HOW TO DESIGN YOUR OWN
Getting engaged is a big milestone for a lot of couples and part of that is picking out a ring. It’s not uncommon to find that the picture in your mind of the “perfect” engagement ring isn’t lining up with the options you have available to you. That’s why many couples opt to design their own ring.
Whether you’re designing the ring as a surprise or you’re working together to create a beautiful symbol of your relationship, here is what you need to know about creating your own engagement ring.
WHY CUSTOMIZE AN ENGAGEMENT RING?
Before you decide to design your own
custom engagement ring, ask yourself the following questions:
• Is it important to you to have a unique ring that no one else has?
• Do you have a very particular vision of your ideal ring?
• Do you want the ring to reflect your bond as a couple?
• Do you want to be part of the design process and be able to make changes along the way?
• Do you want the ring to be a surprise or would you like to design it together?
• What is your budget?
ENGAGEMENT RING CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS
There are a few ways you can approach creating your own engagement ring. From sketching a completely unique ring from scratch to starting with a specific diamond shape or style, the right approach will depend on the final piece you have in mind. You also have the option to personalize the ring with an engraving of your choice. No matter which approach you choose to take, consulting with an experienced jeweler will ensure the process goes smoothly.
THE CUSTOM ENGAGEMENT RING DESIGN PROCESS
Engagement rings can come in all shapes and sizes. When you start the design process, you’ll have a few decisions to make regarding the band metal (white gold vs. platinum), stones (diamonds vs. colored gemstones), cut (princess vs. cushion) and detailing. An experienced jeweler like the professionals at Jared’s custom design studio can guide you through the process. Here’s an idea of what to expect:
STEP 1: RESEARCH
Designing a custom engagement ring should start with an idea of what you want. Do you like vintage-inspired details or are you drawn to more of a clean, modern look? Take some time to do your research and save some photos of rings that incorporate trends you love. If you can, a rough sketch of what you have in mind can help communicate your vision.
STEP 2: DESIGN
Next, you’ll sit down with a jewelry designer to flesh out your ideas and come up with a design you’re happy with. An experienced jeweler will help guide you through the process and can give you advice on the best metal, diamond cut and overall design of the ring. Don’t be afraid to make suggestions or ask questions—the jeweler is there to help you bring your vision to life.
STEP 3: WAX MODEL
The jewelry designer will create an exact wax model replica for you to examine and approve. Now is your chance to provide your input and make any changes.
STEP 4: CAST & SET
Once you’ve given the go-ahead, Jared’s Master Craftsmen will cast your ring in the metal of your choice and set it with the diamonds or gemstones you picked out.
STEP 5: FINISHED PRODUCT
After the ring is polished and finished by hand, it’s ready for you to pick up. On average, it takes about three weeks from approving the model to finished product.
Jared has an extensive selection of engagement rings to suit any style.