Should I purchase a wide gamut monitor?

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My wife is a professional photographer. She uses Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS5 to do her edits. I am trying to buy her a new monitor. So far, my research has found out that there are "standard gamut" monitors and "extended gamut monitors". The standards are around 72% of NTSC and near 100% sRGB (16.7M colors). The extended gamut monitors are around 100% NTSC and 1.07B colors.

I believe she typically edits in sRGB and prints photos at mpixpro (which i believe assumes sRGB but i'm not sure about that). She frequently saves a copy of her raw images as JPGs and then shares them on the web.

Having said all of that, I'm perplexed as to whether or not I should buy an extended/wide gamut monitor or a standard gamut? I've read places that say you should go "extended/wide" and then I've read places where it says you'll have problems with your photos looking right on the web if you use a wide gamut.

If she isn't going to print her own photos and her lab is probably only using sRGB, should she just stick with sRGB and a standard gamut monitor? Should she switch to a wider gamut for editing and then when she saves her edited image into a JPG does it then save a color profile to make the image look right in internet browsers, etc.? Will the embedded profile make the picture be printed correctly at the lab?

I want her images to look as fantastic as they can but i want them to (1) look right online, (2) look right on her customer's computers, and (3) print correctly.
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