Thinking about custom-designing an gemstone or wedding band? Some tips about what we learned from our experience:
1. Select a reputable jeweler.
I cannot stress this enough! Ask friends, family members, or other brides whose style you admire for personal recommendations. If you’re buying a diamond, it must come with a GIA (Gemological Institute of America, Inc.) report or some other appraisal by a qualified jewelry institution. If you already own the diamond, like I did so, then your jeweler should be able to reset it in an hour roughly when you wait in the store.
2. Start early.
It took in regards to a month of back-and-forth before I could go out of the store with the new setting (which includes one revision to the initial design). Here’s how the process worked: We consulted with the dog owner, Roy; he created a sketch based on my preferences and existing diamond; then, he made a raw mold of the Moissanite Engagement Rings so that I possibly could review it before he position the finishing touches onto it. The mold isn’t polished and it doesn’t contain precious stone side stones, so you’ll have to use your imagination to envision what the ultimate product can look like once everything is in place and it’s been shined to perfection.
Find a jeweler who is happy to use you until you’re 100% content with the look. Roy was very patient with me when I requested a revision and the final product was more beautiful than anything I possibly could have ever anticipated.
engagement ring and wedding band
Photo Credit: Jess Dewes Photography
3. What things to look for in a diamond…
Investing in a diamond? I asked the professionals at Raineri which of the 4 C’s (cut, clarity, color and carat weight) is most important, and it really is determined by budget, to start with, and personal taste second. However, I had been surprised to discover that the sparkle and brilliance of the diamonds depends more on its cut than other things. People often think of cut as condition (e.g. round, cushion, etc.) but it actually identifies the diamond’s proportions, symmetry and polish, which means this might be a very important factor worth splurging on.
One way to save lots of is to choose a precious stone with a carat weight that’s slightly smaller than the “magic sizes”: one carat, one-and-a-half carats, two carats, etc. It’s practically impossible for the common consumer in order to the difference between two diamonds that are very close in proportions. For example, a 1.01-carat precious stone may cost approximately 20 percent greater than a .98-carat diamond, even though they look practically the same to the naked eye.
4. Put on different ring settings – don’t get into it blind.
Roy asked us some very specific questions, including what width the ring should be (to the millimeter) and whether I liked halos with sharp lines or more rounded corners. (Browse our slideshow of 70+ Beautiful Engagement Ring-Wedding Band Combos for inspiration!) This may be obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that you can show your jeweler photos of rings that you want, however they can’t replicate existing styles from other brands – it must be a completely original design.
Grooms, if you prefer to surprise your bride-to-be by selecting the ring on your own, try her closet to get a feel on her behalf everyday jewelry. Does she own mostly white gold or warmer tones? Do her pieces tend to be simple or ornate? Consider her lifestyle as well – if she’s employment that’s very hands-on or she’s the outdoorsy type, a setting with less profile might be a more practical choice than one with an increased stone. When grooms really aren’t 100% sure, Raineri recommends proposing with a classic solitaire band, that your bride can always switch out later on.
engagement ring and strap
Photo Credit: Coshi Productions
5. It can be easier (and cheaper) to acquire the gemstone and strap from the same place.
Likely to the same jeweler for both rings is helpful because the store reps understand your sense of style, and could have the ability to better help you. Challenging other wedding-planning appointments we brides have, who would like to feel the store search process yet again? Also, from my experience, jewelers may become more willing to utilize you on pricing if you make repeat purchases. There’s this misconception that custom-designed earrings costs a lot of money; of course, it varies depending on labor and ornamentation involved, but it could even be less expensive sometimes.
If you’re buying your e-ring online, it could be helpful to ask how the strap shopping policy works beforehand. For instance, my friend’s husband bought her e-ring online, and the business needed that she mail it back again to them to be able to purchase a wedding band, but she declined because she was too nervous!
Custom jewelry is a superb option for brides who would like a one-of-a-kind piece or want to incorporate stones which were passed down to them by members of the family. Now it’s your turn: Show us pics of your rings