“If you liked it, then you should have put a ring on it,” crooned Beyonce in her 2008 anthem for love and fierce femininity. She and Jay Z opted for one made of platinum to seal their vow of togetherness, as have done countless celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Miranda Kerr, Ariana Grande, Priyanka Chopra, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Natalie Portman, Jessica Biel, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman, Mila Kunis, Brie Larson, and Sarah Hyland – to name a few.
Platinum engagement rings became very popular beginning in the late 1940s with Hollywood stars and royalty choosing the rare metal to openly display their relationship status. Queen Elizabeth II, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, and Audrey Hepburn’s dazzling platinum engagement rings are still as memorable nowadays as they were years ago.
So why is platinum still so popular for engagement rings? Platinum is a rare, naturally white metal that requires no additional plating, unlike white gold. It’s also hypoallergenic, and one of the strongest natural materials on the planet, so it can withstand everyday wear with ease and still last for years to come.
Platinum Guild International, the marketing association for platinum jewellery, highlights some of the most iconic platinum engagement rings of modern times.
Beyoncé - Image credit Getty ImagesClive Brunskill
Beyoncé has been wearing this emerald-cut design by Lorraine Schwartz for over a decade. This reportedly flawless center diamond is 24-carats and features a split shank band, all set in platinum.
Jennifer Lopez - Image credit Getty Images Kevin Winter
Jennifer Lopez’s platinum engagement ring from on-again boyfriend Ben Affleck back in the “Bennifer” days features a 6.1-carat radiant-cut fancy intense pink diamond with two trapezoid white diamond sides stones set in platinum from Harry Winston.
Miranda Kerr - Image credit InStar Images
Miranda Kerr’s timeless platinum ring features a brilliant solitaire diamond flanked by tapered baguettes.
Grace Kelly Credit - Getty Images
Grace Kelly wore her real platinum engagement ring from Prince Rainier in her final film High Society. The stunning Cartier design features a 10.48-emerald cut center diamond flanked by two baguettes, set in platinum.
Princess Beatrice Credit - @PrincessEugenie Instagram
Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi worked with British jewellery designer Shaun Leane to design Princess Beatrice’s engagement ring: a platinum and diamond design that features a huge round-cut diamond center stone flanked by four baguette diamonds. The design is “a fusion of Victorian and Art Deco designs”.
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