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When looking at engagement rings, do they all kind of blend together? Does that make you desire a ring that’s more personalised to your relationship but you’re unsure of how to go about it. In fact you have lots of questions about the process, the advantages, and why you should buy a bespoke engagement ring. Today, we have answers to some of those most popular questions.
What are some of the advantages of creating a bespoke engagement ring?
You can personalise it in a way to express your own relationship, and as an added bonus, your fiancé will be even more impressed that her ring doesn’t look like all of her friends’ rings. Many couples work together to create their custom ring, though if you know her taste and style you can still personalise it without her. This gives you the freedom to choose not only the type of diamond but all the intricate details of the ring design.
Is it better to propose with the finished ring or without, because what if she doesn’t like it?
This is a legitimate concern with custom engagement rings. If you’re old-fashioned and don’t want to ruin the surprise, you have a few options. You can arrange with the jeweller to give your fiancé a placeholder ring when you propose, and then you’ll come in a design the “real” ring together. Alternatively, some jewellers will provide you with a 3D wax model of what you’ve created so far along with the temporary ring so she can see your visions.
How should I find a designer?
If you see designer’s work online, keep their work in mind and ask around for some reviews. You’ll want to see if any other brides have written positive reviews about them. In addition, make sure the ones you choose GIA certified diamonds if you’re planning to purchase a diamond. Once you’ve narrowed it down, consider looking at stores offering a selection of bespoke engagement rings in Brisbane or in your local area.
How long does it take to complete a bespoke engagement ring?
You should definitely start early. It can definitely be a lengthy process, taking anywhere from a few weeks to a few months. Keep in mind you and the jewellery designer need to discuss your vision by sketching a design, building a mould of your ring, and then handcrafting your ring. It takes more time than the computer aided design (CAD) casted rings, but these rings often offer finer details.
Can I use my own diamonds or gemstones?
While most places certainly will work with you and your own stones, you may want to consider purchasing your diamond from the same place you’re buying your ring from. This ensures it’s been cut ideally for the ring style you want, and it’s a high-quality diamond.
What are some of the popular trends this year?
The halo style is still popular, especially if the centre stone is smaller or even a coloured gemstone like an Emerald, with the circular diamonds surrounding it. The marquise cut has returned and looks stunning in a classic solitaire and thin pave band but you can do so much with it. As always, the Round Brilliant remains the most popular and versatile choice.
Those are the most common questions you’ll hear about bespoke engagement rings. If you’re planning on getting one, we’re sure you also have these questions in mind. We hope that we’ve helped you understand certain aspects of getting a custom ring. If you have more questions, drop it in the comments below.
This article is published in partnership with Mediabuzzer.