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Fall is a prime time for ring shopping, ahead of the holiday (and engagement) season. Last year, six of the 10 most popular dates to get engaged landed in December, according to a report from WeddingWire.com.
"Engagement season starts at Thanksgiving, and it runs through Valentine's Day, with a concentration at Christmas and New Year's," said Anne Chertoff, trends expert for WeddingWire. "It's family time… they want to show mom and dad the ring, and pop some Champagne."