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).

Nicolette Sheridan Engagement Ring

Nicolette Sheridan is currently most famous for her role on the hit television series Desperate Housewives. However, she has been active as an actress for more than 25 years, including movie roles in the spoof Spy Hard. It is however in her role as Edie Britt in the Desperate Housewives that she is best known, where she worked for several years before her character was killed off in 2009.

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Nicolette got together with singer Michael Bolton for a second time in the mid 2000s, and they were engaged in 2008 before breaking off the engagement. She did however have a nice but subtle engagement ring. The ring had a round centre diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds on a channel set diamond band.