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Tips to Buying an Engagement Ring

So you realize that you love this woman more than anything else in the world. She's leaving you because it's been a year and you haven't proposed yet and she doesn't want to waste anymore time with you - especially since so many other suitable men want her hand in marriage! She's either been reading "The Rules" by Ellen Fein & Sherrie Schneider or she may have even gotten her hands on "He's Just Not That Into You" by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. It really doesn't matter which of those three books she's been reading in order to find the quickest way to dump you, all you know is that you'll do anything to keep her from leaving you with your sorry excuses for not being willing to commit. But you realize you cannot live without her because she is best thing that ever happened to you! She is a fantastic creature unlike any other. You're at your wits' end. So what do you do? Ok dude, you're taking too long, so I'll tell you. Seize the moment!

When she spends the night at your place (on those rare occasions because she is maddeningly elusive, thanks to Ellen Fein & Sherrie Schneider's dating philosophy), quietly slip a ring sizer on her -without waking her up dude. Once you know her ring size, the rest is a piece of cake (wedding cake that is). But first, you must understand the nature of diamonds so that you don't end up insulting your princess by buying her a diamond ring that looks like it came out of a Cracker Jack box and risk getting laughed at during your proposal! Here are some things to look for in a girl's best friend:

- Color - Cut - Clarity - Carat Weight

Color: The term color of a diamond actually refers to the absence of color. When a diamond is colorless, it acts like a prism, letting light pass through it effortlessly. Typically, the closer a diamond is to being colorless, the more valuable it becomes.

Cut: The cut of a diamond represents the proportions and finish. A diamond cut with the correct proportions and angles, also called "Well Cut", will refract the prism of light more efficiently, resulting in vibrant sparkle and brilliance. Less optimal cuts of diamonds result in less fire and sparkle.

Clarity: Because diamonds are created by nature with millions of years of intense heat and pressure, imperfections or "inclusions" are often formed in the process. A diamond that has no inclusions may be graded as FL or "Flawless" as it is of the highest clarity and quality.

Carat Weight: Diamond weight is expressed in "carats" and "points". One hundred points equal one carat, 50 points measure ½ carat, 25 points equal ¼ carat, etc. Although carat weight is the most obvious factor in the grading of a diamond, bigger is not always better. Now that you know the basics of what to look for in a diamond, you can take your princess on a casual stroll looking for beautiful engagement rings! Once you see the style she likes, you can presently surprise her. Until next time, remember, if you want your man (in this case, your woman) to be "Mad About You" not Mad at You, take good care of yourself, maintain your femininity (and masculinity in this case) at all costs, and look your best, if not all of the time, most of the time.



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