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).

Sandra Bullock Engagement Ring

This is sort of sad to look back on in retrospect given all that has happened. Sandra is of course famous as an American actress with many memorable roles including the heroine in the action blockbuster Speed, the romantic film While You Were Sleeping, and more recently critically acclaimed roles in movies such as The Blind Side, as well as lighter fare like The Proposal opposite Ryan Reynolds.

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She married revhead Jesse James in 2005, but as we all know, this recently collapsed after revelations of multiple infidelities on Jesse's part in 2010. They divorced in 2010, but we can still admire the ring Jesse got her when he first proposed.

Pictures of the ring are hard to come by (especially now that they are divorced), but it appears to have two main diamonds nustling against each other at the top of the ring, with at least one of the diamonds being pear-shaped. Size is however impossible to guess. The design was a joint effort of Neil Lane and Jesse James.