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).

Sophie Monk Engagement Ring

Aussie Aussie Aussie! Sophie Monk is a now fairly famous Australian pop singer and occasional actress who came to prominence at the turn of the century. She's become more famous recently with exposure in Hollywood through a number of movies such as Date Movie, especially to male teenage audiences.

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She's had one or two high profile relationships, such as Benjii Madden, with her most recent to a rich businessman named Jimmy Esebag, who she has described as her soulmate.

Jimmy proposed to Sophie with what has been described as a "chandelier" type ring, but she's been keeping it well hidden in public from photographers. It was apparently designed by an associate of Jimmy Esebag. We will have to wait and see as more details emerge of the ring!