How to design your own engagement ring
You’ve talked and dreamed together of getting married, now it’s time to actually get down on one knee. You are unique in your own way and need an engagement ring as unique as you. Something that shines bright with your personality. You’ll wear your engagement ring every day so it should be something you truly love and feel proud to flaunt around. Designing your own engagement ring gives you the ability to get exactly what you want. Here is our expert guide to custom design your own engagement ring.
1. Start the design process early
As the old saying goes, good things take time. Similarly, custom-designed engagement rings take time to design and craft. Depending on your design it can take anywhere from a few weeks to months to complete. Keep this in mind when planning to get engaged, the earlier you start the design process the better.
2. Get inspired
When you design your own ring, you can get inspiration anywhere. Visit the websites of your favourite jewellers and make a collection of items that you like. Pinterest is a wonderful resource with images of different styles of rings, create a board filled with ideas. You can take different elements of different rings; like the colour of one ring and the stone setting of another – combine the ideas.
3. Find a jeweller
This is a crucial part of the design process. You want to go through the process with a reputable jeweller that knows what they are doing. Find a jeweller that is already creating rings that mirror the style you’re looking to create. Working with a jewellery designer whose style is similar to what you have in mind will ensure you end up with a ring you adore. Browse around different jewellery stores to find something you like; your heart will lead the way.
4. Choose your metal
The base of your ring is an important part of the design process. Traditionally, engagement rings are made from yellow gold, white gold, silver or platinum. However, when you design your own ring you can choose any metal you prefer. Rose gold, titanium and even recycled metals are options to consider. Something to keep in mind is that your metal colour and precious stone has to complement each other – choose carefully.
5. Select the perfect stone
Rule of thumb when selecting a stone, let your heart lead the way. When it comes to deciding on the perfect stone for your engagement ring it is important to follow your instincts. The moment you see the perfect stone you’ll know. You can decide if you want to go with a traditional diamond or you can choose a precious stone that you adore. This is the beauty of designing your own ring, YOU get to decide what YOU want. In terms of the value of a gemstone, the 4C’s are important but don’t get caught up in how much it costs rather then what you love and adore.
6. Choose a cut
In addition to choosing a stone, you’ll also need to choose a cut. There are a number of various cut designs including round, oval, princess, emerald (just tot name a few). The cut is totally dependent on your preference. For a very unique design, you can also opt for an uncut or “raw” stone. Uncut stones don’t fit in any setting and are placed on your band as it came out of the earth, the setting is adjusted to the stone.
7. Decide on your setting
With regards to choosing a setting, there are even more settings to choose from than there are stone cuts. These include halo, tiffany, channel, shank, vintage (also just naming a few). The setting you choose is dependent on your preference but you must keep in mind the stone cut will influence your setting.
8. Ring size
Having the perfect custom-designed ring is wonderful, trying to slip a ring on your finger that is too small or way too big – not so wonderful. Make sure you know what your ring size is. Use our printable Ring Sizer Guide or visit us in store for a free ring sizing.
9. Don’t forget your wedding band
Useful hint; when designing your engagement ring keep your wedding band in mind. You can seamlessly pair your engagement ring and wedding band, ensuring they fit together in the overall look. An added bonus is that when you already have the wedding band designed and made it takes a hassle out of planning your wedding.
10. Sketch it out
If you are artsy, sketch out your ring design. Alternatively, ask your jeweller to sketch it out for you professionally. This will give you a visual of your custom design and ensure that you are satisfied with your idea. Make changes accordingly and ask for a rendering to visualize your custom design.
Consider your budget carefully. We understand that you want the biggest and brightest and only the best, but ensure you can afford it. But living with the financial burden of paying off a ring you simply can’t afford is not romantic at all. Be considerate about what you can spend and keep to it. A good jeweller will give you the best product according to your budget.