Quick and Easy Buying Guide

Carat weight: 1 carat = 200 milligrams = 6.5 mm diameter. Doubling weight doesn't double diameter.

Diamond clarity: FL/IF/VVS/VS = super expensive, near perfect. SI = best value if you can check a photo for obvious inclusions (defects).


Color: D-G = colorless, expensive, only if you have money to burn. H-J = best value. Can go lower in gold metal settings than white metal.

Cut: Better cut ratings let more light into a diamond, making it sparkle more. Very important property, don't skimp here.

Set a budget and minimum cut (Premium). Go J color for gold and I/H for white metals. Go searching for SI1/SI2 clarity diamonds at James Allen. Pick a diamond with small/no inclusions. Choose a ring setting and buy it risk-free (60-day returns).

Double Heart Rings

The name says it all – double heart rings have not one, but two hearts as their design. Almost always, the two hearts are intertwined to some degree. This intertwining represents the joining of two hearts and the close bond forged between future man and wife.

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However, the hearts are not always intertwined – there’s a lot of different ways of having two hearts on a ring. You can have combination hearts, where on heart is made of one type of metal, while the other is made up of diamonds.

Hearts themselves can be single diamonds shaped like a heart, or be made up of several smaller diamonds. Single heart-shaped diamonds need to be treated with caution – the shape means the diamond isn’t as robust as traditional round diamond cuts. Inclusions and low grade colors are also going to be more obvious around the pointy bit of the heart.

Two diamonds can be placed in a concentric arrangement – a smaller diamond in the centre can be surrounded by the larger diamond on the outside. I’ve never been sure about the symbolism of this arrangement however – which heart represents which person? Or maybe I’m just thinking about it the wrong way…

Even intertwined hearts can be arranged in a number of ways. They can overlap with the same orientation, like the Olympic circles overlap each other. Or they can be “point to point” – joined at their common pointy ends.