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).

Rebecca Romijn Engagement Ring

Rebecca Romijn, the scary Mystique from the X-Men films, is an actress and former model from Holland. As well as several other movie roles, she stars in the hit television series Ugly Betty.

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After a 7 year marriage to actor John Stamos, Rebecca met actor Jerry O'Connell of Sliders and Tomcats fame. He proposed to her with a 5 carat yellow diamond in an oval shape. O'Connell was apparently a bit of a babe in the woods when first shopping for a diamond ring, was shocked at how expensive they were, and was even tempted by a cubic zirconia until persuaded otherwise.