The Unexpected Engagement Ring Celebs Have Worn for 60 Years

What's the first thing that pops into your mind when you think of an engagement ring? If you're anything like us, it's probably a pretty diamond. But if a garden-variety ring doesn't cut it for you, you might want to consider the bold trend that celebrities have been obsessed with for 60 years: sapphire rings.

Elizabeth Taylor, for instance, marked her engagement to Michael Wilding in 1952 with a massive sapphire ring surrounded by two rows of diamonds, which might qualify as one of the biggest rings in Hollywood history. As you probably already know, Taylor infamously got married eight times—her matrimony with Wilding lasted five years.

Of course, today's most famous sapphire engagement ring is on Kate Middleton's finger (Prince William inherited it from Princess Diana), but other celebrities have jumped on board too, including Penélope Cruz and Elizabeth Hurley. What are your thoughts on the trend?

Scroll down to see celebrity sapphire engagement rings through the years.

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