Asking someone to marry you can be the biggest moment of your life. Naturally, you want everything to go off without a hitch. One of the keys to making that touchstone moment happening perfectly is the engagement ring you have chosen for your beloved. Archduke Maximilian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy with a ring set with thin, flat diamonds in the shape of an "M". This 15th century occurrence is one of the first recorded instances of an engagement ring being exchanged. Since that time, engagement rings have become a staple of the engagement process. Consider, for example, that the diamond engagement ring business is expected to generate $9.2 billion in 2013. With the obvious importance of choosing the right diamond rings, here are four tips to help you in your search. Expect to Pay for Quality At Mervis Diamond Importers, the average engagement ring cost is $8-9,000. There are a variety of rings available in our showrooms for less, and a variety available for more. At Mervis, we want you to find the perfect ring no matter what your price point. If you are looking for a diamond that truly encapsulates all the best of the "4 C's", which are clarity, cut, color, and carat, then you should expect to be paying between $5,000 and $20,000 or more. After all, you want the best for your new life partner. Know Her Style The Knot writes that "spying on her style" is a great way to find a ring that your lady loves. If she has traditional rings that are simple and elegant, then you should consider styles that embody elegance when choosing her diamond ring. If she likes something with a bit more flash, then choose a unique, eye-catching design for popping the question. This can only improve your chances. Feel free to bring pieces of her jewelry that you know she loves, or even pictures of her signature style to your consultation appointment at Mervis Diamond Importers. This way, we can assist you in finding the perfect ring. Know Her Size Just like you need to have an idea of what the hopeful your potential fiancee likes in terms of style, Ask Men states it is a good plan to get an idea of her ring size so you can slip it on her finger when she says yes. Temporarily borrow one of her rings while she is away and bring it in to Mervis so we can figure out the sizing for the perfect fit. Of course she can always have her engagement ring sized if it doesn't fit her immediately, and the first ring sizing at Mervis Diamond Importers is free. Go to a Reputable Dealer The fact is diamonds are traded in such high volumes that many organizations have been created to judge them based on the "4 C's" of carat, cut, clarity, and color. Find a dealer who knows what they are talking about-at Mervis, we have been in business for a century and know our diamonds. Read reviews about your dealer of choice. Our experienced diamond consultants will walk you through all the steps of finding the perfect diamond and educate you on the important factors. Not sure if you want a certified diamonds or what that even means? Don't worry, we will explain it all! Working up to popping the question can be an extremely stressful time emotionally. By following these four tips you can avoid any unnecessary stress and improve your chances of a positive outcome. Good luck to you and your beloved on your new journey! Ready to get started?