Keira Knightley shows off her 2-carat, $40K diamond engagement ring in London

Last week, Keira Knightley and James Righton announced their engagement. This was weird to me because A) Keira is super-private these days, and I was surprised that she would even confirm or announce her engagement and B) I didn’t know Keira and James were so serious. I really thought James was Keira’s jumpoff, her rebound after five years with Rupert Friend. But it looks like James is The One. Anyway, these are new photos of Keira and James last night in London. This is actually the second post-engagement, paparazzi-friendly outing that they’ve done – you can see the first batch here. It feels like… Keira wants all of us to see her with James, and to see the ring? Which is kind of cute, I think. Keira is the kind of girl who wants to show off her ring. It’s adorable. They seem so happy.

As for the ring, Us Weekly contacted “jewelry expert” Michael O’Connor, who discussed his opinion on the ring: “This is truly the most classic of all engagement ring styles… It’s a solid platinum band with a brilliant cut solitaire diamond, approximately 2 carats. Estimated price tag is $40,000. Not only is this ring sophisticated and timeless, but I love that she’s wearing a platinum setting that you can find within most budgets.” You can see clearer photos of the ring here, but I’ve also included some closeups below:

Thoughts? It feels like a ring that James picked out himself. Like, he went into the jewelry store and, knowing Keira so well, decided that he would choose something for her. I like the simplicity, and God knows I love the minimalism. I think it suits Keira – the real Keira, who I think it probably very low-key. The bitch in me wishes the stone was bigger, though.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Emma says:

    I love the ring and I like them as a couple – they complement each other.

  2. TheOriginalKitten says:

    It must be true love because he’s rather gross. Not a fan of her at all but she seems happy so more power to her.

  3. kpist says:

    It does not look like 2 carats, and I used to work in diamonds. The stone would at least have some depth.

    • inthekitchen says:

      I agree, no way. Her hands are tiny so 2 carats should look huge. It looks like less than a carat to me.

      I love how the jeweler in the article says “40k…should fit into any budget…” But I guess he just means the solitaire style?

      The way she’s looking at it in the 5th picture is not a happy face… “this thing is so small, I should have bought my own like Brittney”

    • Rose says:

      In concur, plus, The Klaxon’s aren’t that successful a band anymore, they’ve sort of had their moment. Maybe he bought it with monthly installments…which will start after they’re married and have a joint account 😉

    • operagirl says:

      Agreed. Looks more like 1 carat — which is lovely and simple and why does everything bigger have to equal better anyway?

    • Katy says:

      When I saw it I thought maybe she has really big hands! Otherwise, there’s no way that’s 2 carats. My wedding ring is 2.52 carats (not trying to brag…I’ve had it a looong time and price’s were lower way back in the day!) That ring looks to be about a carat.

    • aud says:

      I agree

      I work in jewellery and I would be shocked if it was 2 cts

      Looks much smaller, but hard to say in just pictures. Not more than 1ct imo.

    • bagladey says:

      First thing I thought too:”No 2 carats there”. Two carats would have been an impressive stone.

      • Gayle says:

        Is that a round cut? It doesn’t look like a normal round-cut solitaire, but maybe it’s the bad photos.

        Size doesn’t matter much to me in liking a ring, but this is the most generic style ever, I’m surprised s/he didn’t go for something a little more original. Blah to say the least.

    • Hautie says:

      I LOVE that I am not the only one, who immediately knew, that is not a 2 carat solitaire/diamond.

      It looks like 1/2 carat at the most. Which still makes it a lovely ring. She is obviously thrilled with it.

      But I am curious when diamonds jumped in “price per carat” to 10K per carat.

      Geez, locally you can buy a great 2 carat solitaire for 10K, in platinum. And probably talk the jeweler into a matching band for it.

      I am always surprise by the prices from these “experts”.

  4. RocketMerry says:

    Awww…so cute!
    I’m so happy for her.
    The ring is adorable, and I love that they did not go all big and flashy.

    • brin says:

      Yeah….refreshingly simple from the ginormous stones of most celebs.

      • SolitaryAngel says:

        +1. She looks happy, and that’s what really matters. I can’t help the *ick* vibe I get off him though.

      • bns says:

        Like the one Justin Timberlake designed for Jessica Biel.

  5. Aria says:

    He gives me the gay vibe….anyway, good for them!!!

  6. tracking says:

    I don’t think it’s 2 carats either, but it is lovely and suits her. I’ve never understood why people spend such ungodly sums on engagement rings anyway.

  7. Jaime says:

    I love her FACE. She’s exquisite and odd and oh so very beautiful. I just wish she’d eat a little more. Pretty ring too. A simple girl with simple tastes shouldn’t be wearing a honker. How is Jessica Biel going to take that thing to the dog park or to the gym? No one thought that through. Keira’s will work with real life.

  8. lil ole me says:

    He’s a hairy little thing huh? He kinda reminds me of a Jonas brother (?)

  9. Kaboom says:

    Everytime a professionally successful woman shows off an engagement ring, somewhere a feminist dies.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:


    • Emma says:

      I really don’t understand what you’re trying to say with this comment. You’re making a joke but what are you joking about? It just seems like you think that being a feminist is a bad thing and if you actually think that you are pathetic.

      • Leonie says:

        It looks to me she was implying the complete opposite: that showing off your engagement ring is lame, and being a feminist is awesome. It’s still a simplistic statement.

        I don’t think happily showing off that she’s about to get married to someone she’s quite clearly crazy in love with makes her less of a feminist, but then I’ve never been one of the ball-busting feminists. I don’t really see how the ring and the feminist thing are related.

        On a side note, I love how hardcore feminism has replaced men telling women what to do with women mocking other women for doing what they want. Lovely.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        I’m pretty sure it was just a lighthearted joke about the *status symbol* of an overpriced engagement ring and the showiness that comes with it. Meaning it sets back the feminism movement. I thought it was a funny joke but honestly, I don’t see the harm in showing off a ring. I’m not a squeal-y type girl but one of my BF’s just got engaged and I probably could have shattered glass with my excited squeals upon seeing her ring 😉 It’s a happy time, you know?

    • Gayle says:

      I thought this was hilarious.

      On the feminism angle, marriage itself is a status symbol for women, I think that’s the sad truth. If you don’t believe it, ask any single woman.

      Also, engagement rings are consumerist, retro, and cheesy. That being said, I got sucked in too. But I can still enjoy a self-critical joke about it.

  10. Patricia says:

    Wow that ring is pathetic.

    • chalky says:

      I might be in the minority here, but not every woman likes wear a gaudy, doorknob of an engagement ring on her finger. Keira doesn’t seem to go for flashy jewelry, this ring suits her.

  11. T.C. says:

    Can’t help it he looks like a little boy. It’s like she is showing him off with the leg wrapped around his leg PDA. Not sure how long this will last.

  12. Sillyone says:

    That man needs to visit a barber and get the back of his neck shaved!! Eewww

  13. Emma - the JP lover says:

    That dress is hanging on her like a sack (check out the Headline photo). She always wears something to deflect from the fact that she is SO painfully thin, and has always been (a lot thinner than other thin actresses, in my opinion).

    • lucy says:

      This women needs to eat, she really looks ill, too thin and not an example to follow.

  14. birdie says:

    Gosh, some comments here are cruel. Maybe he is not as wealthy as Keira, but he picked out a nice ring for her and she loves it, like you can see. Everyone has different taste and as long she likes the ring and her fiance, everything’s good.

  15. Madpoe says:

    The carat of the ring and price tag has more weight than her cheeks. If he paid that much for that little, they saw him coming. Though refreshing to see less is more on a celebs fingers.

  16. rtms says:

    He looks like a mix between Perez Hilton and a Jonas brother,lol. The ring is very nice and simple, kinda of her way. I still can’t believe she’s marrying the guy, count me in who thought he was just a rebound.

  17. Rhiley says:

    I can’t get over how terrible Kiera Knightley looks. She was so cute in Bend it Like Beckham and Love Actually, but now she looks like Aliana Lohan. She has destroyed her face.

  18. BW says:

    Based on how skinny Keira is, and the size of the stone, I’d say it’s less than 1 carat. I have an 82 point, well proportioned stone that looks to be the same size on my hand as her stone looks on her hand, and my hands are bigger than hers. If that really cost $40,000, he got ripped off. It’s a nice, classic setting, but it’s not worth that much. I bet the price was not in dollars, and someone did the conversion wrong into dollars.

    • sweetsarahjean says:

      i agree. i have really small hands (my size 4.5 ring is too big!) like her and her ring looks like the same size as mine (about 3/4 of a carat).

      it’s refreshing to see a celebrity with a normal sized ring!

  19. Anne says:

    Sorry, happy for Keira and all, but that ring looks pretty cheap and ugly.

  20. Sarah says:

    Keira girl…either wear your pissy face or a face with no makeup. Not both.

  21. Skinnybetch says:

    She does seems very low key. .I like her style and she looks stunning without makeup. .

  22. Mew says:

    She’s supposed to be happy, getting engaged and all that but she looks as if she was miserable, sad, gaunt, hollow, nearing death…

  23. mayamae says:

    I realize this is incredibly superficial, but I can never get over her underbite – it drives me crazy.

  24. lover says:

    sorry i cant see it i need my Magnifying glases lol..

    • Camille (The original) says:


    • Amy says:

      This! Yes it’s simple and classic. But for $40K, I’d expect a ring that doesn’t look like the ones you can get at Kmart for $399.99.

  25. Camille (The original) says:

    I think it’s an ugly and boring looking ring.
    But different strokes for different folks and all that jazz though right.

  26. Cleveland Girl says:

    My ring is 1 carrot and it is twice the size of this stone. She may have gotten a 2 carrot engagement ring, but she is definitely not wearing it.

  27. asoiaflover says:

    Is it just me, or does she kinda look like a younger version of Lena Headey/Cersei Lannister in these pics? :p

  28. Scarlett says:

    Wow I am shocked by these comments! I specifically asked for a stone other than a diamond because I didn’t want everyone asking: how many carats?! My husbands parents just have solid gold bands. Marriage should be about love not rock size. And yes, we discussed it before the ? was popped as we were eloping;) Open your minds a bit sheeeeeeeesh.

  29. ichsi says:

    She looks healthier than she did with Rupert Friend. He’s good for her!

  30. Val says:

    2 carats? Hell to the NO.

  31. Kayla L says:

    I think marriage is awesome and rings are cute. People express themselves differently. Feminism seems a little judgemental. If I wanted to get married and take care of my husband then I will, as long as a man takes care if his woman and keeps her happy then she should take care of him back. That’s what love is.
    Who cares about size.
    And she does eat, some women have a hard time gaining weight, knocking her is the same as knocking someone who has a hard time losing.