Diamond Engagement RingHow Do You Pick the Perfect Engagement Ring?

It's the biggest choice of your life -- besides, of course, choosing to get married in the first place!  So, how do you find an engagement ring that shows your special someone just how you feel AND make sure that she loves it, too?

You could opt for an "engagement setting", which is a temporary setting that your diamond sits in so that you have something to propose with.  After she says "yes", both of you can head to the jewelry store and pick out a permanent setting together.  That way, you're guaranteed to wind up with something that she loves!

But what if you want to do everything yourself?  How do you pick the perfect engagement ring?

1.  Look at her existing jewelry

Taking a quick spin through her jewelry box when she's not looking will give you some big clues as to what kind of engagement ring she's looking for.  For example, you'll find out whether she prefers white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold.  You'll also get to see if she prefers traditional jewelry designs or pieces that are more modern.

Taking her existing jewelry into account is especially important if there are certain pieces she wears every day -- like the gold bracelet her parents gave her or the silver necklace she won't go anywhere without.  After all, her new engagement ring will have to complement them!

2.  Find a jeweler that can be your "partner in crime"

A smaller store is much more likely to work with you from start to finish than a big chain is.  They'll also be happy to answer any questions you may have -- no matter how many of them you've got!  A good jewelry store will even help you create a custom engagement ring if you want something that's totally unique.

3.  Consider her fingers

Does the love of your life have short fingers?  If so, a wide band will make them look shorter.  Or, does she have long, skinny fingers?  If so, a "long" diamond (like an oval or a pear) will make them look even longer.

4.  Opt for clarity and color

Since you budget probably won't allow you to buy the biggest, most flawless diamond in the store, you need to choose wisely.  That means you've got to opt on the side of clarity and color!  After all, a bunch of carats aren't nearly as exciting if the diamond itself is cloudy or full of flaws.  Remember, true engagement ring success means having everyone "ooh" and "ahh" whenever she shows it off!