What You Need To Know When Buying A Custom Engagement Ring
Often times brides begin shopping for your perfect engagement ring but aren’t happy with the regular stock models, don't worry! Creating your own custom engagement ring is your best option and it’s a lot easier than you think! Here are the 5 best tips you need to know when buying a custom engagement ring:
1) Chose a reputable jeweller
One of the most important tips is that you select a jeweler with a reputation for custom engagement rings. You can find the perfect jeweler by asking friends, family, or other brides whose personal style you admire. If you will be buying a diamond from the jeweler, make sure that the diamond comes with a GIA (Gemological Institute of America). This is a certification and an esteemed appraisal from a certified jewelry institute. Perhaps you already own a special diamond...if so you’ll be able to create a piece which will accentuate your diamond and your personal style. At Ecksand our team of experts can guide you through the creation of your custom ring. We help you choose the style and cut which deliver the most brilliance, quality and overall value.
2) Starting early
Jewellers who often work with custom designs may have a longer waiting list as opposed to jewellers who just have stock models available to choose from. Depending on the intricacy of your design, there is a change your jeweller will take longer then expected to deliver a finished product. Additionally, starting the design process is something that you want to be fully involved in. So starting early will allow you to be calm, cool and relaxed while you work with the jewelry designer. A reputable jeweller will be sure to give you updates along the way. When purchasing a custom engagement ring at Ecksand, we make sure the client has the chance to discuss all aspects of the ring with our award winning designers. We provide digital examples, sketches and prototypes which help determine your perfect design.
3) What to look for in your diamond
When shopping for your diamond, most of the time you’ll be told about the 4c’s of diamond grading. This covers the cut, clarity, color and carat weight of the diamond. Your budget and personal taste will be the most important factors in choosing what type of diamond you’ll feel comfortable with purchasing. In most cases, the sparkle and brilliance is dependent on the quality of the cut of the diamond (this doesn’t mean the cut shape). For more information on diamond grading and what determines quality and price, check out our diamond expertise page at Ecksand Diamonds.
4) Trying on different styles of ring settings
Deciding which ring style setting suits you best depends on your lifestyle and personal taste. For our male shoppers... you’ll be asked about her everyday jewelry and whether she prefers to wear white gold as opposed to yellow gold. This provides information about which tones and styles she prefer, thus making it easier to buy a custom engagement ring. When telling your jeweler about her lifestyle, consider her job and any outdoor activities that she enjoys to take part in. This will determine whether a higher diamond or lower profile set ring will be most practical for her. Here are 3 different popular setting styles that emphasize the natural beauty of the center diamond:
5) Matching your wedding ring
A wedding ring is often matched with a custom engagement ring, so that the bride can wear both on the same finger. There is a common misconception that going through the custom process is more expensive than going for a stock model. However, it really depends on the labor and the intricacy of the design. Here are three different Ecksand wedding rings which complement an engagement ring without overpowering it:
A custom engagement ring is a great opportunity to incorporate your personal style and needs into your special ring. It's also a perfect way to include meaningful stones or diamonds that were passed down through your family. Our Ecksand engagement ring designers thoroughly enjoy the custom made ring experience. Mostly because it helps us create a truly unique ring to each and every client. Come visit us!