Finding the perfect engagement ring can take you all over the globe as far as the Ponte Vecchio in Florence, Italy or as near as the LA Jewelry District. With a wide variety of destinations made famous for their selection of gold, platinum and diamonds, you and your intended can tie both together and make it a romantic getaway.

Florence, Italy – The Ponte Vecchio

Making the decision to purchase the ideal engagement ring depends on your bride-to-be. Does she like antiques, traditional or the hottest trends in jewelry? The decision should also be based on your budget. The Ponte Vecchio is an historic part of Florence, Italy known for its gold.

The jewelry shops are constructed over the Arno River in Florence. Known for its great food, shops, scenic beauty and history, the area would make the ideal choice for a trip to choose an engagement ring. Diamonds, gold and marcasite are some of the favorites, but you should be well educated on the merchandise and prices before making a final purchase.

Los Angeles

Another great location for a romantic shopping trip is to the LA jewelry District in Los Angeles. The area is comprised of more than 3,000 wholesale and retail establishments selling popular items from wedding and engagement rings to watches and necklaces. In addition to an array of trained experts in the jewelry field, visitors will also find it an inviting and friendly environment and an ideal weekend excursion for two.

Couples will be amazed by the wide selection of goods displayed throughout the district, and the charming and unique architecture. Guests to the area will also want to check out Pershing Square. This historical landmark is located within the jewelry district and offers a scenic break from the hustle and bustle of the shopping scene.

Rue de la Paix Paris

When couples think of romance,Paris,France typically comes to mind. Located in the rue de la Paix is a fashionable district best known for its upper end jewelry stores and luxury watches. Cartier, Chanel, Poiray, Van Cleef & Arpels and Dior are just a few of the shops visitors to the area have to select from. For those with a passion for gold, diamonds, silver and only the finest gemstones, you won’t find a better spot for selecting the perfect engagement ring.

Hatton Garden, London

Hatton Gardenin London is considered the center of the UK diamond trade and home to some of the most prestigious jewelry establishments. The surrounding area has been the primary focus of the jewelry trade since ancient times. Over 300 of the businesses in Hatton Gardenare related to the jewelry industry. One of the largest, well-known companies known for dominating the diamond trade is De Beers. Visitors will also find the area teeming with history, restaurants and a host of other things to do and see in London.

Getting engaged is one of the happiest times in a couples’ life and choosing the ring should be a fun experience. Traveling to Los Angeles, France, Italy, London and beyond can combine both into a romantic adventure you won’t forget.

Author Georgina Clatworthy combined shopping for her engagement ring with a trip to Sri Lanka where she had her ring custom designed by the master Goldsmiths in the city of Kandy. Couples visiting LA, should make a visit to the LA jewelry district and to Icing On The Ring, where they will find stunning diamond engagement rings as well as other beautiful pieces of jewelry, designed and created by master craftsmen to the highest quality standards.