Best Celebrity Engagement Rings of 2013

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December 30

There were quite a few high profile celebrity engagements that occurred in 2013. I guarantee that your fiancé is drooling over these celebrity engagement rings as she flips through her favorite magazine while getting a mani-pedi or standing in line at the grocery store.

This just might be where her pie in the sky ideas for an engagement ring comes from! Let’s check out the most celebrated celebrity engagement rings of 2013. And see which online diamond dealers are offering similar styles that you can drop down on one knee and present her with.

Kim Kardashian’s 15 Carat Engagement Ring:

Without a doubt, one of the most noteworthy celebrity engagement rings of 2013 is the one presented by Kanye West to Kim Kardashian. The ring features a center stone weighing a whopping 15 carats! The diamond is D-color, and Flawless in clarity, and set in a  simple solitaire that is covered with pavé set diamonds. The selfie pictured above that Kardashian posted to Instagram on December 13th, created a lot of chatter. Perhaps because it seems to be an attempt to draw a correlation between herself and the late Elizabeth Taylor. Taylor’s engagement ring appears to the right side of the photograph.

Split four prong pave solitaire engagement ring from Brian Gavin DiamondsWhile the composition of the photograph might be similar, Elizabeth Taylor’s engagement ring is about fifteen carats larger. And Taylor’s diamond is surrounded by larger diamonds as accent stones. The style of the ring is extremely similar to this split four prong pave setting created by Brian Gavin. That ring is pictured here with a cushion-cut diamond center stone.

This ring is designed to make a diamond such as this 1.533 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond look like it floating in air. I’m sure that wearing this ring would make virtually any woman feel like a star! Of course, Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamonds are available in a variety of carat weight and qualities to fit practically any budget. This ring could be custom made to fit a variety of diamond shapes, including round, oval and princess cut. It’s a timeless classic.

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Naya Rivera’s Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring:

Naya Rivera Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring from Big Sean 2013Cushion cut diamond engagement rings seem to be quite popular this year. Just look at the number of cushion cut diamonds that adorn the engagement rings of celebrities such as Naya Rivera. Her stunning engagement ring features a cushion-cut diamond estimated to weigh between 5 – 6 carats. Clearly her fiance has good taste! By the way, he happens to be hip-hop recording artist Big Sean.

This photograph which Naya posted on Instagram, shows a cushion cut diamond set in a pavé style halo setting. The ring is quite similar to Kirsty’s Halo setting from Brian Gavin. This halo setting from James Allen offers a similar look. All three of these jewelers offer great custom design services as well, so they can make exactly what you’re looking for!

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Lauren Conrad’s Tiffany Solitaire Engagement Ring:

Lauren Conrad's diamond solitaire engagement ring from William Tell 2013As you can see by photographs posted by Lauren Conrad on Instagram, her engagement ring is a traditional solitaire. This ring style is commonly referred to as the classic four-prong Tiffany solitaire. Her fiancé William Tell chose a modern round brilliant cut diamond for the center stone. While specific details about the center stone have not been revealed, it’s estimated to weigh 2.50 – 3.00 carats.

This timeless classic is an engagement ring that you can duplicate easily regardless of your budget! But let’s get as close as possible just for fun! Just set this 2.644 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature round diamond in this four prong solitaire. If you really want to spice things up, select this classic six prong solitaire which features a more unique prong structure.

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Ciara’s  15 carat t.w. Emerald Cut Engagement Ring:

Ciara's 3 Stone Emerald Cut Diamond Ring from Future 2013Apparently, 2013 is the Year of the 15 Carat Diamond Club! This diamond engagement ring which Future presented to Ciara in late October is reportedly 15 carats total weight. The photo posted by Ciara on Instagram shows a modern twist on the classic 3 stone emerald ring design. The emerald cut center stone reportedly weighs eight carats. It is flanked by two emerald cut diamonds weighing 2.50 carats each. There are smaller emerald cut diamonds that are prong set down the sides of the ring.

This three-stone emerald ring from James Allen with pavé set diamonds in the band is pretty similar in concept. The ring can be made to accommodate virtually any size center stone. You’ll want to work closely with me to find 3 emerald cut diamonds that match-up really well. I’m sure you’re beginning to see that celebrity engagement rings are not hard to duplicate.

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Gabrielle Union’s Million Dollar Engagement Ring:

Gabriel Union Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring from Dwayne Wade 2013This photograph posted by Gabrielle Union on her Instagram account shows the million-dollar engagement ring presented to her by Dwayne Wade. Can you imagine dropping one million dollars on an engagement ring? Nope? Me neither, but thankfully this design is easy to duplicate with practically any budget.

Start by selecting a Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond and then set it in the U-prong solitaire in 18k white gold or platinum. For instance, you could set this 1.170 carat, I-color, VS-2 clarity, Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond in an 18k white gold U-prong solitaire. The total cost of the engagement ring will be less than nine thousand dollars. Now that’s a winning play that you can make!

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Whitney Port’s Oval Brilliant Pavé Set Engagement Ring:

Whitney Port's three carat oval brilliant pave set engagement ring, Tim Rosenman 2013This photograph posted by Whitney Port on Instagram shows her with her fiancé Tim Rosenman on the eve of their engagement. The happy couple looks amazing, and so does her three-carat oval brilliant-cut diamond! The ring appears to have three rows of pavé set diamonds across the upper sections of the ring shank. The diamond appears to be held in place by four prongs, this is a pretty simple ring style to duplicate.

Whitney’s engagement ring looks very similar to the Kristina setting from Brian Gavin. Brian Gavin shows it with a round brilliant center stone, but it could easily be made for an oval brilliant. If you wanted to spice things up a bit, you could opt for the Kim micropave setting from Brian Gavin. That ring style features even more diamonds on the side!

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By the way, if you’re wondering about how much a three carat diamond costs, I found this 3.01 carat, H-color, SI-1 clarity, oval brilliant cut diamond on James Allen for $31,810.00 but it’s likely that Whitney’s diamond is higher in color and clarity, perhaps something more like this 3.03 carat, F-color, VS-1 clarity, oval brilliant cut diamond from James Allen which is currently selling for $78,210.00

Three row pave set diamond engagement ring with oval brilliant cut diamondThere is also this ring from Blue Nile which features three rows of pavé set diamonds, you could set this 1.02 carat, G-color, VS-2 clarity, oval brilliant cut diamond from Blue Nile and have a totally affordable replica of Whitney Port’s diamond engagement ring.

Of course, the ring is available to accommodate oval brilliant-cut diamonds of just about any carat weight. Thus you can replicate the concept of Whitney Port’s engagement ring in a variety of diamond carat weights, qualities, and price ranges. The reality is that most celebrity engagement rings are simply larger more expensive versions of popular ring styles. I don’t really see anything being worn by celebrities that is any different from what most other people are wearing… the only real difference is the amount of money that they’re spending.

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Kelly Rowland’s 4 ct. Cushion Cut Engagement Ring:

Pave diamond halo setting from Brian Gavin DiamondsI was not able to find a clear picture of Kelly Rowland’s cushion cut engagement ring in the public domain. However, from what I’ve been able to derive from various reports, the center stone is a four-carat cushion cut diamond. It is set in a halo setting that is similar in concept to this halo style engagement ring from Brian Gavin.

This photograph shows the ring set with a round brilliant-cut center stone, but it could be made to accommodate a cushion cut diamond. As far as cushion cut diamonds go, I’m partial to the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamonds because they have an overall cut grade of AGS Ideal-0 and exhibit spectacular light return and sparkle factor that is off the charts. The challenge is that Brian produces very few of these special cushion cut diamonds. It’s best if you have a little time on your side for us to find the right diamond.

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Evelyn Lozada’s 1.4M Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring:

Evelyn Lozada emerald cut diamond engagement ringEvelyn Lozada posted this picture of her 14.5 carats, emerald cut diamond engagement ring on Instagram. The diamond ring reportedly cost 1.4 million dollars. That’s 1.4 million dollars!

Obviously halo settings with pavé set diamonds are extremely popular right now. Just consider the number of halo set diamonds we’ve seen celebrities present as engagement rings this year. This one is pretty similar to the Park Avenue Halo setting from High Performance Diamonds.

However, it appears that the diamonds set into the band might be staggered. That is not something that appeals to my sense of balance, I’d prefer the band to be symmetrical. But that’s just my personal preference, and I’m not the one wearing this ring. For 1.4 million dollars, you can set the diamonds in the band any way that you want.

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Perrie Edwards 3 Stone Pave Set Diamond Engagement Ring:

Cassidy 3-stone SettingI also can’t find a picture of Perrie Edward’s three-stone engagement ring within the public domain. But from what I’ve seen on the websites of various tabloids, it appears to be a three-stone ring featuring three round brilliant cut diamonds on the top of the ring with pavé set diamonds in the band.

I think it looks a lot like the Cassidy 3 Stone pave setting from Brian Gavin Diamonds. This ring is built to accommodate center stones weighing between 0.50 – 2.00 carats. The accent diamonds set in the band weigh about 0.12 carats each. Of course, the ring could be custom-made to accommodate diamonds of virtually any size and shape. That is one of the benefits of working with Brian Gavin, their custom design division can make just about anything you desire. You also get to name any custom design that you commission, thus you can name the ring after your fiancé.

Ashley Tisdale’s Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring:

Split halo diamond engagement ring from Brian Gavin DiamondsThe split halo setting by Brian Gavin seems to be the most similar design I can find to the ring presented to Ashley Tisdale by Christopher French. However, it should be noted that it appears that the ring being worn by Ashely Tisdale features partial rows of pavé set diamonds on each side of the ring. The second rows of diamonds do not appear to extend all the way around the diamond. They appear to be located only along the long edges of the diamond and do not extend into the corners.

I’m sure that this is something that the custom jewelry design division of Brian Gavin or another custom jeweler could pull off. However, it is minor differences such as these that distinguish an engagement ring. Celebrity engagement rings should be seen as ideas for inspiration, there is no reason to copy them down to the last detail.

Hayden Panettiere’s Six Carat Emerald Engagement Ring:

Split shank truth solitaire from Brian Gavin DiamondsHayden Panettiere’s diamond engagement ring appears to feature an emerald cut diamond. It is set in a split shank pavé diamond ring that looks very similar to the Split Shank Truth Engagement Ring from Brian Gavin. The ring is pictured to the left with a round brilliant cut center stone. Obviously, it can be set with a diamond that is rectangular in shape.

According to various reports, the emerald cut diamond center stone weighs six carats and costs a whopping half million dollars. I found this 5.18 carat, F-color, Internally Flawless emerald cut diamond from Brian Gavin for just a little more than $350K and the Truth setting can be customized to fit. In the event that you’re working with a more modest budget, we can run a fresh search for additional options. Oh man, I almost managed to write that last sentence with a straight face!

Kaley Cuoco’s 2.5 carat engagement ring:

Kaley Cuoco diamond engagement ring 2013 via twitterKaley Cuoco posted this picture of her 2.5 carat engagement ring on her Twitter account. It is reportedly a square brilliant-cut diamond, which is a term commonly used to describe a princess cut diamond. However, the diamond looks more like a cushion cut diamond in the picture. The ring shank appears to be covered with pavé set diamonds. I think it’s kind of cool how Kaley wears her ring with all those fashion bracelets. She really seems to pull it off too!

I think that it looks pretty similar to the Rush diamond engagement ring from High Performance Diamonds. You could also go with the Tara from Brian Gavin. That ring features 3 rows of pavé set diamonds on the band. Set a Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond in it for spectacular sparkle and light performance!

Engagement Rings Trends for 2014:

It is pretty clear that cushion, emerald and square brilliant-cut diamonds were all the rage in 2013. But what shape diamonds will be most popular in 2014? Only time will tell, but it seems to me that the Brian Gavin Signature Cushion cut diamond will be very popular this year!

The round brilliant cut diamond has always been the most popular choice for diamond engagement rings. One reason is that the symmetrical shape of the diamond rough enables the cutters to optimize the proportions of the diamond. This enables them to maximize the light return and align the facets for maximum sparkle.

In terms of round brilliant ideal cut diamonds, I’m partial to:

Be sure to read our One Minute Diamond Buying Guide for full details regarding my preferred selection criteria and feel free to contact me if you’d like help with your diamond quest.

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About the Author

Dive deep into the glittering world of diamonds with Todd Gray, the CEO of Gray Matter Development, LLC. Todd has 35+ years of experience as a diamond buyer and trade consultant. He ghostwrites content for several online vendors and is an avid Freediver, currently exploring the Cenotes of Yucatan, Mexico. Dive into brilliance with Todd Gray!