Love is love, and not even a worldwide health pandemic can stop it! We’ve seen plenty of weddings and engagements push through in 2020, and they’ve only seemed to pick up speed in 2021. Celebrities have been announcing their engagements via social media as early as March of this year, and most – if not all – have shown off their ring as well just to sweeten the deal.
What we love about seeing all these engagement rings is realising just how different each one is. Sure, they’re all diamonds. But the cut, the band, the style, the design, and the minute elements are all drastically different. They all come together to create a truly distinct, one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery that – from what we’ve seen – are total stunners.
For this piece, we look at ten of the best, brightest, and most beautiful celebrity engagement rings we’ve seen from this year.
Right off the bat, we can tell you that there’s an overwhelming amount of emerald-cut stones and a few speckles of brilliant round cuts in the mix. Is this the herald of a new trend, or do most of the women who got engaged this year just prefer classic, simply elegant styles? Either way, take a look at this gorgeous spread.
1. Britney Spears
Ever since the #FreeBritney movement launched in 2009, the singer/pop star sensation has garnered plenty of love, affection, and attention on social media. Fans (and some curious bystanders) have kept a close eye on her socials in order to stay up-to-date with the case. So, of course, when she shared news of her engagement on September 12, 2021, word spread like wildfire.
Long-time boyfriend Sam Ashgari popped the question and gifted her a stunning custom piece from Forever Diamonds NY: four-carat, round-cut diamond with a platinum cathedral setting. The sparkly stone sits on a delicate silver band with the word “Lioness” (Ashgari’s nickname for Spear) engraved on the inside.
2. Tallulah Willis
American actress and visual artist Tallulah Willis was seen with some gorgeous new bling on her ring finger back in May 2021. The item in question is a beautiful yellow-gold emerald-cut stone diamond from Karina Noel. Willis’s fiancé, film director Dillon Buss, apparently had it custom-made! Asscher-cut stones are known for looking remarkably elegant, and we couldn’t agree more.
3. Maria Sharapova
Tennis legend Maria Sharapova got engaged to Alexander Gilkes in 2020. However, we only got clear pics of the engagement ring this year and, let me tell you, it is quite the ring! According to experts, Sharapova’s blindingly beautiful, seven-carat emerald-cut diamond in yellow-gold bezel-setting fits her career perfectly. Emerald cuts are perfectly practical and subtle. Bezel-set engagement rings are clean, minimalist, and incredibly secure. You won’t have to worry about prongs coming loose or getting stuck on clothing—a wise choice for athletes!
4. Taylor Hill
Former Victoria’s Secret model Taylor Hill is ready to settle down with boyfriend-turned-fiance, Daniel Fryer! The businessman supposedly popped the question with a sparkly diamond solitaire flanked by smaller baguettes on both sides. We’ve seen the pictures, and phew—it is massive. It’s a simply elegant cut that’s quite unique, which we think is a perfect complement to the unconventional size. The happy couple showed off the ring with smiles so bright, they could give the diamond a run for its money!
5. Nicola Peltz & Brooklyn Beckham
If you follow Nicola Peltz on Instagram, then you might have already seen the 26-year-old’s stunning diamond sparkler—courtesy of 21-year-old boyfriend (now fiancé) Brooklyn Beckham. The ring is apparently a 5-carat emerald-cut diamond – a style that definitely seems to be rising in popularity now – set so elegantly on a thin, dainty band. It looks so effortlessly chic and timeless; we can’t help but swoon. Jewellery experts price the ring upwards of £350,000. For a stone of that size, cut, and quality? We’d say that’s pretty accurate.
6. Kat Dennings
Two Broke Girls and Thor actress Kat Dennings officially announced her engagement to singer Andrew W.K. on May 13, 2021. The announcement came in the form of a simple picture of the two holding hands and, wow! The ring is to die for. A beautiful diamond ring with side stones set in a white-gold (or possibly) platinum casing. Dennings proudly shows off the ring in another picture, and it looks so dainty and sophisticated on the actress’s slender fingers.
7. Kelly Gale
Another Victoria’s Secret model is ready to say “I do!” 25-year-old Kelly Gale is getting hitched with 41-year-old actor Joel Kinnaman, and she’s got the ring to prove it! A beautiful 3-carat brilliant-cut diamond seated on a band that appears to have pavé diamonds on it, too—no wonder Gale’s happy to show it off. While doing a Q&A session with her Instagram followers, the model subtly held up a cup of tea with her fingers positioned just so for everyone to take a good, long look at the sparkle. Jewellery experts price it at a cool $100,000, too.
8. Courtney Stodden
On May 30, 2021, model Courtney Stodden announced her engagement to Chris Sheng on Instagram, showing off her blindingly brilliant band as she did so. The 5- or 6-carat cushion-cut diamond is an absolute sparkler—especially when the light hits it just right. The caption describes the ring as “so beautiful,” it made Stodden “gag.” Can’t blame her, of course. The stone is beautiful! Plus, it’s estimated to cost anywhere between $125,000 and $200,000.
9. Raquel Leviss
Raquel Leviss took to Instagram to show off some stunning snaps of her brand-new sparkler last May 16. Her fiancé and Vanderpump Rules co-star, James Kennedy, apparently popped the question at the Empire Polo Fields of RACHELLA. The couple did a Coachella-themed celebration for the happy event, and Leviss was happy to post photos of her brilliant-cut diamond in a classic, six-prong solitaire setting. The ring is supposedly priced between $50,000 and $90,000.
10. Bella Thorne
March 20 had Infamous actress Bella Thorne confirming her engagement with Benjamin Mascolo—long-time boyfriend turned fiancé! Thorne’s ring is an elegant number too; a stunning pear-cut stone framed with a halo of diamonds, set on a white-gold band that appears to be accented with diamonds as well. Talk about sparkle! This gorgeous piece of jewellery probably retails above $65,000, some experts postulate.