How to Design the Perfect Custom Engagement Ring
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 and creation process with a preview of your design in wax form, the ability to make adjustments and finally, the stunning final creation.
With our helpful tips, you can understand what to expect and get a head start on the custom ring planning process.
Creating a custom ring can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months. Factors such as the complexity of your design, our jewelers’ workload or how many times you adjust the design of your piece can impact the timeline. Be sure to plan ahead and give yourself plenty of time to have your custom creation finished 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 Rings on to See How They Look
As there are so many styles, you can get inspiration for what you prefer in your custom design by trying on different rings. Seeing how a ring tangibly looks on your fiancée’s finger can give you confidence in designing a custom ring. 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 designer on your specific design.
Find a Jeweler Whose Aesthetic Mirrors Your Own Style
As you’ll be spending a lot of time collaborating with a jeweler and trusting them to create your desired piece, find one that is reputable and has extensive experience creating one-of-a-kind pieces. You also want to make sure that their quintessential style matches your preferred aesthetics, as sometimes they may have an excellent idea as a starting point that you can add your unique style to.
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
The beauty of creating a custom engagement ring is that you get to pick the particular gemstones. We recommend choosing a diamond as your centerpiece as it can stand up to the elements of daily wear. As for the size and style of stone, we can give you a full evaluation such as what to look for and how to read a diamond certificate so you can be confident in your choice. We can also provide professional guidance in selecting the ideal carat weight to suit your vision and 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 four ‘Cs’ to find the perfect gemstone for your design.
Decide on a Setting
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, cathedral, bar, flush, channel, vintage, cluster and more. If that seems overwhelming, you can rest assured knowing that our designer is exceptionally skilled at taking a client’s vision for a custom ring and bringing it to fruition.
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 a better idea of the ring style you prefer, collaborate with our team to design your custom creation. Our talented designer will create a custom sketch of your vision so you can see the final aesthetics and make any adjustments. We understand that this representation still has a few limitations in letting you comprehend how the final ring will look, so we can also provide you 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
When you collaborate with our designers and craftspeople, we give you a detailed quote and timeline estimate for your custom ring. We can book a preview appointment for you to confirm the design and let you know when you can expect to collect the completed ring. This exceptional customer service can help you plan out your budget and ensure you have the ring when you’re ready to propose.
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.