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).

Katie Holmes Engagement Ring

The power celebrity couple of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes have lived a very high profile life since they began dating in April 2005. Tom Cruise is infamous for jumping up and down on Oprah Winfrey's couch in 2005 raving about his love for Katie Holmes. They are one of the most high profile couples in the world today.

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Tom Cruise proposed to Katie Holmes in 2005 at the Eiffel Tower in the city of romance, Paris.

He used a five carat oval shaped diamond with pave details, set in Platinum and rose gold. The five carat diamond is huge and looks even larger on Katie's petite figure. Its value has been estimated at several hundred thousand dollars.