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).

Melania Trump Engagement Ring

Melania Trump is another celebrity who is mainly known to the wider world through marriage. She was a successful but not wildly famous model in the mid 1990s, when she met Donald Trump the billionaire. She is 24 years his junior.

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The couple were engaged in 2004, with Donald giving Melania an expensive 12 carat emerald shape diamond set in a platinum basket. The value has been reported as being in the range of several hundreds of thousands of dollars, to more than a million dollars. Not that Donald can't afford it!