Amanda Gizzi: Picking up the perfect engagement ring can be a tough challenge, but it doesn't need to be. Following a few simple steps can turn it into an easy and enjoyable process.
First, determine a budget. After your budget is set, you'll want to select the finest quality stone and sighting available at that price. Start by researching the four C's. Determining the quality and price of every diamond is the four C's, Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. Knowing which of the fours C's is most important to you will help you find the best ring.
Next, look at her existing jewelry wardrobe. Note if she prefers cool metals making a white gold, platinum or palladium ring an ideal choice. If she prefers warm metals, go with yellow or rose gold.
Be sure to note her reaction to other woman's engagement rings as it can provide valuable clues. Once you find the right style, get the size right. If you can, seek a ring that you know fits her ring finger, take it to a jeweler and have them check the size. If you only have a few minutes, press the ring into a soft bar of soap, the jeweler can use this to determine her size.
Lastly, shop at a reputable jeweler, be sure to take note of the exchange or return policy. Follow these simple tips, and you'll be sure she says yes with excitement.