If you can’t find an engagement ring that features everything you’re wanting in a ring, designing a bespoke engagement ring may be the perfect option. But where to start? This guide will give you the essential to need-to-know details to prepare for your bespoke ring consultation.
Step 1: Browse and research
Have a look at what engagement rings are already available and note down the elements you love about each one. There’s a reason you don’t want to purchase an off-the-shelf ring, so even write down what you don’t like – this way you won’t waste any time designing a ring with features you don’t want.
While you’re browsing the rings it’s also a good idea to make a note of the details including:
- Carat (if applicable)
Step 2: Consider the gem and budget
When you’ve been looking at rings for enough time, you may find yourself drawn to one particular style or jewel. Deciding on what stone you want in the center will also affect the price so have a clear budget in mind.
If your budget is in the lower end but you’re favoring a rose gold band with pink diamonds, swap it for morganite, which has pink hues and brilliant clarity and also looks equally as beautiful paired with rose gold.
Step 3: Define the budget
The budget of the ring may be as stressful as choosing the perfect one. You’ll have a good idea of how size and color will affect the price, but now you should have a fixed number in mind that you’re not willing to go over.
If you’ve noticed that rings with one stone are your budget, you know that adding loads around it may go over. This is something you should consider when it’s time to design your ring. The good thing about custom making your ring is that you can tell the consultant your maximum budget and they can work to achieve a gorgeous ring within it.
Step 4: Raise any concerns
Once you feel ready to start planning your ring with the consultant, be sure to get any concerns out of the way at the beginning. For example, if your significant other has a job that is active and strenuous on the hands, consider a stone that ranks high on the Mohs hardness scale (which tests the strength of minerals). Diamonds are a 10 on the scale, the strongest on the scale – a pearl is just 2.5 meaning it can tarnish very easily.
Step 5: Don’t lose track of time
Bear in mind that waiting times for the ring may vary, so be sure to plan well in advance of the date you want to pop the question – if you’ve set your heart on a date and the ring won’t be ready, have a little backup plan while the unique piece of jewelry is being made – they’ll understand once the proposal is done and you tell them they have a custom-made, one-of-a-kind ring on the way.