First and foremost, it is important to make sure that you treat this purchase like the investment it is. Think about it; this ring will always represent the beginning of your lives together, and you want it to reflect the importance of that. With that being said, make sure you first save enough money to buy a proper ring. Now, we are not suggesting the ring you buy has to break the bank, as we all have different budgets. What we are suggesting, however, is to make sure you have the money put aside so that you are not forced into getting something less than you (and she) will want.
O.K., so you are ready to start looking at rings. What is the first thing that should cross your mind when you begin this process? Times up - if you said your sweetheart, you win the prize! By knowing her likes and dislikes, you will be well equipped to start narrowing down the vast amount of choices. Does she like yellow gold or white gold? Does she tend to wear loud jewelry, or does she prefer an understated style? By paying attention to her jewelry habits in the weeks and months before your ring adventure, you will have a better idea as to what you are looking for.
The next step is to enlist the help of her family or friends. Now, this can often be a delicate situation, as it is often hard for people to keep a secret. But if there is one person who A) knows her really well and B) doesn't have a big mouth, this is the person you need to be talking to. They will be able to provide with you some tips that you may not have considered.
Now, lets move on to the ring itself. You have no doubt heard of the 4 C's of a diamond ring (cut, color, clarity, and carat), but which C do you think should be your biggest concern? Without a doubt, it is the cut of the diamond. By choosing the right cut for her style, you will ensure that she absolutely loves the ring. How can you do this? Simply use your keen eye sight (or the help of a jewelers magnifier) to closely examine the diamond. If a cutter did a proper job, the diamond will reflect and sparkle from a multitude of angles. When looking at a great diamond, you will never find a dull area.
Lastly, it is also important for you to pick the proper shaped diamond for your bride-to-be. Again, you should have a pretty good idea of her likes and dislikes (based on comments she may have made, or current jewelry tastes). Not all diamonds are created round and she may prefer oval or square. Pay close attention to her and this preference should be apparent!
Choosing the best diamond engagement ring for the woman in your life doesn't have to be difficult. In fact, it will seem downright easy compared to your next step and popping the question! Sorry, we don't have any help for you there. Good luck, and we wish you all the best in your upcoming wedding!