My girlfriend and I have been talking about getting engaged for a while, and I am planning on asking her soon. Her birthday is on Jan. 2nd, and I would like to ask her by then. Surprisingly, I am getting nervous...despite the fact that she knows I'm going to do it. She just doesn't know when. I have yet to buy the ring, but I know what I'm looking for (in regards to the four C's). We've picked out the kind of stone she wants, Are there any rookie mistakes that I should look out for? Any simple tips that my fellow MR members have for me? Any advice you might have (where to look for the ring, how to buy it, etc) would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!