Blake Lively shows off her pink-diamond engagement ring: lovely or tacky?

Yesterday, Blake Lively returned to the New York set of Gossip Girl. After Blake’s publicist slammed People Mag for their cover lie (“People was there!” – at her wedding), I kind of assumed that Blake would be on lockdown, that she would only be doing the big reveal to Martha Stewart Weddings, and that all of the pap agencies and weekly tabloids would just have to suck it. Not so much, as it turns out. Blake made sure she was photographed in a lovey embrace with her new husband (in photos that were taken after their wedding in South Carolina and released yesterday), all while flashing her enormous engagement ring and wedding band. You can see the kiss photo here, and here’s a closeup of the ring:

The ring is actually a pink diamond. Can you tell? I can’t. Ryan went to jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, and according to Schwartz’s spokesperson, “Ryan chose Lorraine Schwartz to help him find a flawless, light pink oval diamond. They worked together to design a custom setting in rose gold and pave diamonds with a nod to deco.” Reportedly, the ring cost somewhere in the vicinity of $2 million. It’s a pretty ring… it’s not my particular style, but I like that it doesn’t look like everybody else’s engagement ring, you know? I think her wedding band is pretty too.

Oh, and we’ve found out more about the dress too. Blake wore “a one-of-kind couture Marchesa bridal gown with hand-draped silk tulle bodice adorned with crystal and rose gold embroidery.” Something about the idea of a Marchesa creation with “hand-draped silk tulle” makes me wonder if Blake’s wedding gown resembled a toga. No judgment. If she wanted to wear a toga on her wedding day, God bless.

Last Blake news… she and Ryan honeymooned in Virginia! They were only a few hours away from me. I totally should have crashed their honeymoon (“HEY Y’ALL!”). They stayed at Virginia’s Inn at Little Washington – you can read more here.

Photos courtesy of Pacific Coast News.

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  1. EmmaStoneWannabe says:

    LOVE love love the ring! These two have set the bar high w all these wedding details…looking forward to the Martha Stewart spread.

  2. backwards says:

    Personally it’s a bit too big and gaudy for my taste.

  3. evadstructn says:

    that is a HUGE rock. she’ll have to take it off when she’s baking cupcakes or styling herself

  4. Lara says:

    Is this a celebrity thing or American in general to obsess over these huge tacky diamond rings?
    Where does this obsession with extremely expensive engagement rings come from?
    It seems that ring is more important than the wedding and the married life.
    Ben Affleck got J.Lo a huge pink ring and it didn’t help the relationship.

  5. beyonce's bump says:

    Its beautiful. Although I never got the hype about her looks and personality wise, I kind of respect her for the way she carries herself. She seems pretty grounded and non fame whorey…so I say, best of luck to her and Ryan!

  6. Kaye says:

    I think it’s gorgeous, classy and simple (if you can call something simple that cost $2M).

  7. Tiffany27 says:

    Pretty ring and it sounds like the wedding was lovely. Now let’s all move on to something else. This wedding is wearing me out and I wasn’t even there.

  8. brin says:

    According to E News, Blake & Ryan took out their wedding license on the 13th and married on the 14th….five days after the “celebration” so technically People wasn’t at the wedding.

  9. tru tru says:

    doesn’t look pink at all to me, its pretty though.

    she annoys me, but whatever, Ryan has never been on my radar, so good luck.

  10. Redheadwriter says:

    The bands don’t look sturdy enough to hold up that rock!

    • hoya_chick says:

      That’s the first thing I thought when I saw it! I’m not a jewelry person but the band looks so flimsy for such a large diamond. And I don’t like that you can see the setting so pronounced around the stone. Makes it look cheap. It’s pretty enough though. Can RR afford a $2 million engagement ring?! Isn’t that what their house they bought together cost? How strange to have a ring the same price as your home. I really didn’t think that he was making bank like that! I stand corrected. Now I have to see ScarJo’s ring to see if it was better/nicer than Blake’s :)

      • Barbara says:

        I did the same the same thing. There were reports saying Scarlett’s ring – which I don’t like – cost 200k. It looks like it would cost that as it’s much smaller (3 carats, while Blake’s whole band is 12) and a gold band (thick band btw).
        I don’t like huge jewelry myself, but her engagement ring is basically the same shape and just a little bigger than this ring I have that I wear every single day. The difference, mine is a brown Brazilian gem – as I’m Brazilian – and not a diamond, although it does have the smaller diamonds hers has in the band itself. I think it makes the whole difference because the diamonds is so shiny and pretty, but my hands are thin like hers and it doesn’t look like it is too huge to my hands but as I said because it’s a brown gem – that I don’t even know the name, I just know it was quite expensive, lol (thanks mom) – it doesn’t pop like a diamond ring, but the size itself isn’t that big at all. There are much bigger jewelry (or whatever they wear) people (of all classes) wear these days, especially on rings. Actually I have a hard time finding rings I like because unlike this one ring that I have (it was love at first sight) all the others I have are small.
        People wear those giant cyan blue rings (though those aren’t gems, but something fake) or rose pink, and it’s okay. Now because this is a diamond and a wedding ring, then it’s supposed to be small?
        I like the simplicity of it but I think the wedding band is too thin, doesn’t go with the engagement ring and looks sort of pointless.
        I like his band though, although nobody paid attention to that (in another lot of pics you can see his)

  11. sara says:

    Rings that big are always ugly and tacky. But that’s Blake’s style so it fits.

  12. Riana says:

    Not tacky but not lovely at all. Its just sitting there on her finger with no class, no styling, no little accent…it looks like something you could win out of a 25cent machine honestly.

    Such a shame.

    When a ring costs that much and doesn’t look good you know a woman has to suffer through it. Especially once the public has seen it. She has to smile and wave knowing…

    • Oi says:

      I must disagree with you on the point that she cares its an ugly ring. She might be more concerned with the price tag and size not the style. I think she’ll smile and wave and flaunt a 2 million dollar ring and love it. She has to show off to the world that she has a husband.

      I do think it’s fitting that the engagement ring is huge (and IMO tacky) and overwhelming, while the wedding band is tiny and hard to see. What does that say about your marriage?

      • Riana says:

        Very interesting point about the difference in size of the two rings. Not wishing ill but I can’t help but wonder…of course no one can really know a couple and what will bond them but…

        I just don’t see…Lively or Reynolds lasting several years, this seems like a marriage made for a year or 3 before irrevocable differences send both of them packing.

      • Cazzie says:

        I was thinking the same thing! What does it say to have such a huge engagement ring and yet such a flimsy-looking wedding band that at first I thought it was part of the engagement ring…I give the marriage seven years. Maybe six.

  13. Fudge you, I'm going to Guam! says:

    I think it’s kind of pretty, however, I would probably like it more if it was smaller. Sometimes bigger isn’t better, it can almost look fake.

  14. DanaG says:

    The wedding ring is too thin and it doesn’t go well with the engagement ring. I think they went for size over taste. It isn’t a practical ring and really it just looks like a fake glass ring you can buy. Nothing special. Ryan likes getting married doesn’t he?

    • Cazzie says:

      I worked with a woman like this – attractive, early 30′s, MD….three husbands in four years.

      The hilarious part is how she was always talking about “My husband” this and that, and waving the ring around – meanwhile we couldn’t keep track!

      I wonder if RR’s family jokes about needing a scorecard.

    • DreamyK says:

      I don’t care for the setting and that rock is too big for everyday wearing. Just because you can afford it doesn’t mean you have to buy it. Show some restraint when it comes to rings a woman wears most everyday.

  15. marie says:

    I like the rings, think they’re pretty-although the wedding band looks like it would break in half compared to the engagement rock. I’m curious to see the dress though, I wonder if it was fug?

  16. two_seconds_ago says:

    You just know this is how it all went down!

    Blake: Baby, I did what you asked. I didn’t famewhore our engagement AND our wedding. Please let me show off my ginormous ring at least? Pretty please?

    Ryan: Since you’ve been a trouper with the whole “no famewhoring/low-key wedding” stuff, I’ll grant you permission just this one time.

    Blake: WOOHOO!!!

    • Jess says:

      Honestly, I think Blake has that man wrapped around her 2million dollar finger, and she can do whatever she wants. I don’t think she needs his permission for anything. He’s along for the publicity ride with her. People become enamored and obsessed with Blake. Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld embarrass themselves around her.

      • Canda says:

        My thoughts exactly, esp the Karl and Anna bit… this is a bottle blonde, nose-jobbed, fake-boobed, bad actress with long legs, straight teeth, and a tiny waist. GEE GOLLY, there aren’t any others like THAT around in Hollywood! What’s the big effin deal??

  17. GiGi says:

    I’m surprised at the ring. I would’ve expected something more traditional, more Harry Winston. She’ll have to have it reset in a few years when the pave/micro setting look goes out.

  18. T.C. says:

    I like the ring. She can sell it for a good price after the divorce.

  19. elle says:

    It’s too big lol. Not convenient at all. I like square shaped rings way better. For being so quiet about their relationship that is a h u g e ring.

  20. Birdie says:

    Love the wedding band, so pretty, the e-ring is huge, but I like it. (Bigger than Scarlet’s ring)

  21. Aria says:

    Last weekend I saw Savages and I really enjoyed it. Blake is not the next Meryl Streep but she did a good job. I don’t get why people hate her. She seems nice. She likes the spotlight which is totally fine because after all, she’s an actress and actors are known for being somewhat vain and narcisist (not like CRAZY TOM who is a nutcase).
    As for the ring, way too expensive. I’m not a jewellery person so…

  22. mel says:

    WOW! Ok I totally love it! Jealous!

  23. Green_Eyes says:

    Like the ring. LIGHT pink is right, hard to tell that it’s pink in photos. The band isa little thin for such a huge rock…but in all it’s a nice ring.

  24. dahlianoir says:

    Way, wayyyy too big. she’ll have to take it off every time she actually does something. Scarlett did have a smaller and cuter one. And 2 million dollars is such a waste I hope Ryan got a solid prenup.

  25. HoustonGrl says:

    I could never object to a massive diamond (assuming it was conflict-free), but this setting is all wrong.

  26. Lady Lupton says:

    The engagement ring is tacky and looks sort of unbalance, what with the ginormous stone and teeny band. I like the wedding ring though.

  27. Jess says:

    Up close I like the delicate wedding band, and I like the colors. Everyone has a princess cut with white gold. It’s like having granite counter tops. The whole world has them, and they are no longer special. This is definitely unique. I like it I guess.

  28. Talie says:

    Lorraine gives discounts to celebs, like major discounts (probably because the quality isn’t good). Kim K’s ring came from her and cost the same…it also looked equally tacky.

    • hoya_chick says:

      This makes do much sense Talie! I wondered up thread how he can afford a 2 million dollar ring! LS’s jewelry always comes off tacky to me but I guess the publicity from a famous engagement/marriage offsets the discount. I would love to see the data of what the rate of divorce/break ups are in relation to the designer of the ring. Lol, just off the top of my head I think of KK and her 72 day epic demise and didn’t LS design that too? I thought KK’s ring was terrible and oversize and not worth the price Blake’s is better, but still way too large and obscenely priced.

  29. yolo says:

    My wedding band is exactly like hers but set in platinum. I must have looked at about 40 different rings before finding one that small and delicate. I call it my baby diamond band. I LOVE oval diamonds but her engagement ring is a ‘little’ too big… pretty tho…

  30. kristiner says:

    They were one of those couples I never believed were really together.

    Like I still don’t think Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes are really together. It’s like Facebook official. Until they make a red carpet appearance I don’t believe it.

    I always thought Ryan and Blake’s red carpet stuff was for mutual movies not as dating lovers.

  31. Laurie M. says:

    If everyone loved and had the exact same rings we would have nothing to talk or “bitch” about. :)

  32. Barbara says:

    I went to a site yesterday that had 11 pictures (not the same I’m about to link) where you could see more clearly the gem is pink. I think that big one we have was either photoshop’ed to give a better ‘view’ of the ring and lost some of its color or it’s just the light.
    When you don’t have a close up it doesn’t look that huge in one of her long and thin fingers, although no one can say it isn’t big.
    Popsugar has more pictures

  33. Anne says:

    For a huge ring, it’s actually very well designed. It’s certainly a LOT classier than the rings of most other celebrities. I’m kind of surprised, considering Blake is really not very classy at all.

  34. Samigirl says:

    I think it’s pretty but too big and much too expensive for my tastes. I’ll stick to my $900 engagement ring and wedding band set ;-)

  35. Bodhi says:

    It looks like the plastic light-up blinky rings bachelorettes wear at their bar crawls. Tacky tack tacky

    I know several people who have gargantuan diamond rings & I no idea 1) how their SO can afford it. Personally, I’d rather be making house payments than ring payments; & 2) how in the heck they don’t snag the rings on their clothes.

  36. mercy says:

    Joan Rivers will approve. ;) I like her thin band with all the tiny diamonds, but I couldn’t handle a big rock like that. She has really big hands, however.

  37. Barbara says:

    She may wear a copy for everyday and keep the real one for special times..Liz T. used to…I like the ring.

  38. Alana Fajina says:

    Not bad at all! A little on the large side for my hands, but it’s not like I’d kick him to the curb if he proposed to me with it!! I do agree that the wedding band itself is just lovely, I also dig that it’s rose gold. Round of applause for Blakey.

  39. Annie says:

    Yeah, that ring is way too big and flashy. Even if I were rich, I’d want a beautiful understated stone. Something pretty, elegant but sober. A gem but a classy small gem. Not the Titanic iceberg.

    I feel like rings communicate things. They are tokens and they mean something. Cheap rings or no ring at all are huge red flags to me. He’s just not that into you. Lazyness. A cheap man is a huge turn off to me. The kind of guy that won’t pay for dinner and wants you to pay half… Bye.
    Huge flashy rings seem… Insincere, pedantic. Like overcompensating or trying to prove something to other people, not to your significant other. I feel like the flashier the stone, the weaker the marriage/relationship is because nobody needs a huge stone. A nice stone bought with effort symbolizes many things and there should be a middle ground here. Neither extreme is ever good.

    Remember when Jessica Simpson used her ring to open detergent boxes on her TV show? Pedantic, like I said.

  40. BooBooLaRue says:

    Pretty. Tacky. Conflict free I am sure…

  41. katie says:

    It’s tacky. The cut is tacky. It’s way too big, and no self respecting grown woman gets a PINK engagement ring! Sadly, it looks very cheap.

  42. pinchofsalt says:

    Things could have been worse. She could have been tanning topless and got papped. Seems if celebs want to keep things quiet, they can. Who would have thought?

  43. Andrea says:

    I typically don’t think celebs are like this but she comes off as that smug look what I got ala kate bosworth attitude to me. Is it just me or has anyone else noticed this too?

  44. Memphis says:

    It’s not my style, but I like the way the bands look.

  45. Nessa says:

    Once a famewhore, always a famewhore.

  46. Mira says:

    Does the average American buy such expensive engagement rings (definitely not something that costs 2 million) or is it just another hollywood thing? On a more general note, is it part of the American culture to invest in engagement rings? I mean, is an engagement ring really really required? Then why have a wedding band? I mean, the culture I come from, there’s only one ring used at the time of wedding.

    This engagement ring obsession reminds me of Mad Men, when Don says “What you call love was invented by guys like me to sell nylons.” That’s very cynical but I can’t help associate the line to the diamond industry in America. The engagement ring culture is an idea sold by the diamond industry. Am I right in thinking so? Appreciate if anyone can clarify.

    • ctkat1 says:

      I can’t speak for all Americans, but I think there are generally two schools of thought:

      1) the more traditional approach, which says that an engagement ring should cost the equivalent of three months of the man’s salary, and

      2) the approach that is becoming more common, which is that both members of a couple work and earn income, the economy is bad and people would rather spend the money on a home, having kids, a vacation, etc than a big ring.

      I think it’s pretty accepted to have a big flashy diamond, or a smaller more modest diamond, or not have an engagement ring at all and just do a wedding band. I’ve seen it all done.

      My brother, who got married last week, married a pretty traditional woman (a hint: they had the officiant announce them as “Mr. and Mrs. Tom ____” rather than “Sara and Tom _____”). He spent about a month’s salary on her ring, and it’s a perfectly nice little diamond in a simple setting.

    • Bodhi says:

      Honestly, I think it depends on the couple. They are very important to some people & not at all to others.

      My husband didn’t give me a ring because we couldn’t afford one. My parents had one made for me from my grandparents’ rings & it means so much more to me than anything DH could have found at a store. (I did get nice diamond studs when our son was born, though ;-) )My cousin’s now-husband didn’t get her a ring either, but they have really cool & special bands.

      But I have several friends who wanted big honking diamonds & they got them.

      I don’t think that there is any hard & fast rule these days. There will always be people who insist on tradition, but as society has changed, so have the “rules” about things like this

      • Mira says:

        @ctkat1 and Bodhi – Thank you for your responses. I brought it up because I was interested to know about engagement rings, diamond engagement rings to be specific, from a cultural point of view and how much if it is a push from the diamond industry and therefore it has become a cultural norm. Has “diamond” rings been the norm from say, 200 years ago or is it relatively new as in post- World War II phenomenon? Sorry if I’m being too specific with my questions.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        People like diamond engagement rings because they are durable and thus symbolic of “everlasting love” (snort) but originally, they were only for the wealthy elite.
        In the 1870s they discovered the first diamond mines in Africa so that flooded the marketplace and made diamonds more available to the average person.In the 1930s the US became the #1 marketplace for high-quality diamonds so marketing was transferred to the US while EU sales dropped as people started to panic about WWII.

        The idea has always been that they last forever so they’re an “investment”. *shrugs*

        I’d rather have an Emerald or a non-traditional stone and of course, conflict-free. Or even just no ring at all-it’s just a piece of jewelry, I’d rather the money be “invested” into a house/condo instead ;)

      • Mira says:

        @Kitten – Thank you for your response. Isn’t the “everlasting love” or “diamonds are forever” tagline a creation of the modern (post- WW I/II) advertising industry? I’m sorry for going on and on about this. A lot of it comes from my interest in the growth of materialism in post- WW I/II America.

        Personally, I’m a no-jewellery person. I don’t spend a cent on any jewellery except for junk/street jewellery once in a few years. My personal budget for marriage (if I get married in future) is $1000. Civil ceremony + dinner with family and friends. Like you, I’d rather invest my future money (sadly I still don’t earn) into a house or for traveling. Not to forget, for a library of DVDs.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        Diamonds are also very durable stones, so there is something to using them in engagement rings if you’re going to wear it all the time (which I do).

        Personally, I have a nice, tasteful princess cut diamond (under 1/2 a carat, but certified) set in a platinum band, with a little bit fancier wedding band. I didn’t want anything obscene or that I couldn’t wear all the time, and I don’t care for garish jewelry. (Hubs picked both, and he excels at jewelry.)

        But I do agree that it seems the whole “size/cut” obsession (with celebs as well as everyday folks) is a bit over the top.

  47. Heebeegeebee says:

    It is a beautiful ring but for that kind of money I hope it was ethically sourced.

  48. the original bellaluna says:

    A 3200 sqft COTTAGE? Apparently, the definition of “cottage” is lost on this inn.

  49. Mimi says:

    She and the ring are gorgeous. Jealousy is rampant on this site!

  50. Madison says:

    Celebs always buy these massive big diamond rings some of them look awful but this is one of the nice ones, gorgeous ring.

  51. Patrice says:

    I think the engagement ring is absolutely GORGEOUS :) Just because it happens to not be my personal style (my favorite celeb ring of all time was Reese’s from Ryan Phillippe; I still *swoon* over that perfect Ascher cut diamond in a stunning Art Deco platinum setting…) doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it’s beauty. With that being said I also love her super skinny practically wire-thin wedding band :)

    I must call Blake out on one of my BIGGEST pet peeves ever though: women wearing rings that are sized much too large for their fingers! Ugh. If she wasn’t wearing her engagement ring it would fly right off! I can understand an engagement ring being too big b/c most guys sort of just guess at our sizes and you can fix it later, but you pick out wedding bands together! Doesn’t B know her own ring size?! THAT to me is the only thing here that looks bad here…

  52. Camille (TheOriginal) says:

    I kind of like it. It’s not my taste, but it’s certainly not the worst celeb engagement/wedding ring I’ve ever seen either. It suits her.

    As for the price of the ring, yes it’s an utterly ridiculous amount, but these people can afford it and it’s also none of my business what stupid amounts of money that they choose to spend on jewellery *shrugs*.

  53. Pasquale says:

    What a tacky golddigger. She must be his beard

  54. A Fan says:

    I think it’s beautiful, especially the wedding band.

  55. Ryan Thompson says:

    Looks like about 7 or 8 carats. I like that its an oval — kind of an unusual shape. I think I’d have got a cognac or a yellow diamond instead, though. I like pinks but if it were going to be a pale pink like this I think I’d rather get a cognac or a toasted honey (brownish yellow, etc) diamond.

  56. Silver says:

    Some people can be so can u be wishing for the marriage not to last.instead of wishing them bad n also criticizing d ring,wish them well and stop being jealous.

  57. lady_luck says:

    I don’t know why, but that ring looks cheap, tacky and badly made. It looks like costume jewellery that you would pay a few dollars for. Think it is the way it is encased.

  58. Amanda_M87 says:

    So much for Blake and Ryan being “private” about the wedding. I’ve seen a new article about the wedding every day for the last week.

    Also, that ring does not look like it costs 2 mil. Both the e-ring and the wedding band look fragile, like they would break easily.