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 10 TIPS FOR DESIGNING A BESPOKE
ENGAGEMENT RING OR WEDDING RING

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Now more than ever, men and women want their engagement rings and wedding bands to be unique and speak to their personalities.
Ten to 15 years ago, people typically went to a shop to buy a ring that was already there, but now it’s quite the opposite.

Here are 10 tips on how to create the perfect custom design.

1. Don’t stress A lot of people get apprehensive because they’re not ‘design people’. The design will go through many steps, and an expert will be there to help all along the way. Before you buy you will see a sketch and possibly even prototypes in wax or metal.

2. Get inspired Though an expert can help you create a ring from scratch, it’s a good idea to do some research on you own. Surf Pinterest and build a board of all your favorites or window shop on jewellery sites. You’ll start to get a better idea of your personal style. Maybe its classic, retro, quirky, feminine or traditional. Look at the metals and stones you prefer. The more ideas and images you collect will make the process easier.
3. Try rings on Looking at photos is a great start, but you won’t know for sure if you like a style until you’ve slipped it on your finger. Pop into a jewellery shop and try a few on.
4. Consider your budget The old adage that a man should shell out two months’ salary for his girl’s engagement ring no longer stands. Only pay what you are comfortable with and can afford. Surprisingly, a custom ring could be more affordable than a ready-made ring because of reduced overheads.
5. Know the trends, but don’t be a slave to them At the moment, vintage styles, rose gold and mixed-metal rings are trending. Halo designs are also big right now. Because these styles are trendy, it’s likely you’ll see them in many shops and online. But just because you see a design everywhere doesn’t mean it’s right for you.
6. Think outside the box The sky’s the limit when it comes to designing a ring (though there are practical requirements that need to be met). Engraving is a common addition to a custom ring, especially for wedding bands.The most common engravings are related to a date or a special message. It’s also possible to symbolically match your ring to your partner’s design, even if you have different tastes. Also keep in mind that an engagement ring doesn’t have to include diamonds. Consider pearls, opals and sapphires.
7. Know your stones It’s important to choose a designer that can educate you on cut, colour, clarity and carat, and who can explain why one stone costs $1,000 and another costs $5,000, even though the two look similar.
8. Know your metals Just because a metal is expensive doesn’t mean it is the best. White gold, palladium and platinum look almost identical, but platinum is a lot heavier. Since precious metals are sold by weight, Platinum is quite expensive, though not necessarily “better.” Palladium is similar in price to white (which is actually yellow gold mixed with a white metal such as nickel), rose (yellow gold mixed with copper) and yellow gold.
9. Plan ahead Though it’s possible to create a custom ring from the first appointment to the final product in 2 weeks, a typical time frame is three to six weeks.
10. Enjoy the journey Creating your bespoke ring is a exciting and special time. Relax and enjoy it.