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).

Gwyneth Paltrow Engagement Ring

Gwyneth Paltrow is the beautiful American actress known for her film roles in Se7en, Shakespeare in Love, and more recently the Iron Man movies. She won the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role in Shakespeare in Love. She is also active in charity work and has dabbled in singing.

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She was initially engaged to Brad Pitt when they were both quite young, but met the lead singer of the British band Coldplay in 2002. They had a rapid courtship and were married in 2003.

Chris gave Gwyneth an asscher-shaped diamond set amongst a thin pave band. What's interesting in relationship to the ring, is that Gwyneth apparently only wears synthetic diamonds to public events as a stand against mined diamonds. So that begs the question - is her diamond synthetic or natural?