Let’s make this clear. Every single serious relationship has a source of unique love that it flows from. Unless you’re not really committed, it certainly follows that you should find an engagement ring that does a good job in expressing that unique love. The engagement ring should be fitting to both your love and the finger that’ll carry it for an entire lifetime (we hope!).
Obviously, the details of this uniquely perfect ring will differ from couple to couple. Many will find that perfect engagement ring by combining the several elements that go into making a custom ring. These include factors such as the diamond stone, its setting, metal(s), band style, engravings, etc. and these elements would be used as the building blocks to make that unique expression of their love – all wrapped into that lovely little engagement ring.
On the other hand, others may choose to build on an engagement ring that already suits them, and further personalize it to their satisfaction.
If you’ve already made the decision to go with a fully customized engagement ring, then it helps to take the following factors into consideration so you can get yourself (I mean her) the best ring possible!
Before diving into making a customized engagement ring, it helps to know some of the negatives and positives of doing so.
Making a custom designed engagement ring has many benefits that include:
In the meanwhile, any smart buyer should consider some trade-offs when creating a customized ring:
Obviously the particulars will vary according to your needs and the jeweler you go with, but in general, here’s what you can expect:
As a starting point, ask yourself this question: Do I have any sort of vision for the ring I want?
Remember that wanting something ‘unique’ isn’t a good reason for you to decide on a customized ring because any already-existing engagement ring can be made to look unique with further add-ons..
If you answered ‘yes’ to the question, then you should at least begin by outlining the idea or vision of this ring. If your idea is still too broad, you can get ideas by visiting jewelry stores or browsing online. You may look for mixed metal designs, unique settings, etc. that may catch your eye.
Throughout this strategizing process, keep in mind that the more specific you get, the better the jeweler will know what you want, and therefore the more likely you’ll end up having the custom ring you want and she’ll like.
Try to start with a jeweler you know and trust since many times they either have an in-house master jeweler that can help, or they can refer you to someone with the necessary skill and credibility. Otherwise you can turn to referrals from family and friends or research custom jewelers in your area with a good reputation and go from there.
Regardless though, when looking for any jewelry, make sure to ask for some previous work and keep in mind that the jeweler may add his or her personal touch (as is normal for any artist), so make sure you actually like these personal touches before having them applied to your particular custom ring, or ask they not be applied.
At this point, you have a strategic vision for your ring and a trusted, reputable jeweler. Now you should make sure to communicate everything you can about your vision, your relationship, your plans for engagement, and don’t forget your fiance’s tastes and personal preferences!
Once the custom engagement ring design is underway, make sure to ask for some kind of mockup whether as a CAD file or a wax preview, anything to give you an idea of the final product. This way, you can visualize it and offer any feedback or potential requests for modifications before reaching a point of no return.
Although the jeweler is definitely the expert and would have years of knowledge, experience, and passion for the job, remember that this is your ring and your money so don’t let any hesitation or intimidation stop you from asking questions or pointing out any concerns.
Although you’ll be working with your jeweler to decide on many other elements for the custom ring besides the actual stone, this is such a a huge part of the ring that it’s better to be fully informed on what criteria to take into consideration when choosing your diamond (if choosing a diamond).
In general, you’ll want to think of the Four Cs when choosing any diamond. These include:
Cut. This is the most important of the 4 Cs since it directly impacts the diamond’s sparkle. Even if all the other Cs are perfect, a diamond can appear dull if not cut correctly. Badly cut diamonds usually have a dark center when you look directly at the top of it (known as a ‘fisheye’). Refer to badly cut diamonds in a previous article on our site.
Color. The color actually refers to a diamond’s lack of color. The less the color, the higher the grade. Pure colorless diamonds are very rare and extremely expensive. White diamonds (with little color) are generally what people look for although there are many colors on the spectrum.
Clarity. This is often the least important of the 4 Cs since these include very tiny imperfections, usually invisible with the naked eye. But make sure you ask about it when selecting your diamond.
Carat. The carat refers to the total weight of a diamond- not it’s size like many mistakenly assume. As you may already know, the higher the carat, the more expensive the diamond.
Refer to our article on how to choose a diamond for your engagement ring to get great info on this topic.
When it comes to your transaction, make sure you’re a bit more cautious with custom engagement rings by asking for warranties and other possible guarantees on your customized ring. Definitely ask for everything in writing, from what elements are supposed to be included as well as anything else agreed upon.
Lastly, even though the value of the ring is worth far more in sentimental value than in monetary terms, make sure to insure your ring if possible.