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).

Jessica Simpson Second Engagement Ring

After ending her marriage with Nick Lachey, Jessica dated a few people before meeting ex-NFL player Eric Johnson in 2010. They became engaged at the end of 2010.

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Eric gave Jessica a 4 carat red ruby surrounded by 2 carats of diamonds, which makes for an expensive alternative to the high end diamond-only rings many other celebrities go for. The side diamonds are apparently pear-shaped diamonds. The ring is a Neil Lane design.