In years past, shopping for an engagement ring was a tough prospect. What you saw on the shelves was what was available. The fear of getting a ring she wouldn’t love was real. The possible number of different engagement rings is quite large when you consider all of the combinations of metals, stones, cuts, and settings.
Fortunately, for would-be suitors, there are now tools you can use to create your own custom engagement ring and get an idea of what it looks like before you buy. Buyers can observe which rings their partners wear and use those qualities as hints. Here are the things you’ll need to consider in order to create a custom ring.
The stone may be the highlight, but the metal of the ring is the fundamental support. There are four main metals used in custom engagement rings: platinum, white gold, yellow gold, and rose gold. All of these metals are durable, do not tarnish easily, and won’t discolor fingers.
Diamonds are by far the most popular stone for engagement rings. Over centuries of experimentation, jewelers have found several different diamond shapes that capture the brilliance of a diamond while enabling it to be merged with a piece of metal to create jewelry. Stone shapes include:
- Princess (square with a large flat face)
- Emerald (a particular cut like a square step pyramid)
- Marquise (lens-shaped)
- Pear (like a teardrop)
The setting is the arrangement of stones on a piece of jewelry and the fine connections jewelers make to set stones securely on an engagement ring. The choice of your center stone shape will determine which settings you can use and what shape surrounding stones will have to be to complete the setting.
For instance, a solitaire setting uses one single large stone and a thin band of metal to show it off. Three stone settings use three stones side-by-side. Halos are like solitaires, but the center stone is surrounded by a ring of smaller stones. Those are just a few of the many setting possibilities.
Finally, the actual stone has to be selected. Jewelers rate diamonds on the Four C’s, cut, clarity, carat, and color, all of which you can learn about on our diamond education pages. A higher quality stone means a more expensive price, but you may be surprised to know that differences between the highest grades are usually undetectable to the naked eye. Unless your partner has a habit of looking at stones with a jeweler’s loupe, you can find plenty of affordable stones that will still sparkle enough to win her heart.
Grogan Jewelers does offer custom engagement ring services. You can get an idea of what is possible by using our ring creation page located here. However, our web page will only show you a little of what’s possible. That’s why we’re holding a special event this week to explain our custom engagement ring process and show you what is possible with today’s jewelry techniques.
If you are in the market for an engagement ring, we recommend you come visit our store during the Bridal Event. Earn $1,000 store credit when you spend $3,000. We look forward to helping create a memorial engagement by offering the highest quality in engagement rings.