If you’ve been shopping for an engagement ring, you’ve probably come across hundreds of different styles and designs – and the fact that you’re still shopping probably means that you haven’t found that perfect ring. You can keep on shopping, or you can visit your neighborhood jeweler and explore the option of a custom made engagement ring. This guide to custom engagement rings is here to help make sure the ring you give is perfect.
Having a ring custom made ensures you – and most importantly, she – will get the ring of her dreams. It will be an engagement ring like no one else’s, a unique and lasting statement of your love.
Giving a custom engagement ring can be an incredibly rewarding experience. And to make it even easier, we’ve put together this guide for some things you should consider for your meeting with your jeweler.
Ask the Jeweler How Long It Will Take.
If you’re planning to propose on a special day, you’ll need to know when you can get your custom engagement ring from the jeweler. Assume it will take at least two weeks to make a ring with a straightforward design. A complex design, or one that requires the jeweler to match stones, can take five to six weeks or longer.
Find Out What Diamond Shape She Prefers.
Expect your jeweler to ask about diamond shape, as the shape of the diamond will help determine the overall ring design. There are numerous choices: round, square, oval, pear, marquise, heart, and more.
If you’re not sure which shape to pick, notice the shape of the gemstones in his/her favorite jewelry to get an insight. The round brilliant cut diamond is the most popular shape and cutting style for engagement rings. However, the square brilliant cut, often referred to by the trade name princess cut, is popular as well. In addition, you can combine multiple shapes into the design of the ring and add a halo setting.
Pick a Ring Style.
You have endless options when selecting a custom engagement ring style: classic, edgy, vintage, modern, and more.
How do you decide the right ring style for your intended? Pinterest can be your friend. Ask friends to share images of rings and jewelry they may have shared. Pay attention to clothing styles. Does your fiancé have a more tailored wardrobe or are they fashion-forward? Conservative or likes to raise eyebrows? How about the décor in their (or your) home: Is it traditional or funky? Is it streamlined or ornate?
The way your partner dresses and decorates the home tells you a lot about their preferred style. Chances are they’ll love a ring that reflects it.
Pick a Color Palette
Platinum or white gold rings with colorless diamonds are a classic choice. But you have lots of alternatives available if you want to experiment.
- Metals: Platinum, white gold, rose gold, yellow gold, or two-tone combinations are some of your options. The metal can also have a variety of finishes, including a bright polish (shiny), a matte finish (a flatter look), or a textured surface. Alternative metals might be a possibility too if you’re looking for something unusual. Read up on white metals.
- Diamonds: If you opt for colorless diamonds, check out the GIA color chart to see the gradations of color in the D-to-Z color range. Colored diamonds are another option and can be used to spice up your ring.
- Colored gemstones come in every color of the rainbow, and can be used as a center stone or as side stones.
Know His or Her Ring Size.
We saved the easiest for last. Be sure to know the ring size of your beloved before meeting with a jewelry designer!
We hope this custom engagement ring guide is helpful on your journey to wedded bliss. Getting engaged is a wonderful moment in your life. So is designing a custom made engagement ring for your future fiancée. Now, go have some fun!
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