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).

Jennifer Aniston Engagement Ring

This is heading back a bit, but do you remember when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were the hottest couple in the world? Putting a star from the most famous television series in the world with one of the most famous leading men in the world was bound to create a buzz.

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Anyway, Brad Pitt helped design a very unique ring with Silvia Damiani. The ring is quite complex in appearance with a spiral laden with smaller diamonds around a central larger diamond. It's value at the time was estimated at about half a million dollars.

The couple were engaged in 1999 and married in 2000, but as well all know, the marriage didn't last. Wonder what's happening with the ring now?