When you got engaged, what was the first thing you did?
Did you cry, text your best friend or call your parents? Or did you position your hand in the best way possible and fire off a ‘hand selfie’ to add to your social media pages?
The rise of the hand selfie is a real thing, pioneered by celebs such as Kim Kardashian and Lauren Conrad. Luxury jewellery brand Rare Pink has reported the average size of the stone in a newly purchased diamond ring has risen substantially in the last 12 months, from half a carat to 1 carat — that’s an average increase of 100% in standard diamond size!
Could this be down to the pressure of having the perfect ring to flash in a hand selfie? Rare Pink seems to think so — the brand also states that an increasing proportion of customers are asking the truly burning questions that come with buying an engagement ring: ‘How will this ring look on Instagram?’ ‘What’s the best filter for this ring?’ ‘How many likes does this ring tend to get on Facebook?’
Rare Pink CEO Nikolay Piriankov gets the hype: “Right, you got the man, and yes you got the ring, well what do you do now? You take a hand selfie, of course and show off your ring across your social media platforms for the world to see.
“This added pressure is directly influencing the size of diamonds that our customers are buying. We are selling bigger and brighter diamonds thanks to the rise of the hand selfie.”
To celebrate the rise of this bonkers phenomenon, we’ve picked out our top ten celebrity hand selfies from across the globe...why not tweet us yours too? We’re @hitchedcomau!
Kim’s Instagram snap of baby North West holding her ridiculously huge rock got 1.1m likes.
Image source: Instagram.com/kimkardashian
Lauren Conrad’s sparkler from William Tell racked up just under 350k likes.
Image source: Instagram.com/laurenconrad
348k people liked Gabrielle’s considerably large diamond.
Image source: Instagram.com/gabunion
The Disney star’s sparkler was liked by 116k people.
Image source: Instagram.com/ashleytisdale
British pop star Cher Lloyd flashed her engagement ring with a quirky manicure and got 112k likes.
Image source: Instagram.com/cherlloyd
Cher Lloyd’s UK X-Factor mentor was outranked by her protégé! Her ‘surprise, we’re married!’ hand selfie got 102k likes.
Image source: Instagram.com/misscheryl
MTV star J-Woww had a pretty manicure when she showcased her new ring, and got 91k likes.
Image source: Instagram.com/jennijwowwmtv
British reality TV star Millie Mackintosh fills her Instagram account with hand selfies, and this one showing off her colourful wedding ring got 38.4k likes.
Image source: Instagram.com/camillamackintosh
Another British reality TV star, Billie’s hand selfie took place in a super romantic setting and got 38k likes.
Image source: Instagram.com/billiefaiersofficial
Although Kelly Osbourne is no longer engaged, her hand selfie makes the cut because of that fierce silver mani! 32k Instagram likes also appreciate the sparkly silver.
Image source: Instagram.com/kellyosbourne