In one of the other threads, I saw someone metion getting their S.O. an engagement ring for X-Mas. That's SO funny, `cause my girlfriend and I (got a new one for those who remembered me breaking up with one a few months ago) were just talking about that. I'm not one for that soulmate stuff, but her and I hit it off immediately. And since then, our relationship has become one of the most fulfilling relationships I've ever been in. We've talked about finding a place next year, so naturally the idea of marriage had came up (why wait when you find everything that you've been looking for), and I had thought about getting her a ring for X-mas ... I was engaged many, MANY moons ago, and that ring wasn't anything special. We were young, and poor, so I got the best thing I could at the time. But now, I'm doing much better, and I could possibly go pretty high. But do I need to? What's with this 2 months salary business? Is it before or after taxes???? If I was to do after, I'd be in the $6000 range for a ring. Isn't that a bit much???? My girl isn't into anything big or flashy, and I believe a carat would be fine. And she isn't helping. Out of pure frustration, she's given up on looking for a ring. We've moved on to getting each other different things for Christmas, which is cool because our list of things to get other people has gotten a tad ridiculous . We don't care, though: it's Christmas. It's about giving, but I still want to get her one by March of next year ... So what do you guys suggest? A carat? a carat? Should I get something that I like? Should I set a limit, and if so, what limit is sufficient? 2K? 3K? I'm looking for suggestions here, guys. And any suggestions from the women out there would be appreciated as well ... Freddy C.