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).

Camilla Bowles Engagement Ring

Camilla Parker Bowles, now named Camilla Rosemary was the Duchess of Cornwall and is now the second wife of Prince Charles, who is first in line to the throne. They were girlfriend and boyfriend back in the 1970s, but the relationship didn't develop for various reasons including court pressure. She was made infamous when an affair with Charles was revealed during his marriage to Princess Diana. In 2005 Charles and Camilla became engaged, and they married that year.

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The ring came from the late Queen Mother, Queen Elizabeth, and was a royal heirloom ring. The central stone is an eight carat emerald shape diamond with side steps on each side. Its value is harder to establish because of its heritage, but it is worth in the range of several hundred thousand dollars, possibly more.