Your engagement ring is a symbol of love and commitment. It’s a precious jewelry piece that will remain perched upon your ring finger forever. While some women know “the one” the moment they lay eyes upon it, others may spend countless hours searching for the ring that tugs at their hearts.
If you’re beginning to feel like your ideal ring may not be out there, a custom engagement ring may be exactly what you’re looking for. Our engagement ring experts have put together this guide as an inside look into what considerations you’ll make when you choose to design an engagement ring.
Considerations During Your Custom Engagement Ring Journey
We know this is an exciting time in your life, and we’d like to help make it as stress-free as possible. We want to help you enjoy this memorable time by providing resources that start you off on the right foot. We hope that this guide provides the helpful information you’re seeking to make informed decisions throughout your custom engagement ring experience.
Determine a Budget
It’s easy to get caught up in the spectacular sparkle of diamonds as you search for your ideal ring. However, setting a budget before you embark on your journey will help you stay within your means. As you begin the selection process, your budget can help you prioritize which considerations are most important to you.
Custom Engagement Ring Metal
Deciding on the precious metal for your custom engagement ring may be as simple as your personal preference. However, if you don't tend to favor a particular metal, there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help spark ideas.
When selecting a metal, consider:
- What metals tend to look best with your skin tone?
- Is your wardrobe filled with more warm or cool tones?
- Which metal makes up most of your current jewelry collection?
- Do you have favorite pieces in your collection you tend to wear more often and would like to coordinate with?
Custom Engagement Ring Setting
Custom design engagement ring styles are unlimited, but that also means they can be a bit overwhelming. However, if you don't already have an ideal ring setting in mind, there are many ways to find inspiration.
We suggest spending some time at local jewelry stores and browsing their selections. Take note of settings that catch your eye. Then, try on several styles to get a feel for what looks best on your finger.
The most popular engagement settings include:
Consider the Demands of Your Lifestyle
As you browse rings settings, you should also consider the demands of home, work, and play. For instance, are you an active outdoor adventurer? Perhaps a setting with a lower profile would best suit you. In addition, your center stone will be more protected, avoiding accidental bumps and chips or the loosening of stones.
Selecting a Center Stone for your Custom Engagement Ring
We highly recommend familiarizing yourself with the 4C's of a diamond. These strict industry standards were set in place to help you select the highest quality diamond within your budget. While all four Cs (and there’s even a fifth at Fink’s) are essential in determining a diamond’s overall quality, your knowledge will help you determine which Cs to prioritize during your selection.
The 4C's of a diamond include:
- color: the absence of color which determines quality and value
- clarity: the presence of slight imperfections
- carat weight: how much the diamond weighs
- cut: stone’s symmetry, proportions, and polish
Considering Jewelers Who Design Engagement Rings
Careful consideration should be given when selecting a jeweler to create your custom engagement ring. Ensure the jeweler you are considering is certified, professional, and has an established reputation. Do they seem trustworthy and dependable? Conduct a little research to find out more information before committing to a jeweler.
Helpful tips during your search for a jeweler include:
- Spend some time reading through customer reviews. What do most customers or potential customers have to say about their experience?
- Ask your friends and family for recommendations. Have they had exceptional experiences with jewelers who provide custom engagement ring services?
Questions for Jewelers Who Design Engagement Rings
Don’t be afraid to prepare a list of questions for jewelers who design engagement rings. You want to feel confident in your selection to ensure your custom engagement ring is worth the significant investment you’re willing to make.
Here are a few recommended questions to consider as you talk with jewelers who design engagement rings:
- What is your experience with custom engagement rings?
- May I see some of your work?
- Is your team qualified to design engagement rings?
- What is your turnaround time when you design engagement rings?
- Does my custom engagement ring come with a warranty?
- What is your maintenance and repair policy and process for diamond rings?
- What is your quality insurance policy?
Select a Jeweler with a Reputable Quality Insurance Policy
A reputable custom engagement ring jeweler will have a quality insurance policy to guarantee the work and durability of your ring. At Fink’s, we offer our Lifetime Diamond Guarantee policy. The policy guarantees your diamonds are of superior quality and provides diamond protection for life when you commit to routine cleaning and evaluations.
The Fink’s Lifetime Guarantee provides you with peace of mind. You can rest easy knowing that every diamond is meticulously inspected, regardless of its grading report. Only the finest of stones are selected to be Fink’s diamonds.
Custom Design Engagement Ring Timeline
If your engagement or wedding date is quickly approaching, ensure your custom engagement ring will be completed within your timeline. Most custom jewelers can require months to design engagement rings from beginning to end. However, for some couples, this is a consideration that they cannot afford to compromise on, so inquire before you commit to custom service.
We pride ourselves on offering high-quality, affordable service with revolutionary turnaround time. We design custom engagement rings with state-of-the-art technology software built to streamline the entire process at our Custom Design Studio. After we complete the design process, we wait to receive your approval for your three-dimensional rendering. Then, as soon as you’re completely satisfied, we begin. Your vision will be a reality on your finger within three weeks.
Our dedicated team of custom designers is ready to help create your forever ring!