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).

Anna Paquin Engagement Ring

Anna Pacquin became an acclaimed actress at an almost unprecedented age, winning the Academy Award for best supporting actress in the movie The Piano, at the young age of only 11. The next few years passed before she had a range of very successful blockbuster films including the X-men series, where she played Rogue, with the iconic white strip of hair.

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Pacquin also starred in the television series True Blood, where she met her husband Stephen Moyer, who she had been dating since 2007. Moyer proposed with an old style ring with a "rustic-cut" diamond, the size is hard to judge from photos, although the reported price of $50,000 seems to suggest a larger stone than the 1.5 carats reported by some sources. If so, the cost must have been in the design work. There is some debate, however, about whether the centre stone is a diamond or a moonstone, and also about the stone's size.