As the group at the pinnacle of all the latest fashion trends, it makes sense that celebrities would also be ahead of the curve when it comes to something as precious as the wedding ring. Rather than adhering strictly to tradition, celebs have been pushing the limits and coming up with some unique ideas and trends. In this section we'll outline some of the hottest trends in celeb wedding rings and examples of the latest styles for your inspiration and viewing pleasure.
In the high profile and glitzy world of celebrities, size most definitely matters. Today's stars are spending hundreds of thousands, sometimes even millions, of dollars on the best and biggest rings that designer jewelers have to offer. Celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Victoria Beckham, along with many others, sport some of the largest, most expensive wedding bands seen in recent tabloids.
Beyoncé Knowles certainly hit the jackpot with husband Jay-Z, since he sure knows how to spoil his woman. Giving some credence to the old adage "diamonds are a girl's best friend," Beyoncé's 18-carat ring, which was designed by Lorraine Schwartz, is set in platinum and has a truly stunning quality. Valued at $5 million, the beautiful ring (not to mention that huge rock) is jaw-dropping and simply spectacular.
Eva Longoria & Tony Parker
Matching wedding rings are still seen as a necessary element in nuptial ceremonies to a lot of Hollywood's power couples; rather than simple golden bands, however, many modern stars are choosing to opt for fatter, flashier, and more expensive rings to symbolize their eternal love and exhibit their devotion to one another as man and wife.
Eva Longoria & Tony Parker purchased a beautiful and timeless set of matching wedding bands designed by Piaget. Tony's simple platinum band is charming in its stylized simplicity, but honestly pales in comparison to Eva's 18-karat white gold ring. Her dazzling band exhibits two rows of 80 brilliant-cut diamonds circling 27 larger square-cut diamonds, with a romantic French inscription on the inside.
Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee
" As a ring that truly can never be lost or broken, the practice of tattooing wedding bands onto the ring finger is one that's been around for quite a while, though has only recently gained a popular and trendy edge through the celebrity network-as most things do, these days. A promise somehow more permanent than a simple ring, many couples see the tattooed band as a symbol of the utmost devotion and faith, as it is, in some ways, far more permanent than a classic metal band.
Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee have remained at the forefront of the media for their eccentric ways and often very public displays of affection throughout the duration of their relationship. Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee are perhaps the pair most famously known for their tattooed rings. The bands were inked where a ring would normally have been placed, on the third finger of the couple's left hands, each with the name of the other in an elegant, flowing script.
Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon
Platinum has always been the metal of choice for most celebs, dating back to the days of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, who decided to use platinum bands in their wedding ceremony. The metal is chosen not only for its strength and durability, but also because of its remarkable and one-of-a-kind ability to make diamonds sparkle and shine with far more brilliance than they're capable of solo. Additionally, as platinum is the most expensive metal you'll find in wedding rings, it's no wonder celebrities are so drawn to its bright, silver and costly surface.
No exception to the platinum craze that has swept across all of Hollywood, Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon also sport sparkling platinum wedding bands-though Mariah's is obviously much, much more extravagant. Designed by Jacob & Co., her ring is a simply exquisite example of graceful and elegant jewel crafting. Featuring a central square-cut fancy pink diamond (weighing in at 10 carats alone) encircled by 58 intense pink diamonds and two half-moon diamonds on each side, it's obvious that Nick wanted Mariah's ring to be something truly special. With a total weight of 17 carats and a cost of $2.5 million, it had better be.