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Tips For Custom Designing Your Dream Engagement Ring

March 15th, 2023

Master jeweler mounting a diamond into an engagement ring.

Your engagement ring, a piece you’ll likely be wearing every day for the rest of your life, should distinctly express what makes you unique. Custom design allows you to carefully curate each detail to suit your tastes, exuding your essence from the cut of the center stone to the type of metal to the metalwork. We’ve compiled this list of custom design tips to help make your ring creation experience a breeze.

Find Inspiration

Before you begin designing your ring, having a road map and end goal in mind is essential. Find inspiration for your ring by browsing jewelry showrooms, online designer collections, and, most importantly, your wardrobe. You want your engagement ring to be a polished, elevated version of your daily style. This will ensure that your ring aligns with your aesthetic preferences. Create a mood board that sparks your creativity and gives you a clear idea of what you want the finished product to look like. 

Goldsmith drafting a jewelry design.

Seek Out A Jeweler You Trust

The custom engagement ring you receive is only as good as the jewelry that brings it to life, so finding a jewelry store to bring your ideas to is a paramount step in this process. You should shop around to find a jeweler that is right for you. Discern a jeweler’s reputation in their community by word of mouth and online reviews on sites like Yelp, Google, and Facebook. Find a jeweler with highly skilled, certified creatives that can craft your ideal ring. At Gerald Peters, we would be more than thrilled to craft a ring that is uniquely yours. 

Set A Budget

Once you’ve decided on your jeweler, you must set a budget. This will give your jeweler an idea of what types of material, gemstone cuts, and details can be used to bring your piece to life. It is essential to set a limit that your jewelry knows not to exceed so you can be sure that when the ring is finished, you can afford it. Therefore, you won’t be put in an uncomfortable financial position at the beginning of your marriage. 

Goldsmith polishing an engagement ring.

Decide On The “Big Three” Elements

Next, identify the main aspects you want your ring to have. Determining the “big three” is a great place to start. The first step is to determine the type of metal you want your engagement ring to be forged in. White, yellow, and rose gold, as well as platinum, are the most common engagement ring metals. There are pros and cons to each.

Then, decide on the type of gem as well as the cut. Most engagement rings typically feature diamonds, but if you are looking for a pop of color, sapphires and rubies are also wonderfully durable. The round cut is by far the most common, but it is also often the more expensive option available. Consider also oval cut, emerald cut, and princess cut gems. Finally, choose the setting type that matches your aesthetic. Those with a penchant for minimalism may enjoy a solitaire or three stone. Opt for a halo or side stone setting if you're looking for added sparkle. 

Gemologist inspecting a princess cut diamond.

Custom Design an Engagement Ring at Gerald Peters

At Gerald Peters, we are more than pleased to assist you in finding or creating an engagement ring that you will cherish for the rest of your days. Our Staten Island jewelry store is your destination for exquisitely crafted, immeasurably sparkling engagement rings designed by some of the biggest names in the industry. With the help of our professional team, we’re certain you’ll walk away satisfied. Contact us today with any questions about our products and services, or feel free to stop by our showroom to speak with a team member in person and browse our unparalleled inventory.