How to Design a Custom Engagement Ring for Your Love
You may be a few months or a year away from tying the knot. But before you exchange vows and say “I do”, you need to propose first and dish out an awe-inspiring engagement ring for your special one. If so, you’re most likely thinking of the perfect engagement ring that suits your partner’s personality. While there are plenty of designs to choose from in the market, having it customized is more sentimental and significant. Fortunately, this guide can help you out with that.
How to Customize an Engagement Ring For Your Love
Gather Pictures for Reference
Looking for Engagement rings can be overwhelming. As mentioned, there are plenty of designs to choose from. To lessen the complexity, one thing you can do is gather pictures to use as a reference. Fortunately, there are places where you can find images of engagement rings—such as imageboards, social media sites, and various jewelry shops.
In a survey, 42% of ring buyers visited more than two jewelry shops to compare the ring’s price and quality. You can do this to gather ideas to customize your engagement ring. Also, don’t hesitate to borrow design elements from existing rings. After all, you want the best ring for your partner.
Find a Jeweler to Customize Your Engagement Ring
To ensure that you’ll get the ring you want, you should look for a jeweler that makes a ring with designs you like or appreciate. If you plan to visit different jewelry shops, you can also consult them about whether they customize rings or not.
The process may be time-consuming, so you may want to do this first, as you should expect it may take time for rings to be made. And by the time you’ll propose or get married, you’d want your ring to be ready.
Aside from that, if your design has flaws, a jeweler of your liking will be able to fix those flaws without heavily conflicting with your preferences. In addition, if you fail to finish a ring design, you can allow the jeweler to complete the design for you and even place their signature design on your ring.
Determine the Metal You Want
The most popular choice for engagement rings is white gold. Some other options you have are yellow and rose gold, platinum, silver, and palladium. However, since you want a custom ring, you may want to put heavy consideration into the metal you’ll use.
Your choice of metal varies depending on your budget, design, and whichever you think your partner will love. If you’re on a tight budget, you may want to look into recycled metals.
Choose the Best Stone
The central stone is the primary and common difference between a wedding ring and an engagement ring. While it’s typical for engagement rings to have no rocks nowadays, you’re free to have one for your engagement ring.
When choosing a stone, you can decide however you like. You may select one based on appearance. Or you may choose the stone based on symbolism. But remember: the most important here is to take your time, especially if you opt to buy a diamond.
And, of course, you can also base your decision on how expensive the stone is. After all, the center stone is the most costly part of an engagement ring most of the time. However, know that you don’t need to force yourself to buy an expensive diamond. Besides diamonds, you can opt for moissanite, sapphire, or emerald.
Select a Cut for the Stone
In addition to the kind of stone you want for the ring, you should also decide on the cut. There are common cuts available for engagement rings. For instance, there’s a round, princess, heart, cushion, oval, and other cuts. Each cut exudes different characteristics, and you should find the best one that would match your partner.
On the other hand, you also can get a raw or uncut stone. However, know that it has some complications, especially regarding the band, setting, and the ring itself.
Choose the Style of Your Engagement Ring Setting
The ring setting is how the stone will sit on top of the ring. It completes the ring and determines the size and number of stones you can set on the ring. The most common popular setting style for engagement rings is solitaire because of its simplicity.
Some of the other engagement ring settings are the following:
Consider Your Wedding Band As Well
Since you’re already designing your engagement ring, don’t forget about the wedding band. These bands are different from those who’ll play a song at your wedding for those uninitiated. This will be your wedding ring—it’s often referred to as a band as people often refer to the engagement ring as the ring.
Your partner may want to wear the ring and the band together on formal occasions. And you wouldn’t want those two rings’ designs to clash. So as early as now, be sure to consider what will be the appearance of the band when you start designing the ring. Also, you may save some money if you let the same jeweler work on both the engagement ring and wedding bands.
With this guide, you’ll be able to custom design your partner’s engagement ring. Remember that you should work fast on this since jewelers may take some time before finishing the actual ring. They take time to do, and some of them may have a line of customers waiting for them to complete their orders.