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).

Kate Beckinsale Engagement Ring

Kate Beckinsale is a beautiful English actress who rose to prominence in the 1990s and 2000s with a number of roles on television and in film. Some of her blockbuster films include Pearl Harbor opposite Ben Afflect and Josh Hartnett, as well as Underworld and Van Helsing. She regularly places high on lists of the world's most attractive people.

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Beckinsale's second marriage was to director Len Wiseman, who directed the Underworld films that Kate starred in. They became engaged in 2003, when he gave her a princess or emerald shape (somewhat hard to see from photos) diamond ring.