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).

Salma Hayek Engagement Ring

Salma Hayek is an American actress and director born in Mexico. She first came to attention in America when she starred opposite Antonio Banderas in the film Desperado by Robert Rodriguez. She has had a number of other prominent roles in movies including From Dusk till Dawn, Wild Wild West, and Once upon a Time in Mexico, another film by Robert Rodriguez.

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Salma Hayek has had an on-again, off-again relationship with her husband François-Henri Pinault. They were married twice in 2009, the first time in Paris and the second time in Venice after breaking off their engagement halfway through 2008. Her engagement ring is about five carats, with a centre oval shaped diamond with surrounding smaller diamonds. It is estimated value is about a quarter of a million dollars.