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Star Rocks

When a star ties the knot, get ready for paparazzi in helicopters! Of course, the ring is in the spotlight, too. Fortunately, the ever-so stylish rings of the stars are definitely ready for their close-up.

Trends in celebrity engagement rings include square and rectangular diamonds like emerald, cushion, and asscher cuts; pavé settings; fancy colors; and lots of platinum.

Perhaps the most spectacular ring in recent history appeared for the first time at “Fashion Rocks” in September, when Beyonce Knowles took the stage to sing in an 18 carat emerald cut diamond ring set in platinum. Surely everyone on the planet has heard of her secret wedding to Jay Z. in April. Perhaps it took her this long to find that spectacular stone! The ring is by Beyonce’s favorite jewelry designer, Lorraine Schwartz.

Mariah Carey’s ring is also a 17 carat emerald cut diamond but, even better, it’s fancy light pink! It’s surrounded by 58 intense pink diamonds and flanked by two half-moon shaped diamonds, covering the finger with major bling.

Jennifer Hudson, too, is sporting a new engagement ring. Boyfriend David Otunga popped the question while celebrating the actress-singer’s 27th birthday on September 16. Hudson’s ring is perfectly on trend: a beautiful Neil Lane design in platinum with a 5 carat round diamond surrounded by a pavé frame.

Other stars with pavé settings include Ashlee Simpson, who chose one for her 4 carat square cushion cut diamond, and Jessica Alba, who has a pavé setting surrounding a 5 carat asscher cut diamond. Jennifer Love Hewitt’s vintage platinum ring has a 1.5 carat diamond surrounded by diamonds to create a flower silhouette.

Every diamond shape has its fans. Salma Hayek’s ring is a 5 carat oval diamond set in platinum with two trillions flanking the center stone. Jamie Lynn Spears has a 2 carat marquise diamond on a pavé white gold band. Nicollette Sheridan has a 5 carat cushion. Both Scarlett Johansson and Fergie have round brilliant diamonds, both about three carats. Scarlett’s is set on an intertwined yellow gold setting and Fergie’s is a solitaire set in platinum. Katherine Heigl has a 3 carat pear-shaped diamond.

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H. Stern jewelry
Jennifer Hudson wears H. Stern jewelry to the Toronto Film Festival.
ring by Neil Lane with a 5 carat diamond
Dreamgirl’s dream ring: Jennifer Hudson’s ring by Neil Lane with a 5 carat diamond surrounded by pavé in platinum.
18 carat emerald cut ring
Big and beautiful: An 18 carat emerald cut ring by Julius Klein.