Most girls dream about that moment when the man that they love gets down on one knee and present them with a beautiful engagement ring. And though most women realize that it's more about the start of a life together than it is about a piece of jewelry, that doesn't mean that the groom-to-be shouldn't do his homework before buying the ring. Whether you're working with the budget of someone who works as a doctor or as a seasonal worker, there is a perfect ring out there for your future bride. Here are some pointers that should help you find it.

Check out the jewelry she already owns and wears on a regular basis. You're looking for clues into the type of metal she likes, the shape of the stone, and the style. Even if you're special lady spends her days working as a painter for a professional painting company or as a chemical engineer, it's likely she has some pieces that she pulls out when it's time to dress up for dinner or a party. Take a look around her jewelry box when she's not looking and see what looks best on her when you're out.

Make sure you know how much you're willing to spend. There are those who are working at a big firm who are able to drop tens of thousands of dollars on one piece of jewelry without much thought. And then there are the rest of us who have to put a lot more thought into our budget. Many retailers suggest that you spend between two weeks and one month's salary on the ring. But it's really completely up to you how much you're willing to spend. Just remember that there will be a wedding to pay for as well not long down the road.

Get a little help from her friends. If you're not that great at picking up the signs of what she's looking for in a ring than there's a good chance that some of her friends are. Get a hold of one of the people closest to her and ask them to go shopping with you. It could be a friend she goes running with every morning or her sister. Don't feel bad about asking for help. They can be your spy to find out what she's looking for and will do their best to help you find it.

Make sure it's in her size and suits her lifestyle. If she's working in an office than you don't need to worry too much about her ability to wear it on a daily basis. But what if she's a nurse or working on a factory floor? Make sure that it's something that suits her and fits perfectly.

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