What's my next step, now that I want to propose?
I've been seeing a very special lady for awhile now, and am getting ready to spend the rest of my life with her. Honestly, it's getting harder and harder to imagine what my life will look like without her. Yes, I'm aware that sounds gushingly romantic.
Anyway, my big problem is I've never bought an engagement ring (A situation most men looking to get married are in, I know, but it's still nerve wracking). I know in general what sorts of things she'd like (Simple; something that if she loses it she won't go into an absolute meltdown, just a panic; something that won't get in the way of her teaching science classes), but I have no idea where to go from here. Should I go big box jeweler? What should I look for? Should I go local? What should I avoid? How do I know if I'm getting scammed? Am I making a huge mistake?