Are you ready to take the next step forward in your relationship? Is she dropping not-so-subtle hints that she wants a Summer or Fall wedding and you're feeling the time crunch? When you know you're ready to propose, you've got to be thinking about the ring. And not just any ring - THE ring. The one she'll wear every day for the rest of forever and that fits her uniqueness so well. But we know, the choices can be a bit overwhelming - there are so many different styles of diamond engagement rings to choose from, but there may be a better option for you: creating your own custom diamond engagement ring!
Tips for Creating a Custom Diamond Engagement Ring
Many couples choose to create a custom diamond engagement ring that, to them, fits their unique relationship and personalities. Most women have at least some idea of what they want in a ring (if not the entire idea), and you have the opportunity to make her dreams come true by creating a custom ring. This process is, well, just that: a process. So, here are some tips we have for you if you're considering going the custom engagement ring route.
Start Planning Sooner Rather Than Later
The process of creating a custom engagement ring can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on your design and the craftsmanship it requires from a jeweler. Knowing that, if you know when you'd like to propose, you'll want to plan ahead a few months to ensure the ring is ready by then.
You'll often hear of the "Four C's of Diamonds" when educating yourself on diamond jewelry, and these include:
Depending on your choice for each of these for your custom diamond engagement ring, you're looking at varying times and skills required to create your ring.
Collect Inspiration and Figure Out Budget
When you are deciding on the right carat weight, cut, color, and clarity of your custom diamond engagement ring, you'll want to create some sort of visual inspiration "board" to pull ideas from and that you can use to show your jeweler what you are envisioning. Many men choose to snoop on their partner's Pinterest board to see what she may like, and then they do research on their own on platforms like Instagram or by browsing ring catalogs. Pick and choose from images you like based on:
- Ring bands
- Jewel setting styles on ring bands
- Colors of the gemstones
- Cuts of the diamond
- Metals she likes (i.e. gold, rose gold, silver, platinum, etc)
- and so on
Determining a budget can be one of the more nerve-racking parts of choosing a ring design. There are many choices when it comes to ring design (and not all will fit your budget), but if you find yourself feeling overwhelmed then you can always come into one of our stores and we can help you narrow down your ideas to match your budget.
Remember to Decide on a Wedding Band
Engagement rings aren't the end-all. You still have to choose a wedding band that goes with it! This is a good thing to consider when creating your engagement ring, as you'll need to incorporate it with the wedding band.
Wedding bands come in all shapes and sizes, and they are customizable to your engagement ring (for the most part, depending on what you choose). When choosing a wedding band to go with your custom engagement ring, you'll want to consider the following:
- Which types of metal will complement your engagement ring
- If you want it to stack or connect in a way that makes it look like it's a set
- If you stack it, you'll want to consider getting it sautered or keeping it as a separate stack
- Whether or not you want diamonds or other gemstones built into the wedding band
- How easy sizing will be (when in doubt, size up! It's easier to take away from a ring than it is to add to it.)