox this gargantuan 3-carat engagement ring with the blue diamond halo in October 2010. The couple are raising two children of their own, and a son from Green’s previous relationship.
12. Scarlett Johansson
Johansson is one of Hollywood’s most beautiful women, and this stylish engagement ring was given to her by fiance, Romain Dauriac in 2013. Johansson was previously married to Ryan Reynolds, who is now married to Blake Lively, another beautiful actress. Everything has to look good in Tinseltown, and this ring definitely fits the bill.
13. Nicole Richie
Richie is the adopted daughter of pop legend Lionel Richie, and has parlayed her last name into a thriving fashion career. In 2010, Richie accepted a marriage proposal from Joel Madden, and sported this awesome ring that has a strange octagon-shaped base with a round centerpiece and what seems like dozens of encrusted colored diamonds.
14. Miley Cyrus
With her penchant for outrageous behavior, and her recent admission that she is as attracted to girls as she is to boys, you probably know the ending to Cyrus’ engagement to one-time fiance, Liam Hemsworth, who gave her this 3.5-carat jaw-dropper in June 2012. Needless to say, Cyrus and Hemsworth are no longer an item, and inquiring minds want to know the reason.
15. Avril Lavigne
The rock star received this 14-carat, heart-shaped ring in August 2012 from her fiance, Chad Kroeger. The ring takes up half the available surface area on Lavigne’s ring finger, so anytime Lavigne flashes her signature ‘rock on’ gesture, eyes are blinded by the amount of bling that catches the light.
16. Amy Adams
The Oscar-nominated actress said ‘yes’ in July 2008 when her then-boyfriend, Darren Le Gallo slipped this one-carat round-cut diamond onto her finger. The ring isn’t huge, but it is tasteful and elegant, which matches Adams’ persona. Adams and Le Gallo were married in May 2015 after a seven-year engagement and 14 years together.
17. Kate Hudson
Goldie Hawn’s daughter is all grown up and blazing her own trail in Hollywood, and she probably stopped a few people in their tracks when she flashed this emerald-cut engagement ring given to her by Matthew Bellamy, lead singer of the band Muse. Alas, it wasn’t meant to be as the couple broke up in December 2014, but remain close friends.
18. Gabrielle Union
The current Mrs. Dwyane Wade was happy to accept the Miami Heat player’s square-cut diamond ring in December 2013. Say what you will about Wade’s rumored philandering, but the man knows how to pick out a rock. Union and Wade were married in August 2014, and the guest list included Wade’s best friend, LeBron James.
19. Robin Wright
Wright has had an on-again, off-again relationship with actor Ben Foster for more than three years, and this gold engagement ring was first seen in January 2014 at a gala for Diane von Furstenberg. Wright and Foster called it quits in 2014, but reunited within a few weeks, and are once again an item. Reps for the actors have not announced whether the couple is still planning on tying the knot.
20. Reese Witherspoon
Witherspoon got engaged to CAA agent Jim Toth in December 2010, and the couple are now married with children. Any woman would find it difficult to say no to this four-carat square-cut diamond ring that looks as if it could absorb the sun.