Custom engagement rings are an ideal option if you’re looking for something that’s uniquely yours. When you create a custom engagement ring, you can tailor every last detail of your ring to perfectly suit you, from its design to its materials. This allows you to create the ring of your dreams, a ring that truly tells your unique love story as a couple.
If you’re considering going custom for your engagement ring, read on to learn everything you need to know about creating a custom engagement ring. Below, we’ll share insider tips that will help you understand things like the custom creation timeline, your design options, how collaborating with a jeweler works, and more.
If you want to create a custom engagement ring, one of the most important things to consider is your timeline. Creating a custom ring design takes longer than buying a pre-made engagement ring, since you’ll need time to design your ring, approve each step of the design process, and wait for your ring to be made. It can take anywhere from a few weeks to a couple of months to create a custom engagement ring. So if you want a custom ring, be sure to start the design process early, well before your planned proposal date.
2. Always Set Your Budget
Always set your budget before you start the custom design process. Then, be sure to share your maximum budget with your jeweler before you begin collaborating on your ring. There are many things that can change the cost of a custom engagement ring, like your choice of precious metal, your gemstones, and the complexity of your design. If your jewelry designer knows your maximum spend amount before you start the ring design process, they can keep that in mind as they help you design your custom ring.
3. Share Your Inspiration With Your Jeweler
Many people go custom because they already have a specific design in mind. If that’s the case for you, consider bringing your jeweler pictures of the things you want or a sketch of your ideas.
Then, if you aren’t completely sure what you want for your custom design, take some time to do some research and get inspired. Look at pre-made engagement rings and save images of ones you like, making sure to note what you like about them (Pinterest is a great tool for this). Then, bring your inspiration board to your jeweler and start talking about what you love in your inspiration images. Your jeweler can help you discover what you prefer in an engagement ring (for example, solitaire prong settings over bezel ring settings, antique styles over modern styles, etc.) and use your preferences as a jumping off point for your custom design.
4. Choose Your Precious Metal
One of the best things about creating a custom engagement ring is being able to choose the exact materials you want. For example, for your precious metal, you can go with a traditional metal, like yellow gold, white gold, or platinum. Or, you can pick something a bit more unique, like rose gold, titanium, palladium, or mixed metal design. Before you head into your custom design appointment, consider all your precious metal options and see if there are any you’re particularly drawn to.
5. Choose Your Center Stone and Side Stones
While white diamonds are the most traditional gemstone for an engagement ring, you have so many gemstone options you can choose from when you go custom. You could opt for a colored diamond, like a blue, pink, or yellow diamond. You could select a precious gemstone, like a blue sapphire, a ruby, or an emerald. Or, you can choose a semi-precious gemstone, like an aquamarine, an amethyst, or a citrine. Then, you can also choose to select many different types of gemstones or diamonds to create a highly detailed and unique look. When you create a custom-made engagement ring, the sky’s the limit!
With so many center diamond and gemstone options, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with their different types, styles, colors, and shapes while you search for inspiration for your ring. If you know you want a white diamond ring, focus your time on looking at the different diamond shapes and understanding the 4Cs (diamond color, cut, clarity, and carat). If you think you want something a bit less traditional than a white diamond, spend some time learning about all your colored diamond and gemstone options.
6. Enjoy the Process
Our last tip is simple but very important: remember to relax and enjoy the custom creation process. Creating your own engagement ring can sometimes be overwhelming, since there are so many options to choose from. But if you ever get stressed during the custom design process, just remember why you’re doing it. And if you still feel a bit overwhelmed by the process, ask your jeweler for guidance. Your jeweler is there to help guide you, answer any questions you may have, and make sure your custom creation experience is enjoyable and memorable.
Simply Majestic is your source for unique, fine jewelry. Owned and operated by Susette Tibus and Chuck Sneddon, Simply Majestic is located at 59 Williams Avenue in Mystic, CT. Whether searching for a traditional engagement ring; or a custom-design, our team will help with every jewelry need. Simply Majestic has a beautiful and extensive selection of wedding rings, bracelets, necklaces, diamonds, loose diamonds, gemstones, watches, earrings, charms and pendants.
From repair to re-design; from remount to restoration – or custom jewelry creations – enjoy the comfort of knowing utmost care of your treasures is top priority. Simply Majestic will clean your jewelry at no charge. Our repairs are legendary – from simple sizing to total restorations for antique and vintage jewelry. We set the standards others try to follow and while your jewelry is here to be serviced, why not get an up-to-date appraisal for your insurance company. You can be the designer – using your creativity with Simply Majestic’s Digital Design Studio – new technology meets old world craftsmanship. Design on our website or come to our store. We can’t wait to help you start your journey!