Nothing says “I love you” more than a custom designed engagement ring. The fact that you took the time to create the ring yourself shows your beloved that you thought about the design that will wrap around her finger for years to come. This is a poignant gesture and is ten times more than buying a ready-made piece of jewelry.
Creating your own engagement ring allows you to add specific qualities that your fiancee likes. You can mix and match different looks and styles that you know will bring a smile to her face. For example, if your fiancee is a nature lover, you can easily embellish the ring band with a row of ivy or tiny birds. These qualities are not found in pre-produced engagement rings.
There are a few things to consider before heading to the store and ordering your custom engagement band. You want this ring to be perfect since a marriage proposal is one of the most important events in your life, and you want her to say “yes”.
Well established jeweler
The jeweler you choose should have an excellent reputation within the community, as well as on the Internet. You should ask family, friends, and co-workers if the jewelry you are considering is a good choice and if any of them have personal experience dealing with the store. Take your friend’s recommendation seriously, as they have no reason to lie to you.
If the jeweler has a web presence, read the most recent reviews left on the company’s website and refer to reviews listed on popular business review sites like Yelp. or Angie’s List. Again, take these criticisms seriously, as people who leave comments have no reason to lie. However, if you find a bad review amid numerous good reviews, you can probably just dismiss it as a disgruntled customer having a bad day.
You also want to make sure that the gemstone you are purchasing comes certified by the Gemological Institute of America, Inc. (GIA). A responsible jeweler should be able to show you the GIA report without asking questions.
Start your search in plenty of time
This is a no-brainer in terms of personalized jewelry. You don’t want to start looking for a jewelry store to create your custom ring right before you plan to ask the question. Finding a great jeweler itself takes time, not to mention the time it takes to design the ring. Take at least six months to complete the entire process.
Know what to look for in a diamond
Anyone looking for a diamond ring, pendant, necklace, bracelet, etc. You should be familiar with the four Cs: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Know that the higher the diamond is ranked in the four Cs, the better the quality of the gemstone you will get. However, this also means that the part will be more expensive than its lower-ranked counterparts.
Once you’ve become familiar with the 4 Cs, it’s time to determine what your budget will be. You need to secure a solid budget for yourself before setting foot in a jewelry store. It’s so easy to overspend once your eyes are on all those gorgeous engagement rings, especially if you’re getting inspiration for a custom design.
Consider custom-designing a wedding band / engagement ring set
If you want both rings to complement each other, set them at the same time with the same jewelry box. This ensures that the rings will sport the same style, cut, color, and clarity. This option will also save you money, as most jewelry stores offer special packages.