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Taking it Personally: Custom Design

For the soon-to-be-married, designing unique rings makes them yours alone.

Anyone who’s watched what’s happening in wedding trends can see how important it is to have one-of-a-kind experiences. Couples collaborate to make their special day unique and uniquely “them.” That also means custom rings are the latest “must-have.”

Recent studies show the demand for custom rings is at an all-time high. Those same studies say more couples are shopping for engagement rings together, so this is a great opportunity to have some fun together.

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There are two ways to go about this — one is customizing your engagement ring from a list of options, the other is by collaborating with a jeweler.

You can go online and find sites to build an engagement ring., for example, has a handy tool that allows you to start with the diamond or start with a ring type, and then make style decisions.

When using an online tool, make sure it has a wide variety of diamond shapes and cuts at a price and quality you want. Ring styles, too, should run the gamut — from simple solitaires to rings with side-stone options and elaborate settings. Quality rings will be available in all colors of gold and in platinum, with options for mixing the metals. Look for choices in the weight of gold — 18K, 14K, 10K — to give you options in pricing when you find the look you want.

With a wide variety of options, and because every diamond or color stone is unique, building your own engagement ring gives you a one-of-a-kind style at a lower cost and faster turnaround than creating an original design with a jeweler.

Working with a jeweler

If you’ve got a design in your head that you love, get yourself into a store that offers design services. Keep in mind, it will cost more and take longer. Expect to have a few consultations with your chosen jeweler.

You’ll need to approve sketches, a model may be cast in wax and/or 3-D renderings will be shown to you for your go-ahead. You’ll pick a diamond or diamonds. Then the ring will be made, the diamond set, and you’ll get to see the gorgeous final product.

Even if you’re not the most artistically inclined, a jewelry expert can make your dreams reality. To find out more about custom design, talk to your jeweler — Jared The Galleria of Jewelry has design experts in all of its stores, ready to help you create a ring as unique as your love for each other.

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