Celebrity Engagement Ring Roundup – Fall 2011

From a wide-eyed young actress who has played a bride in no fewer than three feature films, to a reality TV star starlet turned charitable activist, to a former Disney star and her rocker boyfriend, Fall 2011 has brought with it a slew of celebrity engagements—and with them, a crop of new celebrity engagement rings to ogle and analyze. Although each of these brides chose rings that reflect their unique personalities and styles, with no two rings exactly alike, a few celebrity diamond ring trends emerged.
1. From Bride Wars to Princess Diaries, Anne Hathaway, 29, always seems to play a bride in her films. Now that she is engaged to her actor/jewelry designer boyfriend Adam Shulman, 30, she’ll get to play one in real life at a fairytale celebrity wedding of her own. The couple, who has been dating since 2008, shortly after Hathaway’s previous beau was arrested on charges of fraud and corruption, announced their engagement earlier this month and were soon spotted frolicking in a Brooklyn park with their pet dog. The paparazzi photos snapped gave Hathaway’s fans their first glimpse of her engagement ring—a 6 carat round brilliant diamond set in a simple platinum setting. The ring, which was designed by Shulman along with the jewelry company Kwiat, is valued at $150,000. Like the Dark Knight Rises star’s usual red carpet style, this celebrity engagement ring is simple, classic, timeless and beautiful—and surely destined to become one of the more iconic famous engagement rings.
2. From the iconic Versace safety pin dress to her own beachwear line, Elizabeth Hurley, 45, has worn many attention-getting things in her life. But her most recent fashion statement has to be the luxurious engagement ring the Estee Lauder model was recently seen sporting. Hurley announced her engagement to Australian cricket player Shane Warne, 42, with a huge ring set with a cushion-cut sapphire and two trilliant side diamonds. The eye-catching ring also featured a platinum band and v-prong stone setting. According to the British press, Warne popped the question after a romantic dinner in a Scotland hotel; the couple has been dating for close to a year. Take a look at the photos and decide for yourself: which famous celebrity engagement rings does it remind you of?
3. Academy-Award winning actor Stanley Tucci, of The Lovely Bones and The Devil Wears Prada fame, recently announced his engagement to British literary agent Felicity Blunt. Tucci, 50, whose first wife passed away in 2009, was introduced to Blunt by her sister, Emily Blunt, who starred in The Devil Wears Prada with him. The happy couple showed off their engagement ring at a recent NYC party—the round diamond set in a channel-set band is simple and elegant. Although it is unlikely to become one of the most famous engagement rings of all time, it is a gorgeous, classic ring that exemplifies modern style.
4. Since her star-making turns on reality shows like The Real Orange County and The Hills, Kristin Cavallari, 24, has turned her attention to more charitable causes, like the “Until There’s A Cure” AIDS awareness campaign and a volunteer trip to El Salvador. She has also been involved in an on-again-off-again relationship with Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, 28. Most recently, their relationship took a serious turn with Cavallari’s announcement that the couple has renewed the engagement that they broke off last July. Along with her newly re-engaged status, Cavallari was also seen wearing her engagement ring, a 5.2 carat princess-cut diamond with a graduated channel setting. Let’s see—becoming a prop in a dramatic tempestuous love story between a reality TV starlet and a pro athlete? Sounds like Hollywood engagement rings are doing their job.
5. Not every actress who has gotten engaged recently has chosen a standard solitaire diamond setting. Kaley Cuoco, star of the hit CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, recently announced her engagement to addictions counselor Josh Resnik when she appeared in public with one of the most unique engagement rings Hollywood has seen in years. The vintage-style cushion-cut diamond is set in a pavé halo setting made of blackened gold and was designed by Anna Sheffield.
6. Brenda Strong, 23, has gone from being a Disney star to a small but racy role in 2010’s The Social Network. Now she has announced her engagement to a guy with as contradictory a history as she has—Trace Cyrus, a tattooed hard rocker who happens to be the brother of teen queen Miley Cyrus. Strong was spotted leaving an LA spa wearing one of the most popular celebrity engagement rings—a cushion-cut diamond set in a pavé halo on a split shank pavé band.

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