Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from yolandeesha and more videos in the Proposals & Rings category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at www.howcast.com or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at www.howcast.com Buying a diamond ring is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make, so get the most bling for your buck. To complete this How-To you will need: Input from the bride and loved ones Knowledge of the four C’s: carat, color, clarity, and cut A grading report Negotiating skills Membership in a warehouse store Step 1: Suss out her taste Casually comment on someone else’s engagement ring; that should prompt her to describe what she likes. Or ask her loved ones for advice. Step 2: Consider her personality Take into account her personality and the jewelry she already owns. Does she like modern jewelry, or does she prefer antique and estate pieces? Does she like showy baubles or simple stuff? Is she a traditionalist, or does she strive to be unique? Step 3: Pick a shape Pick a shape. Choices include round, square, radiant, emerald, pear, marquise, princess, cushion, Asscher, and heart-shaped. The princess and radiant cuts are more forgiving of flaws than the emerald and the Asscher. Tip: Beware of buying shapes other than round ones online. Many, like pear and marquise, are prone to certain cutting flaws that are obvious to the