Engagement rings are a huge investment towards your future. Many men agree it is the most important investment they have ever made. If you really want to show your loved one that you put thought, creativity, and yes, even love, into the ring of choice, why not design for them a customized engagement ring? To many, this sounds both expensive and frightening. The process is neither. While these rings may cost a few dollars more, they are certainly affordable, and the process is not difficult at all. Look below to see the different aspects you must consider when coming up with a custom jewelry design.
Size- First and foremost, you should know the exact ring size of the person you are customizing the ring for. Customized rings are available in quarter and half sizes, so they fit better than traditional rings. While many jewelers offer rings in a variety of sizes, customizations will always offer the best fit. If you are unsure of your love’s ring size, a bit of snooping or incorporating the help of a close friend or family member of theirs will help you to figure it out.
The Setting– The Setting is what your diamond of choice is set into. It encompasses the actual band, as well as the way which your diamond will be presented. Some settings are very plain, showcasing the diamond in a very subtle, elegant way. Other settings are more flashy, flaunting your diamond in a way that no one will be able to miss. In reference to your ring’s setting, you will first want to decide what ‘metal’ your band will be crafted from. There are a wide variety of choices available, each with a different price range. You may want to opt for sterling silver, rose gold, white gold, or gold. Next, decide what you wish the setting to look like. Will you have one band or two? Will the bands be thick or thin? Do you want them basic, twisted together, or otherwise geometrically patterned? If you aren’t sure, many jewelers have a showcase of settings they feature at their store which you may browse through.
The Diamond– Many people view this as the most important part of any ring. You should figure out what cut, shape and karat you would like your diamond to be. Diamonds may be princess cut, point cut, or table cut, amongst others. You may wish it to be round, square, or pear shaped. Karat’s come in a very wide range, so the options there are nearly limitless. A word to the wise: half and quarter cuts (for example 6.25 or 7.5) are usually a small bit cheaper than whole cuts. If you are unsure of the different shapes, cuts, or karats, then you should feel free to speak to your local jeweler. They are an invaluable asset when it comes to the customization of your engagement ring.