Thank you for sticking with us this week - we've had a great time running through a lot of the options that surround purchasing an engagement ring!
What happens when you just cannot find exactly what you are looking for? Maybe you have the whole thing planned out in your head, but can't quite picture what it will look like put together. Or, you have some inherited or family stones that you want to incorporate but haven't found a workable option yet.
What we'd like to tell you....do not be afraid to go custom!
Below we will go through some options for custom work.
When does customization make sense?
Please know, you do not HAVE to have a specific reason to go custom. Maybe that is just how you imagined it!
Here are a few reasons that would lead us to suggest (or would necessitate) custom:
Different ways to "Go Custom"
Generally, there are the following options on how to go through the customization process:
The simplest way deals with the smaller adjustments. If we can find a good baseline (an existing band or engagement ring, or a shank and a ready-built halo), then we are well on our way. This process typically involves making room for the additional part (removing a stone or two, etc.) and then welding/soldering on the additional parts. The nice thing about this option is that since much of the piece may already be manufactured, the cost is reduced from a fully custom price!
The picture to the left involved taking a diamond band, removing 1-2 stones in the center, and then welding on a head for the purple sapphire the gentleman chose!
We are often requested to help make and design an engagement ring using a collection of inherited family diamonds/gemstones, but sometimes we are asked to incorporate parts of the inherited ring or pendant into a new design! We can do this too.
Usually this means cutting apart the original piece to retrieve the sections that are wanted, and then a shank and/or supportive top sections can be ordered or crafted to support the structure and match the original design. That is what you will see here!
Choose "Read More" to find out about other options, cost, and more!
Another way that we have found makes the process very simple and offers the ease of making changes is the computer-aided-design (CAD) custom method. We take notes and measurements, make drawings and send any example pictures to our CAD artist, they produce a visual/digital rendering and a video so that you can see the item from every angle.
This allows us to show you each step, and if you'd like to have changes made, the artist can fairly easily make the requested adjustments. Once you are happy with a design, they will 3D print a wax (the purple below) and send it so that you can see it in person. Once the wax and quote are approved, it's time to cast! They will either set stones, or the piece is sent to us for our jeweler to set stones. We have LOVED this process!
The final couple options for "going custom" is a more hand-made approach. We still have the ability to create a hand-carved wax. Our jeweler loves this, as he has been doing this for 50+ years. However, nowadays, with the access to CAD work, hand-carving takes much longer. Plus, if any changes are requested, the jeweler must restart the whole cutting process!
Another way to go about hand work is for our jeweler to design a piece out of metals such as copper or silver, then take a mold of it, and cast it into gold or platinum. This is actually what our manager did for his wife's engagement ring, shown to the left!
What does it cost?
Anytime there is a deviation from an already available item, the price will increase. However, don't let this scare you away! There are still some very reasonable ways to create a custom piece.
We've received extremely good prices from our custom company that works with CAD designs! They are generally quick to get us designs and make sure they are providing a quality, lasting product. The benefit to working with CAD is that there is no up-front design fee, so you can make changes without having to worry about initial cost.
What goes into pricing custom rings?
Unfortunately, there is no way to give you a "general price" for a custom ring because so much plays into the process. Not to worry - if you have a custom idea in mind, we can work with your budget to find the right option! Come in to talk with us, or email us, to get the process started.
What if I have an older family piece that just needs restoration?
This is also a situation in which we can help! Over the years, we've done quite a few antique restorations. Perhaps you've inherited or been gifted your grandmother's wedding set and would like to propose with it. Maybe it is missing stones, or looks frail, or even just needs sizing.
We are always happy to take a look at the piece(s) and let you know of our suggestions on what work needs doing. Many times with "grandma's rings," we see a lot of wear such as thin shanks or worn out prongs on stones. We can get you a quote on repairs and maintain the essence of the ring but make sure that it will be safe and sturdy enough to wear daily!
Do I have to go custom?
By no means! Purchasing an engagement ring that is not customized is a wonderful way to go and does not mean that you seek to love and honor your special someone any less.
Often, there is still some personalized choice when not "going custom." Usually this involves choosing the type of metal (white/yellow/rose gold or platinum) and the center stone - there are nearly limitless options when considering all the different cut/color/clarity/carat options within diamonds, and all the colored gemstone choices as well!
No matter if it is a fully customized ring or one that we have in stock, or if you spend $500 or $15,000, it is all about the question you are about to ask and the sentiment behind it. You are pledging to love and commit to someone for a long while - what a beautiful thing! We LOVE working with bridal customers, and hope that you will choose us to help you with this exciting journey!
Thank you to everyone who followed along on this thread - or even if you read just one post! We seek to get you answers to your questions. If you would like to submit a question, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you next time!
2/25/2021 11:54:17 am
My brother just recently inherited a family gemstone that he intends to give his beloved as an engagement ring. I appreciate that this post pointed out that it is possible to have a ring customized should we like to incorporate our family gemstone. As I believe it is a marvelous idea, I will recommend my brother to go with a custom ring.
2/25/2021 03:13:53 pm
It's awesome that you talked about how you can customize your own engagement ring to be as unique as you! I want to propose to my girlfriend in a few weeks, and I have looked everywhere for the perfect ring, but haven't found it so far. I want to get something special and unique for her, and after reading your article, I think I just found the answer to my prayers. I'm grateful for your information bout the advantages of customizing your engagement ring.
4/2/2021 11:37:54 pm
It is interesting that this post shared that one of the many benefits of customized jewelry is that we can infuse our personality. My brother is planning to propose to his girlfriend. I will recommend a custom engagement ring.
5/14/2021 02:48:17 pm
How interesting that you talk about how with custom jewelry you can find something that you really want and can't find anywhere else. My dad wants to get my mom a special anniversary gift and has asked for advice. I will find a custom jewelry company in his area and suggest it!
5/17/2021 07:05:26 am
My girlfriend told me that she wants some of her family's symbols and crests incorporated into her ring. You mentioned that we should get a custom-made ring if we want things that are not average. Besides, a custom ring would make my girlfriend feel even more special when we get engaged.
8/9/2021 02:38:57 pm
I loved how you mentioned that you can have something symbolic with a custom ring. My brother was telling me last night about how he is wanting to look into proposing to his girlfriend in a couple of months and was wondering if he should get a custom ring for it. I'll make sure to pass this information along to him so that he can know the benefits of getting a custom engagement ring!
8/18/2021 03:37:12 pm
I will recommend this post to my friend who will marry soon. You did a great job by sharing this info about customer design engagement rings! Thank you so much!
8/19/2021 12:33:14 am
The other day my brother mentioned that he is looking to propose to his girlfriend. I do believe that it would benefit him tremendously to choose the right ring, perhaps something that is personalized. I appreciate that this post mentioned to consider the carat. I will definitely keep this information in mind.
12/9/2021 01:24:26 am
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12/22/2021 07:32:24 pm
Thanks for pointing out that you can start with an existing band, since it can be the base for the customization that you might want. I will share this tip with my brother now that he plans to start looking for a custom jeweler to have an engagement ring made. He will be proposing to his partner of three years on their fourth anniversary next year which is why he is planning this as early as now.
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5/16/2022 05:28:22 am
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10/13/2022 04:42:14 am
Thank you for letting me know that the price of rings depends on the size and karat of the metal. My sister wants to add more fine jewelry to her collection. I should advise her to look for a shop that provides the items she wants.
10/27/2022 08:48:18 am
My friend would like to propose to his girlfriend, but he's not sure how to go about choosing a ring. It makes sense that he might want to look into customizing a diamond ring! That seems like a good way to ensure that he gets one that looks good and fits within his price range.
It's interesting when you said that it would be easier to have the design drawn to find what works for the stone of choice you have. I will suggest this to my brother who plans to ask the question on their 5th anniversary. So he has to get engagement rings design to pick the best fit for the preferences and personality of his partner.
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