See how celebrities impact the jewelry market and how the public clamors for details on the engagement ring when the good news of upcoming wedding bells is announced.
Take for example Jennifer Lopez when she was seen with a 6.1 carat radiant-cut fancy pink diamond from Ben Affleck. The ring was huge but the firestorm surrounding the announcement was even larger til the two ended their relationship and and their September 2003 wedding. The ring however survived the controversial split and even yielded a global interest in the pink diamond.
Grace Kelly accepted not one but two engagement rings from Prince Rainier III of Monaco. First was a Cartier eternity band of rubies and diamonds and the second was a 12 carat emerald-cut diamond flanked by two baguettes which took centerstage in Kelly's 1956 film "High Society."
When Elizabeth Taylor got engaged to film producer Michael Todd in 1956, she proudly wore a 29.4 carat emerald-cut she playfully dubbed as "my ice skating rink."
Future President John F. Kennedy proposed to his sweetheart Jackie Kennedy a Van Cleef & Arpels engagement ring which has been eventually redesigned when they moved into the White House replacing the baguettes with marquise and round diamond stones.
Today's celebrities haven't made many changes with regards to the size, prominence or beauty of their engagement rings. Victoria Adams or Posh wears a 3-plus carat marquis-shaped diamond on a slender gold band while Jennifer Aniston's ring resonates with architectural elegance, featuring multi-level stones scattered throughout the ring. Madonna's ring from husband Guy Ritchie was a platinum Edwardian ring with three large diamonds.
Seeing celebrity engagement rings shows how much fame can acquire. And since most doesn't have royal deep pockets, they simply choose a celebrity inspired ring at a reasonable cost, thus people rushes to get replicas. A jeweler can custom make an engagement ring utilizing the styling cues and design, resembling the celebrity's ring. It's a cheaper way to offer brides-to-be a taste of the style and elegance of the rich and famous.