Once I decided on popping the question, I knew the next step was to go ring shopping. After spending some time at local merchants, it was obvious that this process was being made much more difficult than it needed to be. I visited Mark and the gang over at Brilliantly Engaged after reading many good reviews online. During our first meeting, Mark offered a mini workshop on diamond selection rather than trying to sell me a stone. He showed me various diamonds in a multitude of sizes, colors, etc... He also provided a range of specific dimensions that I should be looking for in a round brilliant stone. After nearly an hour, he explained that he was going to get a few stones that fell within the paramaters we just agreed on, and he also suggested that I searched competitors websites. Mark's attention to detail and his no-pressure approach made me comfortable and I knew I would give him my business. He showed me many different settings, and I decided on a Vatche X-Prong. I brought the ring to an independant appraiser, who offered 2 different appraisals. The first is the generic appraisal that you need for insurance purposes. The second appraisal is what you should have paid in the market you are in. I found this second appraisal to be more relevant; it tells you if you paid too much or if you got a fair deal. I was MORE THAN PLEASED at the deal I got from Brilliantly Engaged. Shortly after I proposed, and she said yes. She constantly receives compliments on her ring. We got married a few months ago and got our wedding bands from them, beautiful work. Thanks Brilliantly Engaged.