We were shocked and awed when we found out that Avril Lavigne and Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger were some kind of crazy Canadian power couple. We were further stunned to find out Chadders gifted his ladyfriend with a ginormous crack rock of an engagement ring — featuring a 14-carat diamond that’s estimated to cost around $800,000. I guess it actually pays to be the most hated band in the world.
Above, we’ve gathered several items that weigh about as much as the stone in Avril’s ring. I hope she’s been doing finger exercises…
Geeks need love, too, and one of them apparently needs the quirkiest engagement ring box in existence: it’s shaped like TARDIS, the time-traveling police call box from “Dr. Who.” So did she say yes? Or is she holding out for David Tennant or Matt Smith? [The Mary Sue]
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie surprised everyone by announcing their engagement — and now, we’re finally getting a clear shot at her giant new ring! In a just-released photo also taken at the LACMA last week, Jolie is seen wearing the huge sparkler on her ring finger. The gorgeous piece was designed by Pitt with jeweler Robert Procop … and we’ve gotta say, they did a great job! Read more and see a close-up photo!
A diamond engagement ring didn’t have the outcome a Vermont man had hoped for. His girlfriend said yes, but the ring landed him in jail.
Burlington police say 25-year-old Ryan Jarvis is charged with stealing the $3,200 ring from a Zales jewelry store. Read more…
What do you do when an engagement goes sour? If you’re one anonymous guy in Iowa, you put the ring up for sale on Craigslist, for a dollar. According to the post, which has since been removed by the author (most likely due to the high volume of interest):
“A jeweler and I designed the ring in 2009 for an amazing woman. She wore it during our engagement, an engagement that we ended a bit ago with great regret. A grad student, I know I should be selling it so as to buy groceries and fill the laundromat washing machine with quarters. Like most students I’m living pretty hand-to-mouth. Yet there’s something about treating this token of deep love like a used car that feels wrong, feels like a violation of everything beautiful about the world that drew this woman and I together in the first place. I joyfully put my pennies away for months so she could wear this. Knowing that a lot of us are struggling to pay the bills right now, I’m hoping that the gift of this ring might make it easier for another couple to begin a life together.”
Here’s hoping this guy finds true love with someone new. [Racked] Keep reading »
It was insanely beautiful. A round diamond in the middle, surrounded by a ring of tiny diamonds, set in platinum. It was custom-designed, but looked vintage. I had never thought much about diamonds — in fact, all of my jewelry, save the pair of diamond studs he had gifted me a couple years before, was from Forever 21 — but it was as if my boyfriend of four years knew exactly what kind of ring I would want when he proposed. I must have said, “Oh my god” 100 times. I wore the ring with love and pride up until we broke up nine-and-a-half months later. Keep reading »
This just in: no sentient beings of the Earth were harmed in the custom making of Natalie Portman’s engagement ring. Her one-of-a-kind ring, designed by Jamie Wolf under the consult of Benjamin Millepied, has been customized to fit her vegan, earth-friendly lifestyle. The glittering, antique diamond is surrounded by certified conflict-free stones and made of recycled platinum. Phew. I will certainly rest easier tonight. [People] Keep reading »
A few weeks ago my boyfriend and I were doing laundry at his parents’ house when I overheard him talking to his mom about his Christmas present for me. Neither, it seemed, realized how easily noise traveled from the kitchen through the dining room to the living room. I could only pick up a few words, like “reservations.” At a separate time, I told him how my present for him was waiting at my parents’ house to be opened on Christmas morning and he replied that it would be really awkward for him to give his gift to me in front of my parents. On top of this, he started teasing me about my present coming in the mail and forwarding me FedEx emails just to taunt me.
Naturally, I started to think he had bought an engagement ring. And in addition to being in love, I felt like I was walking on air.
Then, a few days later, the FedEx package arrived. Keep reading »