Old Hollywood stars—there isn’t anything quite like them. They were masters of glamour and elegance and are still what we think of when it comes to the epitome of chic, and their engagement rings are no exception. Curious to see the styles of some of the most iconic starlets, we did some digging to unearth photos of their rings, and what we found was interesting.
While there are some exceptions, almost every Old Hollywood engagement ring we found was a diamond version—including everyone from Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe to Rita Hayworth and Lucille Ball. Perhaps this is why the style is still such a classic staple today. While modern engagement rings have become less traditional and more creative, diamonds will always be in style.
Keep reading to see photos of some of the most iconic Old Hollywood engagement rings and then shop for our favorite styles inspired by their classic rings.
Elizabeth Taylor is famous for her taste in jewelry.
A truly stunning diamond ring.
We all know that Marilyn Monroe was crazy about diamonds.
Instead of a traditional ring, Rita Hayworth has a stackable diamond band.
Garland opted for a pear-shaped diamond.
Classic and timeless.
Finished with a halo.
A slimmer band for a dainty look.
Tiffany & Co. The Tiffany Setting ($12,600)
Simple and timeless.
This ring will surely attract eyes.
A one-of-a-kind band for a one-of-a-kind bride.
Get creative with a fun pear-shaped ring.
Monique Pean Mineraux Brilliant-Cut White Diamond Ring ($26,430)
A unique band that will surely stand out.
McTeigue & McClelland Fountain Ring ($32,000)
A nontraditional spin on a classic diamond.
This ring adds a graceful touch.
Jade Trau Six Prong Solitaire ($50,000)
Sophisticated and everlasting.
For the minimalist bride.
Harry Winston Round Brilliant Engagement Ring ($30,400)
The diamond-encrusted band adds extra detail.
Wear this ring with other gold accessories.
De Beers Classic Pave Oval Cut Solitaire Ring ($11,400)
A unique oval-shaped ring.
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