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).

Christina Aguilera Engagement Ring

Christina Aguilera got her start early in her life when she was a contestant on the Star Search program, as well as a member of the Mickey Mouse Club with other famous colleagues such as Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. But she didn't stop there - her debut self-titled album was a huge success, including the singles What a Girl Wants and the hugely successful and iconic Genie in a Bottle.

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Christina met her husband Jordan Bratman, a music executive in 2002. They were engaged in 2005, when Jordan gave Christina a five carat round center diamond, surrounded by channel set diamonds and an intricate ring support structure. The ring is relatively cheap in the celebrity stakes, probably coming in at well under a hundred grand.