You might think that a custom engagement ring or wedding ring is not something that could be in your budget, but you are probably wrong. Custom rings are sometimes the only option if you want a unique style or need something to match another piece of jewelry that might be a family heirloom. Some people who get engaged might really like a certain movie or book and want to style something based on a favorite character. Whatever the reason for wanting a custom ring, you should not be intimidated by the entire process. Here are a few tips to follow if you have decided to look into getting a custom engagement or wedding ring for yourself or a loved one.
- Choose a trusted jeweler. There are plenty of mainstream and hometown jewelers that know their stuff so take your time in choosing one that you know you would work well with. Remember that you are the customer so you are always right! You don’t have to go with the first jeweler that you see just because they have a few items that you like. Talk with them and see what their custom process is like to make sure it is what you want. A mainstream jeweler may not always have the best prices, and a small business jeweler won’t necessarily always have the most unique styles so watch out for all of those things.
- Look for the four Cs in the diamond. Not everyone wants a diamond ring, but if you
do there are a few standards to loo out for. The tried and true measure of each diamond comes down to the four Cs: cut, clarity, color, and carat. Diamonds that are colorless, clear, and cut proportionally to showcase the clarity and color are known to be the most valuable. And, obviously, the heavier the diamond the more expensive. So keep those in mind when choosing and deciding on a budget. If you don’t mind if a diamond is a bit more cloudy because it’s covered up by the setting, then you can save money in that situation. If you want a setting that showcases the diamond by itself, you might be more interested in getting a better clarity.
- Start looking early. As expected, custom diamond rings may take a bit longer to get than a style that is already being manufactured. You should factor in extra time for planning, meeting with the jeweler, selecting the style and the stone, and having everything made. An extra cushion of time is always recommended even after the ring will be done in case the sizing is off. People often lose weight before their weddings, so that might change your ring size too.
- If possible, purchase the engagement ring and the wedding band from the same jeweler. If you know from the start that you want a custom ring then it is often easier and cheaper to get the set of rings from the same jeweler. However, if your fiancé went and got you a fancy custom engagement ring without your knowledge, it is not impossible to have a different jeweler design something to match it.