Too Big? Aniston’s Engagement Ring Estimated At 10 Carats


Americans love big things. Big houses, big cars, big meals and apparently, big engagement rings. This past weekend, former “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston was spotted for the first time wearing her engagement ring from fiancé Justin Theroux.

The couple, who has dated for more than a year, was engaged on August 10, but this is the first time that Aniston’s bling has been captured by the paparazzi. And “bling” is quite the understatement for this piece of fine jewelry. Monstrous rock is more precise, as Aniston’s bauble covers her ring finger nearly up until her knuckle. Experts estimate that the ring is more than 10 carats in size and potentially worth $1 million.

Most soon-to-be engaged females hope for a sparkly diamond to show off to their friends and co-workers, but the vast majority of women hope their future groom purchases a ring that fits in a respectable budget. A ring that is comparable in size to the “genuine” cubic zirconium rings off a costume jewelry rack is far from our minds.

Clearly, someone in the position to propose to a world famous actress like Jennifer Aniston can afford a ridiculously-sized engagement ring, but where does that leave the rest of us? Is a multi-carat diamond ideal or is a simple setting and average stone acceptable?

My life is filled with married women who sport varied sizes of rings. Some cause my mouth to drop, while other blend in with the rest, but I can guarantee that to each of them, the sparkle and shine is simply perfect. Even if the diamond clarity has changed over the years, the meaning and the love is still present.

So do I aspire for a Jennifer Aniston-esque engagement ring someday? Not really. Do I instead hope for a spectacular ring with a unique stone and setting? Definitely. A flashy ring may get rave reviews from the girls, but a meaningful marriage is much more valuable than carats and cut. I hope Aniston and Theroux feel the same.

Now it’s your turn. If money was no object, what would your dream engagement ring look like? If you’ve been married before, do your hopes for a ring change? If you’re on the buying end of things, how do you plan on approaching the ring-buying process?



  1. Anna-205201 August 20, 2013 Reply

    Considering the human cost of gem mining, and the slavery and abuses experienced by children, gem stones have very little significance to me. I would prefer a more benign token of a promise.

  2. Josephine-611497 October 24, 2012 Reply

    The ring although essential should not be all hyped up, having said that no issues on size and carat but I definetely prefer something tasteful and perhaps the guys getting down on his knees.

  3. Janice-272904 October 21, 2012 Reply

    I don’t like big gaudy jewelry especially rings. What’s more important is my fiance and I have a happy, loving marriage till death do us part. The size of the ring is insignificant.

  4. Kathy-730470 October 21, 2012 Reply

    It is what the ring signifies that is of importance. The bigger and more expense it is does not always mean it is better. To be happily married to the love of your life regardless of the size and the bling of the ring is truly the most important thing.

  5. Kevin-881661 October 20, 2012 Reply

    A fun post. 1 full carat with the three “c’s” will do just fine for the rest of us….

  6. Rose-652425 October 20, 2012 Reply

    If you sincerely love someone, the size & cost of the ring does not matter.

  7. Alice-788574 October 20, 2012 Reply

    I saw a beautiful ring in a Catholic book store some time ago. It was a simple gold band with the crown of thorns etched into it.

    I think that about covers it.

  8. Maria-846262 October 19, 2012 Reply

    Frankly, I don’t know why I have to come to this website to find out how big some movie star’s ring is. WHO CARES????

    • Lesley-158563 October 19, 2012 Reply

      The blogger is young and has a “young perspective” on a lot of issues it seems to me. Many of her topics don’t interest me either, but in all fairness, I am sure they resonant with the members of this website in their 20s and early 30s.

      • Jessica-744973 October 22, 2012 Reply

        Thanks for your comments, ladies. We definitely have a wide range of members on this site, so I hope that our broad spectrum of bloggers will craft content that appeals to the various demographics on CatholicMatch. Thanks for reading!

    • Tom-995241 December 3, 2013 Reply

      I agree totally with Maria, nuf said.

  9. Brenda-74660 October 19, 2012 Reply

    I am particularly fond of the ring Princes Diane wore but for me the replica model would be just fine. I would be afraid of someone mugging me for a ring…..yikes!

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