• The best way to do this is by asking around. Find some married friends and see where they got their engagement rings.

  • There are always the old reliable jewelry stores, like Tiffany's, but don't feel pressured to go there.

  • The most important thing is to make sure the jeweler is a member of the American Gem Corporation (AGC). This is a must! Otherwise, you might as well buy your engagement ring from Crazy Carl on the corner, whose display stand consists of a briefcase on a snack tray. Call (212) 762-0028 to check up on a store you found, or to get a list of stores in your area.

  • By the way, when you are in the store, try to use professional lingo--terms like "point" or "VVS2." This behavior will make the merchant more likely to take you seriously.

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