If you're struggling to find the perfect engagement ring off the shelf, then a bespoke piece might be the best option for you. Opting for a custom engagement ring will allow you to create a one of a kind piece, which is just as special as your love story.
Having created thousands of bespoke engagement rings over the years, here are our top tips to making this process as stress-free as possible.
When designing a custom engagement ring, you’ll be working closely with your jeweller to make your vision come to life. At the start of the process it is helpful if you have a design idea in mind. It can be useful to send sketches and images to your jewellery designer to help visualise the elements that you’d like to incorporate into your engagement ring.
The center stone is the focal point of any engagement ring design and a good jewellery designer will work with you to create a piece that accentuates it to maximise its beauty. Whether you prefer diamonds, sapphires, emeralds or rubies make sure you convey to your jeweller the type of center stone you prefer.
If diamonds are your preferred center stones, we recommend brushing up on your knowledge of the 4C’s (cut, colour, clarity & carat weight) this will help you have an understanding of the quality of the diamond and which factors are most important to you.
The shape of the center stone can really make a big impact in the overall look and feel of the engagement ring. We suggest whittling down your favorite center stone shapes before meeting with your jeweller, so they can advise you of the pros and cons of each shape.
Considering the visual aspect of different stone shapes is important, do you like the classic look of a round brilliant cut center stone, the clean lines of an emerald cut stone or the soft organic curves of an oval?
When you’re designing a bespoke engagement ring the process will go much more smoothly if you discuss your budget with your jeweller. Some custom engagement rings can be more complex and labour intensive than others, which means that your jeweller will help you understand the pro’s and con’s of different designs and create a piece which fits within your budget.
It is important to understand that there really is no limit to how much you can spend on an engagement ring, which is why having a clear budget that makes sense for you will make it much easier for the jeweller to create a piece that is perfect for you.
If you’re in the process of designing an engagement ring, the chances are you’ll likely be getting married at some in the near future! There’s no harm in designing your wedding ring in advance alongside your engagement ring to ensure that they both fit together perfectly as a bridal set.
Remember that once you have both your engagement and wedding ring you might choose to remove your engagement ring for certain tasks and therefore the wedding ring should look good on its own as well as part of the bridal set.
If you’re unsure about your future wedding ring design and want to wait until a later date to design it, ask your jeweller to ensure that your engagement ring is ‘wed fit’ which means a wedding ring will be able to sit flush alongside it without gaps or kinks.
The most popular precious metals for engagement rings are platinum and 18ct yellow gold. Seeing as you are having your ring custom made, you could consider rose gold for a more unique option. To make sure you are choosing the right metal for your partner, we recommend getting hints from their personal jewellery collection. If you see that their collection is mostly one metal colour then this generally gives you a good idea of the look they prefer!
Of course creating a custom engagement ring will take a little longer to create than choosing an off-the-shelf design. You will need time to work with the jewellery designer to ensure that they have a clear idea of what you’re looking to create.
At Hyde Park Design, we aim to have your bespoke engagement ring manufactured and delivered within two weeks once you have signed off the design and chosen the center stone.
When designing your ring, it's important to choose a jeweller that has the skills to design the perfect piece you have in mind. Choose a jeweller that has extensive experience in creating custom pieces and make sure you take a look at their past work to ensure that the quality is high. Not only is it important for the bespoke engagement ring to match your vision, but it must also be durable and strong enough to last a lifetime.
Make sure to check your jewellers reviews to see how other customers have found their experience.
At Hyde Park Design we have been producing bespoke engagement rings for over 30 years, with thousands of custom designs created in house at our jewellery workshop based in London’s Hatton Garden.
Follow these tips and your custom engagement ring journey will be a simple process. The most important thing to remember is that you have to convey your design to your jewellery designer so providing them with a specific budget and design elements will make the process much smoother!
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