Designing a one-of-a-kind engagement ring that perfectly represents your personality and love for one another is an exciting process. You can have the final say on the center stone, metal and design elements to create something that your bride-to-be will adore wearing every day. While the task of planning and producing a gorgeous engagement ring may feel overwhelming, our talented jewelers can assist you through every step of the design process with model wax casting, adjustments and stunning final creation.
With our helpful tips, you can understand what to expect and get a head start on the custom ring planning process.
Start the Custom Jewelry Design Process Early
Creating a custom ring can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. Factors such as the complexity of your design, the jeweler’s workload or how many times you adjust your ring design can impact your timeline. Be sure to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to produce your custom creation before proposing or, if you’re planning on designing the ring together, leave ample time before the wedding to ensure you have the ring for your special day.
Try Other Engagement Rings on to See How They Look
You can get inspiration for what you like or don’t want in your custom design by trying on different rings. Visit various jewelers to see which styles look beautiful on your fiancée’s finger. You can also scroll through Pinterest or Instagram and save photos of ring styles that you love and use these as visual cues when collaborating with the jeweler on your design.
Find an Engagement Ring Jeweler Whose Aesthetic Mirrors Your Own Style
As you’ll be spending a lot of time collaborating with a trained jeweler and trusting them to create your desired piece, find one that is reputable and has extensive experience creating one-of-a-kind jewelry. You also want to make sure that their quintessential style matches your preferred aesthetics, as sometimes they may have an excellent idea for a base that you can add your unique style to with gemstones and metal bands.
Choose Your Metal
You can select the ideal metal to suit your style when choosing a custom engagement ring. Traditionally, rings have been yellow gold. However, there are now numerous band options, including white gold, platinum and even rose gold, titanium and palladium.
Select a Special Stone
Whether you select a diamond or prefer other gemstones, the beauty of creating a custom engagement ring is that you get to pick the particular stone. You can even highlight your favorite color or use a birthstone. Just keep in mind when choosing your carat weight that while increasing the range can change the appearance of the stone, it can also have a significant impact on your budget.
Cut, Clarity and Color
The other features that impact how a gemstone glimmers include cut, clarity and color. Once you know which type of stone you desire in your custom ring, our team can take you through these three ‘Cs’ to find the perfect gemstone for your design.
Decide on a Engagement Ring Setting Style
The setting you select for your stone will impact the aesthetics of your ring. You can choose numerous settings for your final design, including halo, prong, Tiffany, cathedral, bar, flush, channel, vintage, cluster and more. Be sure to select a setting that beautifully complements your diamond cut.
Consider Your Wedding Band
You should keep in mind the type of wedding bands you’ll want when designing an engagement ring. Whether you want your band to sit flush with the engagement ring or whether you don’t mind having a small gap between the two will influence your final design.
Collaborate on a Sketch and Wax Model
After doing some research to get you a better idea of the ring style you prefer, collaborate with our team to design your custom creation. While some jewelers will create a sketch of your ring, we use state-of-the-art computer-aided design software to help finalize your design. We understand that this representation still has a few limitations in letting you comprehend what the final ring will look like, so we also provide our clients with a wax casting. This technique allows you to view and try on a wax model of the final product and express any concerns or confirm the design.
Allow Time for Casting and Further Customization
Once you approve the design, be sure to ask about the timeframe for casting and setting the ring, as well as get a cost estimate. This information can help you plan out your budget and ensure you have the ring when you’re ready to propose. While the ring can be cast and cleaned and the stones set, our jewelers hand-carve intricate designs rather than relying on computer technology alone.
Create and Design A Custom Engagement Ring with JPratt Designs
Collaborate with our talented and experienced design team and jewelers for a unique custom engagement ring that suits your bride-to-be and is a beautiful representation of your love.