Celebrity Sparklers! The 11 Best Engagement Rings of 2016
By Sophie Schillaci
Tis the season... for engagements!
With the holidays fast approaching, it's only a matter of time before our Instagram feeds flood once again with sparkly baubles and shiny new fiances. But first, let's not forget all the gorgeous celebrity engagement rings that came in 2016. From understated elegance to over-the-top glamour, stars said "yes" to a wide range of stunners this year!
Leave it to Mariah Carey to have the biggest rock on this list, though her love story may not have ended as happily. Mimi accepted a whopping 35-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring from Australian billionaireJames Packer in January, though the couple called off their engagement by the end of the year. The ring is rumored to still be a point of contention between the exes, as ET previously reported that Carey intends to keep the $10 million bauble.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Jason Statham offered up a decidedly low-key engagement announcement, with the Victoria's Secret model quietly debuting the Neil Lane ring on the Golden Globes red carpet. In fact, when asked that same day about possibly proposing to his longtime love, Statham played coy.
"It's none of your business," he joked to ET. "She's a sweetheart. You'll see. You'll find out."
As far as we know, the couple has not yet tied the knot!
Laura Prepon also debuted her shiny new engagement ring on a red carpet, stepping out arm-in-arm with her beau, Ben Foster, at the premiere of The Girl on the Train. The Orange Is the New Black star was seen sporting a classic style, with a large round solitaire on a thin, pave yellow gold band. Gorgeous!
Kylie Minogue flaunted her left hand on her hip at the NME Awards in February, showing off -- surprise! -- a sparkly new bauble on that finger. The Aussie superstar and her British actor husband-to-be, Joshua Sasse, officially revealed their engagement in a good old fashioned newspaper announcement.
Former Miss America Betty Cantrell broke news of her engagement on ET's Snapchat account, sharing a simple black-and-white image with the caption, "BTW, I'm engaged now!!!" The simply stunning style featured a large cushion-cut solitaire on a platinum band.
Unsurprisingly, Miranda Kerr also showed off her new bling on Snapchat after getting engaged to the app's CEO, Evan Spiegel. The round diamond center stone looks to be about 2.5 carats, flanked on each side by a tapered diamond baguette.
Far from Hollywood, but a subject of public fascination nonetheless, Pippa Middleton confirmed her engagement to James Matthews in July. The Duchess of Cambridge's 32-year-old sister showed off her gigantic new jewel while stepping out in a chic white dress and telling reporters she "couldn't be happier." We don't blame you, Pippa!
Meanwhile, the United States' "royal family," aka the Kardashians, were also expanding. Rob Kardashian gifted Blac Chyna with a massive solitaire diamond set on a thin pave band, which the latter promptly showcased on social media. The couple confirmed their engagement over the summer and welcomed a daughter, Dream, in November. The ups and downs of their relationship have been chronicled on their E! reality series, Rob and Chyna.
Emma Slater and Sasha Farber also took their relationship to the next level on reality TV, with the groom-to-be adorably proposing to his bride during a live taping of Dancing With the Stars! Slater's unique ring, designed by Michael B., included a 4-carat oval pink sapphire center stone surrounded by 115 micropave diamonds. Oh, how it shines...
Who said engagement rings are only for brides? Pitch Perfect co-stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin bucked tradition when the latter was gifted with an engagement ring of his own. But first, Camp shared her gorgeous French cut halo ring set on a delicate rose gold pave band on Instagram. "Still on cloud 9," she adorably captioned the shot in January. Later, Astin confessed that he always found it "odd" that men didn't also traditionally wear engagement rings, and showed his commitment by sporting a simple braided band on his finger.
The couple tied the knot less than one year later in a September wedding on the central California coast.