The Custom Engagement Ring Process
Every woman loves to feel special, and that’s even more the case when choosing an Engagement Ring! Our simple, transparent, and educational process allows you to design a custom engagement ring with total confidence. You are involved in every step of the process, giving you total say on the final design.
The first step to this entire process is establishing your budget. It’s generally recommended to spend 2-3 months of income on an engagement ring, but ultimately it’s based on what you feel most comfortable spending.
It’s important to educate yourself on the The 4 C’s of Diamonds (Clarity, Cut, Color, Carat) before heading to the jewelry store. Since there are many factors that go into a diamonds value, make sure you have some basic knowledge that will help you make smart decisions on your investment. For Diamond Education click here.
Here’s a quick reference on what to expect from the Custom Engagement Ring Design process.
( Allow 2-4 Weeks for Completion )
1. Show Us Your Inspiration Pictures
With your inspiration pictures we are able to show you engagement ring options that match your style. This gives us a better understanding on what you’re hoping to achieve in your dream ring. When choosing inspiration, you can pick out details from various styles. Maybe you like the band from one ring, and the halo design from another. With our expertise, we will combine the styles that will best showcase your center stone.
2. Choose a Lose Diamond
This is the most important step of the process, as the center stone takes up the majority of your budget. As we mentioned before, it’s always a good idea to brush up on your Diamond Education before your appointment. This will give you the confidence you need to make a smart investment.
If you forgot to brush up on your education, not to worry! Our Diamond Jeweler will thoroughly walk you through all the factors that give a diamond its value.
3. Browse Settings and Styles
Viewing our inventory in-store helps to make an important design decision. Sometimes a design you’ve been eyeing online doesn’t feel quite right when it’s on your finger. During this time you’ll be able to see what designs you gravitate towards. We understand this step isn’t applicable to everyone, as we have many out-of-town customers. You can always browse our website for current inventory.
4. Know The Details
By this step it’s important you wrap up the finishing details. Know her ring size, as this can factor into the final cost. You also want to make sure the ring slides on smoothly for a flawless proposal execution. Once you’ve chosen the perfect setting and center stone, be sure to discuss what metal type will look best ( White Gold, Rose Gold, Yellow Gold, Platinum, etc.). A simple color choice can make a huge difference on the final product.
5. Create 3D Render
Now that the important design decisions are made and the center stone is chosen, we create a virtual 3D render of the ring design. This will give you a better understanding on how the final ring details will come together. If there are any changes you need to make, this is the first opportunity to do so.
6. Wax is Casted
The 3D Render is now turned into a wax casting. During this time you’re able to physically hold the design in your hand and carefully go over all the design details you made. This is the last opportunity you’ll have to make any last minute changes to the engagement ring.
7. Receive Polished Casting
Now that all the details are approved, we create the final casting in the chosen metal. When the casting is made, the metal is not yet polished and the stones are not yet set. Your gorgeous engagement ring is now ready to head to the jewelers bench!
8. In-House Jewelry Hand Set’s Ring
This is the part when all the pieces come together. Your center stone is properly hand set into the polished casting by our highly trained and experienced jewelers. Using their expertise, we craft a stunning piece of jewelry that will stand the test of time. Once all the details are finally set, you can finally pick up your ring!
9. Off to Your Proposal!
We’ve made it to the most exciting step! Now that you’ve got a gorgeous ring in your hands, it’s finally time to propose! Be sure to keep your precious ring in a safe space until the big day. This is a moment most women dream of, so make sure you have all the details set!
If you have a unique proposal, we would love to hear your story! Share with us what you experienced on the big day, and let us know how she loves the ring!
10. Share your Proposal Story with Us
We love to hear how your proposal turned out! Every love journey is unique, and we’d love to hear how creative you got! Don’t forget to take lots of pictures. Once you’ve shared this special day together, be sure to book an appointment to create your matching wedding bands!