Why so much bling in celebrity diamond engagement rings? That would be like asking why there is so much blue in the sky or green in the grass. Bling and celebrities go hand and hand. From the posh cars they drive, the eloquent gowns they wear, the luxurious homes they own, and the diamond jewelry they gift to each other; where you find one you will most certainly find the other.
Diamonds have been a trademark of Hollywood since the early days, but the diamond bling craze didn’t truly take hold until the famous Taylor-Burton duo hit the red carpet. The diamonds Richard Burton toted on the famous actress, Elizabeth Taylor, were, and remain, some of the most memorable diamonds to ever walk along the red carpet of Hollywood. It all started with the Krupp Diamond.
The Krupp Diamond is a magnificent 33.19-carat Asscher-cut diamond. Burton, a famous actor himself, had the diamond mounted to a band and gifted it to Taylor in 1968. That, however, was only the beginning of the long list of diamonds Burton would eventually gift to Taylor.
In 1972 Burton gave her a heart-shaped diamond fondly nicknamed, “Taj-Mahal”. Worn with rubies and diamonds, this large, flat diamond was mounted in a yellow-gold rope necklace that graced Taylor’s neck where ever she went. Still, the most well-known diamond Burton ever gave Taylor was dubbed “The Taylor-Burton” diamond.
The Taylor-Burton diamond was crafted from a rough stone that originally weighed 240.80-carats! The stone was found in the Premier Mine, in South Africa in 1966 by Harry Winston, the famed jeweler who donated the most well-known diamond, “The Hope Diamond” to the Smithsonian institute in 1958.
The Taylor- Burton diamond is a 69.42-carat, pear-shaped diamond rated a rare D-color Flawless Stone; remarkable by any standards. The story of how Burton eventually acquired the diamond is long, and has many twists and turns, but in the end, Burton ultimately bought the diamond, and gave it to Taylor.
Taylor’s diamonds were the beginning of the diamond craze in Hollywood. Today, more celebrities than ever before choose diamond engagement rings and diamond jewelry over other types of precious stones.
Some of the most well-known, recent Hollywood diamond engagement rings include the 4.5 carat cushion-cut diamond ring valued at $500,000 dollars that Ben Affleck gave the beautiful Jennifer Garner, Khloe Kardashian’s 12.5-carat, radiant-cut diamond ring valued at $850,000 dollars, and Catherine Zeta-Jones’s 10-carat marquise-cut diamond engagement ring valued at $2 million dollars.
The diamond ring that currently takes the cake in today’s world of celebrities would have to be the one found on music artist, Beyonce’s, finger. This 18-carat, emerald-cut, flawless Lorraine Schwartz diamond is set in platinum, and is valued at a remarkable $5 million dollars. Sure it’s a wedding ring, but when you have a diamond of that stature, on the hand of someone as beautiful, and talented as Beyonce, it should make any list of celebrity diamonds.