Your love with your partner is unique and personal. It’s something only the two of you share, which means you probably want a unique engagement ring that reflects these defining principles.

If you haven’t been able to find the perfect ring yet, it may be time for you to look into creating your very own customized engagement ring. 

The task of creating a piece of jewelry from scratch may seem like a near-impossible task. We’re here to tell you that it’s not! With the help of professionals (and the combination of specific personal and industry research), creating a one of a kind ring for your partner will be easy. All you’ll have to worry about is how to ask them! 

Read on as we break down everything there is to know about designing and crafting the perfect, custom engagement ring. 

 

Things You Should Know Before Designing A Custom Engagement Ring

Before making any crucial step in customized ring shopping, there are three pieces of information about the ring you should know and present (or show) to the jeweler. 

  1. Future Fiance’s Stone Preferences: The type and shape of the stone can be a very personal preference. Do they want cushion or round cut? A diamond or sapphire? These are all preferences that are very tailored to your partner’s wants when it comes to picking out the stone. Whether you talk directly with your partner or a friend, it’s important to seek out these details before going through with ring development. 

  2. Type of Metal: Just like stone preferences, knowing what color or style metal your partner prefers is a vital component of a ring. Some examples could be 14K gold, white gold, rose gold or even platinum. 

  3. Ring Size: Whether you find out from friends and family, or you use our guide on how to (discreetly) measure ring size when choosing a ring, it’s best not to guess. Depending on the band, it may be hard to alter later. 

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How Do You Make Custom Engagement Rings?

Thankfully, the act of creating your customized engagement ring doesn’t come down to your drawing ability or your connections in outsourcing metal and stone. By working with the right individuals, you’re better able to make the ring one that reflects what you and your partner both want. By shopping at the right jewelers, setting a particular timeline and budget, as well as knowing your preferences and research; you’d be surprised to learn how easy and possible it is to customize your own piece of jewelry. 

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Where Can I Design My Engagement Ring?

A big question when it focuses on engagement rings, where can I go? This is a decision that requires peer review, trust, and overall good report. There are two options, try booking an appointment with a local jeweler (with good reviews), or try trusted online retailers that will make it a point to cater to your needs during the creative and logistical process. Additionally, it’s okay to book several consultations and shop around. Not only do you want to make sure your jeweler understands your creative vision, but that your rapport with one another is strong.

How Much To Spend On A Custom Engagement Ring?

There’s back and forth discussions on how much one should pay for an engagement ring (even with the idea of customization). While the old rule of thumb was a two-month salary, couples are making their own rules. Overall, pay what you’re comfortable paying. Our guide on how much to spend on an engagement ring might also help.

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Implementing Other Stones Into A Custom Engagement Ring 

Many engagement rings are saying goodbye to diamonds and embracing other beautiful and colorful stones. While there’s certainly nothing wrong with a classic diamond, talk to your partner about their interest in a potentially different stone. Not only can it impact the cost of a customized engagement ring, but it also plays up the unique nature of a customized engagement ring. Some stones couples use for their engagement rings include rubies, sapphires, morganite, and emeralds

How Long To Design A Custom Engagement Ring? 

Many factors come into play when creating an overall timeline for a customized engagement ring. Some examples include access to stones, intricate design, review period and cost. This process can take anywhere from several weeks to several months. Below we’ve broken down a typical timeline of the logistical process to give a better understanding of the amount of time, energy and effort that goes into creating your perfect ring.  

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The Timeline

Step 1: Engagement Ring Consultation.
This usually takes anywhere from a half-hour to several hours, this is where you’ll set up an appointment with the jeweler and discuss designs, output, and next steps. Having your background information, budget and projected timeline as soon as the first consultation can guarantee smooth sailing for the remainder of the process. 

Step 2: Select The Ring’s Stone
This can be done in addition to the initial consultation or done afterward. This is where you discuss with the jeweler what stone your partner may prefer for their ring. 

Step 3: See A Digital Rendering
Depending on the jewelers' timeline (staff, outsourcing, etc) it may take anywhere from five days to two weeks to see an online CAD rendering of your customized jewelry piece. From here, you either give your ok and move forward, or go back and forth until the ring fits your creative vision. 

Step 4: Mock Ring Design
Once the digital rendering is given the ok, the jeweler will then create a mock ring, typically made from wax. It’s here where you’ll be able to feel and interact with the ring in person. Just like the creative process with the digital rendering, you’re allowed to give creative feedback and alter if need be. 

Step 5: Engagement Ring Casting
The final step! Once the mock ring is given your stamp of approval, the ring is then cast in your metal of choice with your desired stones. 

Step 6: (Optional) Take it a step further and have your custom engagement ring engraved to signify your wedding date, a word that has meaning to only the two of you or anything that makes this ring extra special.

Know Your Engagement Ring Lingo

Before you walk into your consultation appointment (step one), it may be wise to brush up on some engagement ring terms. For a brief lesson on common terminology, we’ve provided a glossary below: 

  • The 4Cs Standing for Cut, Clarity, Color, and Carat.
  • Round Cut Comprising of 58 facets, this popular cut of stone gives the ring a dazzling sparkle. 
  • Cushion-Cut A rounded (or softened) square-shaped stone often referred to as a pillow cut diamonds.
  • Princess-Cut A perfectly square stone, this particular cut engagement ring is one the most popular.
  • Pear-Cut Otherwise known as teardrop (with a more positive name), this particular cut. resembles a half oval shape with an alternate pointed edge.
  • Emerald-Cut A wide rectangular stone with dramatic edges (with facets resembling stairs).
  • Asscher Cut Like the emerald cut, asscher cut drops off with dramatic edges, however, the stone reflects a square shape (not a rectangle).
  • Oval-Cut As the name sounds, this particular cut of the stone reflects a perfect oval shape. 
  • Marquise-Cut An oval-shaped stone with pointed edges.
  • Accent Stones Associating stones that surround the main stone on each side (on the band).
  • Halo an encasement of stones that surround the main stone (on all sides, on the setting). 
  • CAD Stands for Computer Animation Design, this will be the digital rendering a jeweler will show you of your custom piece.

Celebrity-Inspired Custom Engagement Rings

When it comes to looking for engagement ring inspiration, look no further than the beautiful craftsmanship found in celebrity engagement rings. Some of our favorites are:

  • Katy Perry’s floral ring with a centered ruby stone and surrounding accent diamonds. 
  • Kate Moss’ custom antique inspired ring, created to resemble Zelda Fitzgeralds’. 
  • Kate Middleton (via Princess Diana) engagement ring is a spectacular sapphire, so royal blue (it truly is fitting of a princess). 

Many important factors and decisions go into creating a customized engagement ring, from the distributor to stone and every detail in between. Prepping yourself with the best insight and background knowledge will give you an extremely large leg up in the process. While it may seem daunting, remember how important this moment and the ring is for you and your partner. Don’t forget to enjoy these moments and have fun with it!