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).

Elin Nordegren Engagement Ring

Before she met her ex-husband, Elin Nordegren was just a "normal" Swedish model. However, that all changed when she was introduced to golfer Tiger Woods in 2001 while she was working as a nanny in the United States.

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Woods proposed to her in 2003 and they were married the following year. They had two children, before the sporting scandal to end all scandals erupted in late 2009 when a late night car crash involving Woods turned into a revelation of an incredible number of infidelities on the part of Woods. They divorced in mid 2010.

Woods, being one of the richest sportspeople in the world, didn't skimp on the engagement ring he gave Nordegren. Woods gave her an antique diamond engagement ring with a huge round centre stone reportedly worth over $300,000, which sounds like a lot until you consider how many hundreds of millions of dollars that Tiger Woods is worth. The ring and other jewellery given to her by Woods worth up to a reported two and half million dollars is in the process of being auctioned off.