Quite a few celebrities have always been known to flash a great deal of bling. Of late, the rich and famous regularly flaunt engagement rings that average around 6 carats and much more. Kim Kardashian sported an enormous 20.5 carat rock from fiancé Kris Humphries. Not only was it beyond extravagant, but given that the marriage only lasted 72 days, in retrospect, it seems beyond excessive and rather hollow.
Actor and director Ben Affleck gave singer and actress JLo an incredibly rare and beautiful 6 carat pink engagement ring that cost around 3 million dollars. Following that, her next engagement with singer and actor, Marc Anthony garnered her an even more rare blue diamond in anticipation of their nuptials. This particular luxurious 8.5 carat diamond is estimated to have cost more than four million dollars.
Even reality star JWoww of Jersey Shore has received a five carat rock and singer Avril Lavigne got a specially designed pear shaped moon diamond. Singer and actress, Hilary Duff’s stunning 14 carat radiant cut diamond ring from fiancé and hockey player Mike Comrie is estimated to have set him back $1 million dollars.
Middle-aged actor Alec Baldwin also gave his bride to be, yoga instructor Hilaria Thomas quite the square cut diamond sparkler. At least Prince William’s fiancée Kate Middleton received a recycled ring, the same 18 carat sapphire and diamond stunner that his late mother, Princess Diana wore.
Less is More?
Jessica Biel’s square cut diamond vintage style engagement ring is one of the less costly, as it is said that Justin Timberlake spent a mere $130,000 on it. Even still, for the new couples shopping for engagement rings in the jewelry district downtown Los Angeles area, that amount of money could actually buy them a modest home for their new life together.
The fact is that these enormous precious gem stones not only appear very impractical, but are just plain over the top. In reality, many people believe that they are tasteless examples of greed – especially when so many people in the country remain out of work and in need. Not to mention the many other social causes that beg for attention, such as starving and abused children around the world.
Given that being socially responsible was once in vogue, you’d never know it by the size of these gigantic and unnecessary engagement rings – many times for marriages that last days and months, let alone years.
Of course, the queen of all bling was Elizabeth Taylor, who in 1968 received a 33.19 carat Asscher cut Krupp Diamond from fiancé, Richard Burton. And it didn’t stop there – Ms. Taylor received numerous gifts of some of the most extravagant jewelry in the entire world from her adoring husbands.
At least Ms. Taylor also raised millions of dollars for a number of charities during her lifetime. Unfortunately, that does not always appear to be the case today. It almost seems as if some celebrities go out of their way to inform every one of their ridiculously extravagant lifestyles. In these hard financial times and with so many people all over the world in need, it would seem far more responsible to invest in humanity, rather than one’s ego.
What do you think? Is it inappropriate in today’s economic climate for celebrities to continue to flaunt these shameless symbols of self-indulgence?
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