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).

Eva Longoria Engagement Ring

Eva Longoria is the most beautiful and youngest main member of the ABC hit television show Desperate Housewives. She has graced the covers of several of the top fashion magazines and regularly ranks well in lists of the most attractive or sexy people.

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Eva started dating basketballer Tony Parker from the Spurs in 2005 and became engaged in 2006. Unfortunately, their marriage in 2007 was dogged continually by allegations of affairs, before Longoria finally filed for divorce in late 2010.

However, at the time of their engagement Parker got Longoria a beautiful ring. The ring has a large 4 carat central emerald shape diamond, surrounded by 248 smaller diamonds (yes 248!) and took 116 hours to complete, according to designer Jean Dousset.