Posted on: 7 July 2021
Are you ready to propose? If this is the first significant jewelry purchase you've made, take a look at what you need to know about custom engagement rings.
Should You Choose a Custom or Stock Ring?
There's no one-size-fits-all or yes/no answer to this question. The decision to design your own custom creation or buy a ready-made ring depends on several factors. These include:
- Your personal preference. Are you the creative type of prefers to give one-of-a-kind gifts? If this description fits your personality, a custom ring is an option to seriously explore.
- Your partner's preference. Is your soon-to-be spouse the type of person who will appreciate customization or a creative design? Are the available stock rings a mismatch with your significant other's personality? You may need to choose a custom design to give your love a ring they'll adore.
- Your finances. Some custom-designed engagement rings are more expensive than the stock version. While you may need to pay extra for the custom elements or the design process, the added costs will pay off when you see the look on your love's face.
If a custom design is the right choice for you and your future spouse, it's time to take the next step. After you decide to move forward with this personalized option, you need to find a designer and choose the just-right style, stone, metal, and more.
Who Should Design the Custom Ring?
Before you choose a jewelry designer to turn your engagement ring dream into a reality, you need to ask a few questions. As you interview potential designers, consider:
- What does the designer's past work look like? You have an idea in mind. But you're not sure who can translate this abstract image into a real ring. Ask your would-be future designer for photos of their past work. This can help you to learn more about their style.
- What types of materials does the designer work with? Make sure the designer is an expert in the stones and metals you want to use.
- How much experience does the designer have? There's no magic number of years of experience a designer should have. But you shouldn't become their first test subject. This is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. The designer you choose should have extensive industry experience and the ability to create a high-quality ring.
Along with these questions, you may have other concerns about an individual design or specific requests. Create a list of these issues and discuss them in detail with the designer.Share