Ultimately I know it really is up to me, and what I like. And more importantly, what the ring represents, which is our love and commitment.
My FH and I actually went shopping together for my engagement ring. Getting married was more of something we decided to do together. We're already all out of order - we have a beautiful 9 month old daughter.
We ended up getting a Zales Outlet Special Reserve ring. It is 7/8 cts with 43 diamonds. It is listed as having a retail price of $5,200 and we paid $1,500 out the door with insurance and tax.
The ring is very pretty. I have noticed the edges are a little sharp as I've scratched my daughter a few times (it is a square setting with a rounder halo around it). But I know a lot of moms take their engagement rings off after having a baby because of this.
I guess I'm most curious on other bride's ideas. We're obviously on a budget, so if you had a $1,500 budget, would you rather have a smaller ring (say, 1/2 ct) with a larger center stone, or a more substantial ring with the pave diamonds? (as I post the pictures, I fall in love with it again).