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Popping the Question Over the Holidays? What Every Guy Should Know

Lifestyles - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:02am
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(NewsUSA) - Congratulations, guys, on being so in love that you can save yourself at least one big headache this holiday season.

Yes, for those wondering, if you're planning on popping The Big Question -- marriage, that is -- a diamond engagement ring can also count as her Christmas or Hanukkah present. "If a guy's gonna pop the question eventually, he might as well use the opportunity to avoid shopping for a holiday gift and kill two birds with -- ahem -- one stone," the Washington Post declared.

And you won't be alone: While 39 percent of all marriage proposals occur between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day, what sane-thinking male wants to be the one who waited till February to give his girlfriend a ring she was expecting in December?

Ergo, to help you out, it's time to separate some myths from facts when it comes to the whole engagement ring-buying process. (Alternate Plan Alert: For those not quite ready to propose -- or, for that matter, who have other diamond jewelry lovers on their holiday lists to shop for -- we've also got some tips for you.)

MYTH: You need to be prepared to spend two months' salary on a ring.

FACT: That's just a guideline. Your financial circumstances -- and your girlfriend's taste -- ultimately rule.

MYTH: There's no way of telling whether a diamond has been produced "ethically" or not.

FACT: This is a big issue for some couples, so know that the Diavik mine in Canada's North West Territories, for one, has gone to great lengths to provide buyers with proof that it's adhering to international standards of labor, health, safety and environmental practices in producing the nicely sized diamonds of good color and gem quality it's famed for.

"Each certified gem is laser-etched with a unique number that indicates the date mined, and each gem's unique optical fingerprint is recorded in an international database so that it can be positively identified," says an expert in the field, noting that many insurance companies offer discounted rates in such cases.

MYTH: Most women want a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring.

FACT: Round diamonds are the most popular.

MYTH: You must pick the ring out yourself in order to maximize the effect.

FACT: Thankfully, no, so you've dodged a bullet there. But if you prefer shopping stag, at least have your girlfriend's hints in mind.

Finally, about those other diamond jewelry gift-gifting tips we promised.

"Classic diamond stud earrings will never go out of fashion," says jewelry and style expert Michael O'Connor, "and diamond line bracelets can be worn with any outfit."

Why Russia is hung up on homosexuality

CNN World - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:41am
Let's start with a touch of perspective. It's not only Russia where sexual minorities suffer discrimination. In the United States, that beacon of tolerance, there's still a huge amount of bigotry. Some U.S. states still refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. And hate crimes and violence towards LGBT individuals remain a significant problem.
Categories: International News

Celebrities share their best advice

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:32am
Celebrities share their best advice
Categories: Entertainment News

'Who is the victim?' Camille Cosby responds to allegations against her husband

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:17am
Bill Cosby has kept quiet as the sexual assault allegations against him piled up, but on Monday, his wife, Camille, finally spoke out in defense of her husband.

Oil plunge takes price below $55 a barrel

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 9:17am
Oil continued its plunge early Tuesday, suggesting that drivers enjoying low gas prices may see even more relief at the pump ahead.

Dozens sick from hockey rink poisoning

Health - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:34am
A carbon monoxide leak at a Wisconsin ice rink left 81 people hospitalized. CNN affiliate WISC has the details.
Categories: Health

Meet the U.S. Navy's spy 'fish'

CNN - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:03am
Silent Nemo, an underwater robot, is being tweaked to go into hostile waters to spy on enemies and protect U.S. ships.
Categories: National News

Stocks: 4 things to know before the open

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:01am
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Marriage proposal goes very, very wrong

CNN World - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:59am
A Dutch man rented a crane to reach his girlfriend's window for a romantic proposal, but things went a little wrong.
Categories: International News

Walmart 'layaway angel' pays $50k

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:55am
Layaway angels continue to spread joy across the country this holiday season.

'Crazy Eyes' goes crazy over nomination

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:48am
Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren on "Orange is the New Black," was nominated for supporting actress.
Categories: Entertainment News

Oprah: Don't judge Sony emails

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:48am
Producers Oprah and Tyler Perry speak to CNN's Don Lemon about the hacked Sony emails and what was revealed.
Categories: Entertainment News

Tech Gift Guide: Phone camera lenses

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:45am
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Freeman returns to 'The Office' as Bilbo

CNN Entertainment - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:45am
Actor Martin Freeman is known for his memorable roles as Bilbo Baggins in the "The Hobbit" and Tim Canterbury in the BBC's "The Office."
Categories: Entertainment News

Tech Gift Guide: Smart home gadgets

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:42am
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Spotify CEO sees bright side to Taylor Swift breakup

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:37am
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Tech Gift Guide: Fitness trackers

Business News - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:34am
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What a shot! 31 sports photos

CNN - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:28am
Categories: National News

Survey: Teen drinking, drug use down

Health - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:24am
Teens might be shedding their rebellious reputations: A survey says they're doing fewer drugs, drinking and smoking less. But E-cigarette use is up.
Categories: Health

How he became an Ironman

Health - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:17am
Joe Van Veldhuizen was 19 miles into his first Ironman. He had two hours left to complete the race, and only three miles to go in the 26.2-mile marathon.
Categories: Health
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