When browsing the market for engagement rings, you might find yourself tired of the design at a point or two. Almost all of the designs appear to be the same! Isn’t that so? At best, there are only minor differences in designs.
The only effective way of addressing this situation is to come up with your design and get yourself a custom engagement ring. It will be the only one of its kind – belonging only to you and your significant other.
But how to go about the process? How do you navigate?
Well, that’s exactly what we’ll cover in this post. We’ve enclosed a step-by-step guide on creating and designing a custom engagement ring.
How to create & design a custom engagement ring?
You cannot dive into the process of creating and designing a custom ring without a bit of prior knowledge. So, before you begin with it, make sure you keep a check on trending engagement ring designs now and then. Or discuss your engagement ring with experienced individuals like married friends, relatives, or your grandmother. They’ll give you bulks of handy knowledge.
Then begin with the process at least 1-3 months before your engagement.
1. Set Up a Budget
First, set up a definite budget. Determine the amount you can spend on your engagement ring.
Since you cannot be sure how much you’ll actually spend on your ring until you finalize the design, make sure you discuss the potential costs with engaged individuals and jewelers. Also, browse the potential costs on the internet.
2. Browse Designs within the Budget
Next, begin your hunt for inspiration. Search up your favorite engagement ring designers and jewelers and browse their designs that fall within your budget.
Since you’re not interested in buying a replica of the existing designs, take note of the elements you like in any design that appeals to you. Write it down on paper or list these attributes on your phone’s notepad. For reference, we recommend saving the picture on your phone (in a dedicated folder!).
3. Create a Mood Board
Once you have your ideas listed in one place, create a mood board. You can do this while collecting the ideas as well.
However, the difference between the last step and this step is specificity.
For example, say you’ve chosen to get yourself a Tanzanite engagement ring. Now, the mood board will only have variations of elements you want in this Tanzanite engagement ring.
It can include:
- Inspiration for the right size of Tanzanite
- Inspiration for the design of the band
- Inspiration for complementing metal
- Inspiration for one stone, multiple stones, or other designs
You can take inspiration from a diamond ring design for your Tanzanite ring too. But it’s best to stick to Tanzanite ring references and inspirations to be more realistic. At times, gemstones have drastic differences in their properties. And hence, not every gemstone is eligible for all kinds of styling and designing.
4. Take Help of a Creative to Sketch
After gathering your ideas in one place, make the final decisions. Answer the following:
- What stone and metal will the ring use?
- What should be the size of the stone(s) and the width of the metal band?
- What should be the alignment of the stones?
As soon as you have the answers, sketch a design on paper. If you do not find your drawing or sketching skills too perfect, take the help of a creative friend and ask them to do it for you. Alternatively, you can hire a hobbyist or professional artist, or jewelry designer to do it for you.
5. Look for a Skilled & Reputable Jeweler
You have the design in your hand, all you need now is a skilled hand to execute the idea. So, it’s time to begin looking for a jeweler.
Search for the best engagement ring stores or brands near me and look for a name that offers custom designing services.
6. Place Your Order!
Before entrusting the jeweler with your hopes, dreams, and money, research their reputation a bit. Check out what their previous clients have to say about them. If they’ve mainly received positive feedback, it’s a green signal.
Apart from that, we also recommend checking out the return and refund policy. In case their attempt to recreate the design you envisioned doesn’t work out well, you ought to have a backup with you!
Summing up, creating and designing a custom engagement ring is not easy. It’s a demanding and super creative process. But, of course, it’s all worth it. Whatever you create will only ever be one of its kind and truly unique!