How can I design my own engagement ring? (10 Steps to your Dream Piece)
By Teaghan Scott
Like weddings themselves the process of ring shopping has certainly adapted and changed over time. Nowadays, many contemporary couples embark on engagement ring shopping together. Designing a ring together can be an amazing process where both people get to experience the sentimental connection that comes from creating a future heirloom piece. It’s also a sure-fire way to make sure your partner 100% loves her ring!
But where should you start? There’s a lot that goes into creating a gorgeous engagement ring and you will without doubt need some professional guidance. But to start you off we’ve created an easy 10 step guide for designing your own engagement ring.
1. Find inspiration
Collecting images of styles and designs that you really like is a fantastic way to start the design process. Look through catalogues, magazines, wedding blogs, Instagram or Pinterest to collate a vision board of potential designs. This will give you a good foundation of what typical engagement ring designs may look like. You may not find the exact image of your ideal ring, but you’ll have an important reference list of design features that you love (and perhaps more importantly, the ones you don’t!). Save these images to a safe place and make sure to bring them along once you have booked your appointment.
2. Window shop
Now that you’re feeling inspired it might be worth stopping by a few jewellery store windows. You’ll be able to see how the designs look in person and this will quickly shortlist your ideas. See which styles you are drawn to the most and take note of the finer details such as; width of the band or the shape of the centre stone.
3. Choose your metal
Deciding on the type and colour of the metal is one of the most important choices. The colour of the metal is going to have a big impact on the overall appearance of your ring. If you already wear jewellery then it’s best to match your ring with what you already own. If you predominately wear silver jewellery then platinum or white gold may be for you. Otherwise, rose gold or yellow gold stand alone as preferred choices. Remember you will be wearing the ring every day, so you want something that is classic and fits with your personal style.