The story behind JLo's engagement ring

jlo engagement ring
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ICYMI Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck got engaged this weekend, sending searches for 'JLo engagement ring' soaring on Google. At first glance, the ring isn't too far in style to the pink diamond Ben gave Jennifer in 2004.

Both rings feature a central coloured diamond, flanked by clear diamonds in a timeless trinity style, however there are some differences. It's thought Ben chose the colour as his future bride previously wrote about her love of green in a newsletter.

'I always say the colour green is my lucky colour. I've realized there are many moments in my life where amazing things happened when I was wearing green,' she wrote. She also referenced the green Versace dress which was the whole reason Google Images was born.

What kind of stone is JLo's engagement ring?

JLo's engagement ring features a central 8.5 ct. natural green diamond stone, one of the rarest and therefore most expensive in the world. It is flanked by two trapezoid diamonds, and set on a platinum band.

Eddi Norris, Director & Design Consultant at Queensmith, explains that verdant tones are obtained through exposure to radiation. 'JLo’s diamond was formed close to uranium rocks within the Earth’s surface,' he said.

J Lo engagement ring cost

Given their rarity, it's impossible to put a price on JLo's ring, but it's been estimated by jewellers to be worth between £3 and £7m, making it over double the price of the original pink diamond ring.

Green diamond ring

Should you wish to emulate JLo's style but don't quite have the several mill budget, don't worry. I've found some great alternatives below.

KIKI MCDONOUGH Kiki Classics 18ct Yellow Gold, Green Amethyst Mini Ripple Ring - £1,200 at Goldsmiths

KIKI MCDONOUGH Kiki Classics 18ct Yellow Gold, Green Amethyst Mini Ripple Ring - £1,200 at Goldsmiths
The Ripple rings are a well-loved Kiki classic - versatile, stackable and stylish, they are a key staple for any woman's collection.

£579 at The Diamond Store

Green Sapphire 7 x 5mm And Diamond 9K Yellow Gold Ring - £579 at The Diamond Store
The sapphire is a beautiful, sparkling and durable gem, ideal for daily wear, making it ideal for engagement rings. Contrary to popular belief, sapphires are not only available in blue colour.

KIKI MCDONOUGH Kiki Cushion 18ct Yellow Gold, Tapered Diamond Shoulders & Green Amethyst Ring - £1,800 at Goldsmiths

KIKI MCDONOUGH Kiki Cushion 18ct Yellow Gold, Tapered Diamond Shoulders & Green Amethyst Ring - £1,800 at Goldsmiths
Designer Kiki, a favourite of Kate Middleton's, is known for her love of coloured stones.

JLo old engagement ring

We don't really know what happened to that infamous pink diamond ring, however Jennifer Lopez's publicist told Stylecaster in 2021 that he believes she may still have it.

'As far as I know, Jen has never returned the ring. So, if things move forward with these two, gosh, she’s already got the most beautiful ring I’ve seen. It’s absolutely stunning. I was with her once, and it is blinding. I almost thought—forgive me, Jen—it almost was QVC-ish, ’cause it was so large! I didn’t think it was real! She said, "Don’t touch it, it’s a real ring."'

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.