4 Tips for Designing Your Own Custom Engagement Ring

An engagement ring is a major purchase, and a piece of jewelry you hope your soon-to-be-spouse will wear for the rest of their life.

Why choose something out of a jewelry case when you can design something completely unique and suited to your intended?

Here are 4 tips for designing the perfect custom engagement ring:

Do Your Research

Part of designing the right engagement ring is to find what will fit your partner’s personality, style, and wants.

If you’ve already discussed that a proposal is imminent, you can go ring shopping – virtually or in person – to get an idea of what they like. 

Do they want a diamond, or would another stone be a better choice? What about the cut of the stone, and its setting? Is there a specific time period or design era they particularly love and which you can use as inspiration for your design?

If you’re going to have to be sneaky about your research, do your best to peek around at other jewelry they own and their clothing style. These items can be really illuminating regarding a choice for an engagement ring and can at least give you a direction.

Your partner may also have a collection of inspiration on their own, housed on their Pinterest board or in their phone’s downloads folder. Without breaking their trust, see if you can sneak some peeks to get an idea of the things they like.

Gather Inspiration

Whether or not your partner is going to be going through the design process with you, collecting inspiration pictures is key to having a good starting point. 

If you’re comfortable creating a Pinterest board, you can make a private board where you save rings and other jewelry you think your partner would like. For those who don’t want to head to Pinterest, keeping a separate downloads folder on your phone or desktop of rings you like is helpful.

When you begin working with a jewelry designer, they will begin to see a pattern among your pictures that can help guide the design process.

Be Unique

As long as you’re designing a custom engagement ring, you might as well truly make it one-of-a-kind!

Don’t be afraid to test the waters of what you think of as an “engagement ring” and opt for ethically sourced diamonds, diamond simulants, colored gemstones, or even a stoneless engagement ring altogether.

Use your partner’s favorite colors or their birthstone as a starting point, and let your imagination run wild!

Start Early

Designing a custom engagement ring is a much longer process than simply going to the store and picking something out of the case.

If you’ve got a particular proposal date in mind, make sure you start the design process early enough that you and the designer have plenty of time to collaborate, hone the design, and then get the ring made before you pop the question.

It’s advised you start the design process a minimum of 6 to 8 weeks prior to the date you want the finished product in your hand, so plan accordingly and remember that starting earlier is always better.

Custom Engagement Rings in Frederick, MD

A custom engagement ring is more than just a symbol of your love; it can become a family heirloom that’s passed from generation to generation. At Gold Thumb Jewelry, our custom jewelry designers work with you to create a piece that’s truly suited to your visions, and we can work with all budgets. Contact us today to get started!

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