When we shop for an engagement ring, we seek something that will "wow" our woman, but also something symbolic of love -- a transcendent ring, if you will.
In my own life, I sought a ring that I felt was conflict-free. You cannot always ensure this -- but I wanted something that was at least, long-removed from conflict.
In my case, I chose an art deco estate diamond ring with which to propose to my wife. She smiled from ear-to-ear, and said, "Yes! Yes! Yes!" to this lucky bum. (Honestly, she said it as soon as I asked. Her gaze only turned to the ring after my proposal.)
Looking at the estate ring I had chosen, my love knew she possessed an engagement ring like she would not likely see on another's finger. This was no mall-bought, mass-produced item. No!