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    When it comes to diamond engagement rings, even the most coy and surprised of affianced women probably had a preference in mind. Whether it was a round cut or a deep setting with pave diamonds surrounding the main stone -- or in my case, a three-stone ring with emerald-cut diamonds -- many women have an idea of the kind they want even if their future spouse is the one doing the actual ring shopping.

    And why not? It is, ostensibly, the most important piece of jewelry we will ever own. Not to mention the most expensive. And if we are lucky, we will wear it every singe day for the rest of our lives. It's a tall order and, according diamond experts, the one we pick says a whole lot about the people we are.

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    As the wise Beyonce once warned us: If he liked it, then he shoulda put a ring on it.

    But don't we like our men back? Is it really fair that he goes out of his way to scrimp and save for that diamond solitaire engagement ring and we return the favor with ... a thank you? And never mind the cost of a ring -- that isn't even the point. It's a romantic gesture. One that reminds us of commitment and the promise of a future together. It always seemed odd to me that men weren't expected to (proudly) show the world they were "taken" too. What's that about, anyway?

    Well, the days of engagement rings made for women only may be behind us. Manly men like Johnny Depp and Charlie Sheen are wearing engagement rings -- why wouldn't the "mangagement" ring catch on? We spoke with wedding expert Amanda Gizzi to get all the details on this trend.

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    The very first thing you are most likely to do after getting engaged is having a good long kiss with your soon-to-be spouse. Happy engagement! Feel the love! But after all the kissing (and all the other ways you want to show your love), you'll most likely want to share the news with everyone you know.

    Not so fast! You'll get to that, of course, but there are some things you should do first. I spoke with Brittny Drye, Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Love Inc., a wonderfully curated online magazine for all things weddings, for the scoop on 10 things you must do once you get engaged.

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    Remember 300 Sandwiches Lady -- Stephanie Smith, whose boyfriend said he'd propose to her if she made him 300 sandwiches? I think we'd all forgotten about her around Sandwich Number 10 or so. But she kept at it, and all those sandwiches paid off. Eric Schulte proposed to Smith in Barbados next to a heart made of flower petals, as you do. And the best part? He surprised her by proposing at Sandwich Number 257. Plot twist! She didn't have to make all 300 sandwiches after all ... except that she actually will have to make all 300 sandwiches and then some because now Mr. 300 Sandwiches is hers for life. And we all know what he likes most of all.

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    At this point, it seems the rumors that George Clooney is engaged to Amal Alamuddin are no longer rumors. It's being reported far and wide and in the most credible of publications. So if you had dreams of someday snagging Mr. Clooney for yourself, we're sorry to say all bets are off (for now at least). 

    The "huge" ring Alamuddin wore while dining at Nobu with Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber is what first sparked the rumors. The same evening, Clooney and Alamuddin apparently ran into Ed Norton at the restaurant and told him they were engaged.

    Clooney's whirlwind romance with Amal Alamuddin has only been going on for 7 months so this might be the first time you're even hearing of her -- or at least paying attention.

    So who is Amal Alamuddin exactly -- and what's she got that you don't?

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    Run, Amal, Run! He's right behind you!A lot of you ladies (and gents) out there will be disappointed to hear that George Clooney, self-declared eternal bachelor, is supposedly getting married!

    Scratch that.

    He's apparently engaged (still has to make it to the altar).

    People Magazine and Page Six are reporting that Hollywood heartthrob *cough* Clooney, 52,  is engaged to Amal Alamuddin, 36, the London lawyer who he has been dating for less than a year.

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    When you see "Jenny McCarthy," the first thing that probably comes to mind is something like "vaccines" or "autism" -- but that obviously doesn't mean we can't be happy for her, as she just announced her engagement to Donnie Wahlberg on The View on Wednesday.

    "I just got engaged!" she exclaimed on the show. She had her hand hidden behind the desk (how clever) and then jumped around hugging everyone and shrieking, as brides-to-be should. "It's a yellow sapphire," she went on to explain. Then she teared up when she described how her son Evan helped plan the whole thing. Donnie also showed up on the set of The View on Wednesday to give his new fiance a kiss.

    Clearly this is fantastic news for her, but wow -- can you imagine having Mark Wahlberg as your brother-in-law? She's probably in for a ton of hilarious, raunchy, laughing-so-hard-you-pee-a-little family dinners. So jealous!

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    When people get engaged, it's this lovely display of love and happiness and a ring is given as a symbolic gesture that all the love and happy are forevermore tied up in that ring that is round and has no end. A dream ceremony is planned. Wedding bells start ringing. But sometimes that whole fantasy comes crashing down and a breakup happens. The engagement is off.

    Louis J. Billittier Jr. and Christa M. Clark were engaged, and Christa has the 3-carat diamond ring to prove it. A ring that Louis paid $53,000 for. Yes, $53,000. But after an argument over a prenuptial agreement, Louis broke up with Christa over text. Yes, over text. I'm stuck on the fact how anyone could break up with someone over text, particularly your fiancee who you apparently loved so dearly, you were going to marry. But people do exactly that. Louis proved his cold heart was even colder by taking Christa to court to get the ring back.

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    Proposals are romantic no matter where they happen. It's a proposal -- a declaration of undying forever kind of love! They often are very telling of what kind of man or woman you will be marrying if you say yes. Hopefully you already know that though. But if Lesley Frankel, 28, had any doubt about John Tracy, 29, that was replaced with a huge dose of "oh my goodness, you are the sweetest, most incredible man in the world" after his proposal.

    And all he had to do was ask her to marry him in a taxi cab. But it wasn't just any taxi cab.

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    It may be the first day of spring, but it's also National Proposal Day! Yes, it's true! And what better way to celebrate than by taking a microscope to some stunning findings from David's Bridal's 8th annual "What's on Brides' Minds" survey of newly engaged and married women? Hmm, actually, I guess being proposed to would be the best way -- even for those of us who are already hitched. Because if this survey is any indication, 1 in 2 of us would love a re-do proposal!

    Well, 53 percent, in fact, said they'd change something about their proposal if they could: 22 percent would change the location; 14 percent something about their engagement ring; 14 percent wish different people had been present for the Q-popping; 10 percent wanted a different engagement date; and 3 percent would change something else. Ouch!

    So, to test these stunning stats ourselves, we asked real women to share about the proposals they wish had gone down (even a bit!) differently. Here, 10 proposals gone wrong ...

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