Creating a Custom Engagement Ring Can be Affordable

Few purchases in life compare to the sentimental value of buying an engagement ring. With weddings trending toward complete customization, it is no surprise that many brides-to-be want a ring that is unlike any other. Instead of purchasing a ring that is mass produced, consider creating a custom ring to show off your unique style.

Even for couples on a budget, custom engagement rings are definitely within reach. There are a number of ways to go about creating a custom engagement ring that suits you and your partner’s style. Read below for tips on how to make creating a custom engagement ring affordable.

Set your budget

The first step in this process is to be realistic about your budget. How you decide is up to you, but we recommend either setting a hard line (ie: we won’t go over this amount) or setting a firm range (ie: we are comfortable spending between this minimum and maximum).

Although it may not be the traditional approach, budget conversations can take part between both individuals. Marriage involves conversation and compromise, so consult your partner if you are unsure about what to spend.

Identify your preferences

Perhaps you already know the 4 C’s of the diamond world (cut, color, clarity, and carat weight), but if not it is important to review these options for complete customization.

Carat refers to the weight or size of the diamond. One carat is equal to 200 milligrams or 100 points on a scale. Diamonds of the same carat size may have different values based on other qualities, so it isn’t the only factor to consider.

Cut doesn’t mean round, oval, or teardrop, but instead it refers to the way the diamond is cut and how it reflects light. A good cut allows a diamond to sparkle brilliantly, while a bad one may appear dull. Cut is the most important aspect of the 4 C’s, because it affects the diamond’s overall appearance.

Color also impacts a stone’s value more than you might realize. The highest valued diamonds are almost completely colorless, but diamonds can naturally display a range of colors, including yellows and pinks. Feel free to choose a diamond that reflects your unique style, as colorless isn’t the only way to go.

Clarity involves the overall appearance of the stone. Diamonds often include tiny blemishes or characteristics that make them unique. Some of these impurities require magnification to even be seen, so don’t stress about it if you are happy with the look.

Aside from these characteristics, you can also customize the look of your ring by choosing your metal, stone shape, and setting. Building a custom ring allows you to consider alternative metals like rose gold, or different shapes, like pear or oval. You can accentuate your center stone with a specific setting, like an elegant cathedral design or a classic prong approach.

Lastly, consider various options for the other stones in your ring set. You might want to incorporate other precious gems like sapphire or emerald for a completely different look.

Find a jeweler

Many jewelers and specialty shops now offer a build-your-own ring approach. Once you have identified your preferences, you will be able to communicate with the jeweler to create your ring. The jeweler will be able to show you options in different price ranges, like a smaller carat weight or alternative setting.

Jewelers can also offer advice on what settings and designs will best showcase the brilliance of your stone. This will help you create a gorgeous ring without going over budget.

In addition to brick and mortar stores, there are many websites where you can build your own engagement ring. Each part is labeled with a price so that you can see the total as you build it.

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