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).

Carrie Underwood Engagement Ring

Carrie Underwood is an American country music singer and occasional actress. She became famous as the winner of the 2005 season of the reality TV show American Idol. Unlike some other Idol winners, Carrie has gone on to great musical success after the show, breaking many records on the way.

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She met Mike Fisher, a hockey player, in 2008. The couple had a relatively quick courtship and became engaged in 2009.

Mike gave Carrie a huge diamond ring worth many hundreds of thousands of dollars. The centre diamond is about 5 carats in size.