Queen Elizabeth II
Let's start with our favourite ring and our favourite royal. Her Majesty The Queen recently celebrated an historic landmark, becoming the longest reigning British monarch. We're sure you'll agree she's done it with impeccable dignity and grace. Rarely seen due to her iconic trademark gloves, but always worn, is her simple, elegant and utterly gorgeous 3 carat diamond ring. Fashioned from diamonds that were taken from the tiara of Prince Philips mother, the centre stone is flanked by smaller diamonds in each shoulder. Rumour has it that Her Majesty uses the ring to signify her annoyance to her ladies in waiting. When she gives the ring a subtle twist around her finger, one is not amused!
GET THE LOOK...with this Art Deco diamond solitaire ring
Wife of JFK and an icon on her own, Jacqueline Kennedy was famed for her love of pearls. (Faux and genuine) 'Pearls are always appropriate' she is quoted to have exclaimed. Her emerald and diamond two stone engagement ring emulates the style and sentiment of the ring Napoleon gave Josephine - the 'Toi et Moi' as it has become known. Fitting that the ring was created by famed French Jewellers Van Cleef & Arpels.
GET THE LOOK...from another high jewellery house, with this modern take on the toi-et-moi by Bvlgari
When Eric Johnson proposed to Jessica in 2010, he decided to go down a different route to the typical diamond solitaire and chose a three stone ring featuring a centre ruby, Jessica's birthstone. Before Tiffany & Co. and DeBeers pushed the diamond solitaire ring as an engagement ring, it was common in the UK to wear a three stone ring as an engagement ring - past, present and future - something that is enjoying a bit of a revival.
GET THE LOOK...and add some antique charm with this early 20th century ring
Diana, Princess of Wales / HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Probably the most famous of the royal engagement rings. First given to Lady Diana Spencer by Prince Charles then later presented to Kate Middleton by Prince Willliam. This ring needs no synopsis - we all know it. A ring of well documented provenance.
GET THE LOOK...with this large and impressive vintage sapphire cluster ring
No list of iconic engagement rings would be complete without featuring at least one of Elizabeth Taylor's many rings. The most famous of all being the Elizabeth Taylor Diamond (previously known as the Krupp Asscher Cut) a massive 33.19 behemoth of a diamond solitaire ring. If jewellery gifts were a measure of love, then Richard Burton's love for Liz was immeasurable!
GET THE LOOK...with this slightly more sensibly sized Asscher-cut diamond solitaire ring
Of course, we have matched the famous rings to items in our inventory for those lucky enough to have a larger budget. The rich and famous have always had a taste for large, ostentatious (dare we say - vulgar) engagement rings. For those of us on a more modest budget, the same looks can be acheived by scaling back on size and carat weight. Opt for something similar, but something that bit more wearable on a day-to-day basis. We're very proud to have something for every budget and every taste at Trafalgar.