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Despite Beyonce famously singing that "if you like it, then you should put a ring on it," the singer didn't even want an engagement ring. Jay-Z must have wowed her with the sparkler, since although Jay-Z and Beyonce wed in a secret ceremony, the first sign of their nuptials was an 18-carat ring. Made by jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, the ring is worth an estimated $5 million.
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Michael Douglas proposed to Catherine Zeta-Jones with a 10-carat Fred Leighton antique marquise diamond, estimated to be worth $2 million. The ring is unique since it is set horizontally, unlike most marquise diamonds that are set vertically. Douglas presented Zeta-Jones with the ring on New Year's Eve 1999 in Aspen, and they were married 10 months later at New York City's Plaza Hotel.
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Elizabeth Taylor's 30-carat dazzled! Richard Burton gave Taylor the ring and she wore the diamond daily even though she and Burton would later divorce—and marry again, only to divorce once more. The engagement ring would go on to inspire another wonderful piece of jewelry, called La Perergrina Pearl, which would later be known as the Taylor-Burton Diamond, a 69-carat, pear-shaped stone.
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Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck's 2002 engagement captured America's attention, not least because of the 6.1 pink diamond engagement ring. Affleck presented Lopez when he proposed. Only three years later, after the engagement was officially off, the $1.2 million Harry Winston sparkler known as "The Ring" went back on the market. Marc Anthony one-upped Affleck: Anthony proposed to Lopez with an 8.2-carat ring.