Spending millions of rands on an engagement or wedding band should come mandatory with a manual titled “celeb weddings”.
Quite often you find stars going all out for their weddings, buying his and hers bands and splurging on the ceremony itself. Take Kim Kardashian whose ring cost R1,6 million. By celeb standards that is quite modest.
Yet Kardashian went all out with her wedding, with her nuptials to footballer Kris Humphries allegedly costing R82 million. Although that came to an end, the trend of stars forking out millions for rings is still going strong.
Singer Beyoncé’s band reportedly cost R41 million while recently engaged Jessica Biel’s cost R1 million. Basketball player Lebron James was definitely watching his "pocket" when he proposed to Savannah Brinson. Her ring cost an estimated R2 million.
Singer Jessica Simpson just gave birth to a daughter with NFL player Eric Johnson; her ring set him back R826 000. Britney Spears said yes to her long-time friend and beau Jason Trawic, with a ring worth over R760 000.
It’s also become a trend among Hollywood A-listers to have their rings custom made. Spears had hers especially designed by Neil Lane. Jewelry companies are benefiting from the the celebrity wedding band craze, with one jewellery company punting celeb jewel styles on its website. One such website is www.fantasyjewelrybox.com, which offers its clients an array of star-studded duplicate rings.
The website says: "Get the look of your favourite Hollywood starlets with our stunning selection of celebrity-inspired engagement rings. You can look just as fabulous as stars like Reese Witherspoon, Mariah Carey, Gwyneth Paltrow, Katie Holmes and so many more. And the best part? You won’t have to break the bank in order to get these amazing designs."
Prices listed on the website vary from R300 to R900. A bargain indeed.
For those in SA willing to emulate international stars then jewellery companies Browns, Jenna Clifford and Cartier offer top-of-the-range rings.
President Jacob Zuma’s daughter, Dudu Zuma, chose Browns as her store of choice to deck herself and bridemaids in diamonds. Jewellery provided by the store cost a total of R4,5 million, proving that for the stars only the best will do.
Sources: www.hollywoodreporter.com, www.jewelry.com, www.brownjewellers.com, www.fantasyjewelrybox.com