PREACH IT! Nice engagement ring, Kate and Wills -- just don't stand next to Hilary Duff
We speak, of course, of the well-nigh crown jewel that Prince William, second in line for the British throne, has given as an engagement ring to longtime love Kate Middleton. It's a sapphire surrounded by diamonds, and it's a family heirloom -- William's dad, Prince Charles, first presented it to Lady Diana Spencer to celebrate their own engagement back in 1981.
The rock is currently supposed to be worth about 127,000 quid, or a little more than $265,000 at Tuesday's exchange rate. And it belongs to people who have a history of vacationing in castles
surrounded by Corgis, which adds a certain glam value, if not dollar value.
But the cherished creation is not the most lavish of engagement rings -- not in the world of celebrity. Sure, Jessica Simpson's brand-new rock (which she may or may not have purchased for herself) is worth a mere $100,000. But country star Carrie Underwood, who married hockey player Mike Fisher in July, got a ring worth a reported $800,000.
And Khloe Kardashian was said to have received a $850,000 ring when she got engaged to basketballer Lamar Odom; fortunately it's only the wedding ring she's had trouble keeping on her finger in a crowd.
But here’s the kicker: Hilary Duff. The onetime Disney star, who got engaged in February, reportedly got a $1-million ring upon her betrothal to hockey player Mike Comrie. And that was in addition to the $100,000-plus Mercedes SUV with a bow on top she got for her 20th birthday.
Duff and Comrie tied the knot in August.
-- Leslie Gornstein
Ring photos, from top: Kate Middleton's heirloom, Hilary Duff's rock and Kourtney Kardashian's sparkler. Credits, from top: Arthur Edwards / AFP/Getty Images; Jason Kempin / Getty Images; Neilson Barnard / Getty Images
Bottom photo: Kate Middleton and Prince William in the State Apartments of London's St. James Palace on Nov. 15, 2010. Photo: Chris Jackson / Getty Images