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).

Beyonce Knowles Engagement Ring

Beyonce is the famous young singer originally from Destiny's Child who has been, by a mile, the most successful of the three singers since, creating an empire with her husband Jay Z. They married in 2008 but have kept their relationship very private in an attempt to avoid the inevitable public scrutiny that comes with being such a high profile celebrity couple.

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Jay Z gave Beyonce an 18 carat emerald shape diamond set in platinum. The ring is worth a whopping 5 million dollars according to the jeweler who provided it, Lorraine Schwartz. What is, to us mere mortals, perhaps even more impressive, is that the fake ring Beyonce wears for security purposes is also worth $5000, which is more than most people spend on their own engagement rings!