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 Hudson Engagement Ring

Jennifer Hudson is a relative newcomer to the celebrity scene. She initially tripped the edges of celebrity when she made the final 7 in the 2004 season of American Idol - but we all know that most of the contestants who don't win fairly quickly fade off the radar, especially given the number of these shows that have now run around the world.

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However, not so for Hudson - she was selected to star in the film Dreamgirls, a 2006 film adaptation of the same named musical, with already famous stars such as Eddie Murphy and Beyonce Knowles. For this role, she netted the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, and from that point on she has never left the limelight.

Her husband is David Otunga, who proposed to her in 2008. The ring was designed by the famous designer Neil Lane, and has a 5 carat round stone surrounded by a smaller pave stones. What's especially interesting with this celebrity couple is that she responded with a five carat diamond and platinum engagement ring designed by Neil Lane for him to wear. An eye for an eye they say.