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The perfect pick

TIM SZURGOT
special to the daily

Finding the perfect engagement ring is easy, if she tells you what she wants.

Otherwise, it can be a real pain. You may even risk to have your future significant other ” along with her friends and family ” shaking their heads in disgust at your uninformed choice.

My advice: Do not try to wing it. This is not middle-school speech class. Your romantic ideologies could seriously backfire.

The best way to find out what type of ring she wants is to ask FAR in advance before you plan to pop the question. I am talking months, or even years. That way she will have given up hope of you ever committing, then ” drum roll ” she gets exactly what she wants.

I asked my girlfriend of 17 years what type of ring she wanted, then waited another two years before popping the question. Some may call that slow, selfish or even rude ” but I say “player.” When I went to buy the ring there were no doubts to be considered. The look of this, hopefully lifelong accessory was precisely what she wanted. No guessing. I like that and she likes that.

Luckily my gal is realistic. And thankfully diamonds are not her best friend. She decided on a ring and stone that didn’t put me in the line at the soup kitchen. For the guys whose girls dig the diamonds and require the rock, tough luck. Hopefully you are raking in some serious coin. Otherwise this purchase may be costlier than trading in freedom for monogamy.

It truly is a special moment when you ask the love of your life to marry you. Take it from me, get drunk first.

Then have a lovely speech planned and get all choked up and crumble like a cookie. Hopefully, you will enunciate the critical part well enough. Just work on “… will you marry me?”

And if you must get her a ring that you like ” get a receipt and start apologizing now.

Cassie Pence, who happily wears a a pink sapphire in a white-gold setting, and Tim Szurgot are planning a September wedding in the Vail Valley.


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