If you think that custom-designed rings are the stuff of legends and can only be afforded by super-stars and odd folks who are ready to waste a fortune on something ridiculous, you must be out of the game, my friend. It’s 2016 out there, and that means people are more than happy to do all kinds of “customizing tweaks” for the clients for a solid price. You could say going with a custom engagement ring is the new normal. Despite the fact that there are all kinds of different offers on the market, there’s no guarantee you’ll find you perfect jewelry even if you circle around the block a couple of times, if you know what I mean. So, with that said, you need to learn about a few useful tips and tricks that will help you design your perfect ring for the generations to enjoy. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!
Go With A Respected Jeweler
This is probably the most important thing to do, and It would be a good idea to ask your friends/relatives about their favorite jeweler. Remember: if you decided to buy a diamond, make sure that it comes with a GIA report or any other official appraisal by a certified institution, otherwise you might end up with a fake. If you carry your diamond with you, it shouldn’t take the jeweler more than an hour to reset it. You can go home and take care of stuff or just wait in the store and check out what they’ve got in the showcase.
If You Wanna Be In Time, Start Early
It may take you more than a month before you finally come out of the store with your perfect wedding ring on your finger. Aha, it’s a pretty time-consuming thing, so, make sure to start taking care of it as soon as you can. This is how it goes: you find just the right jeweler and he makes a sketch, based on your personal taste and the diamond. Next, he/she creates a raw mold of the final thing for you to “review” before the finishing touches are put. The key to success is finding a master who will be ready to work with you until you’re really happy with the design. Because if you stumble upon a grumpy old man things might go south pretty quickly, not to mention you won’t get your dream custom engagement ring that you were looking forward to.
Diamonds Are Forever
It’s safe to say that the most important thing about buying a diamond is determining your budget, i.e. how much you are willing to pay for it. Your personal taste comes second – that’s just how it is. A quick tip: if you want to save some money on it (of course you do), go with a diamond with a carat weight that’s just a bit smaller than the “hard-and-true” sizes, such as one carat, 1.5-carats 2 carats, etc. Unless you’re a pro with tons of experience, you won’t really be able to tell the difference between, say, a 1.02-carat diamond and a.99-carat diamond, but the difference in price may be quite significant – up to 20%, if you can believe that. And trust me, all of your friends will still love it! So, yeah, that’s probably the most important thing you gotta learn about buying a custom wedding ring.
Don’t Be Afraid To Try Different Settings
If the jeweler you’re dealing with is a pro, he/she will ask you all kinds of specific questions, and, truth be told, you won’t be able to answer then correctly, simply because you’re new to this. So, a good idea would be to pack your phone with 10 to 20 photos of custom wedding rings you like; however, keep in mind that your ring can’t be a 100% copy. Now, fellas, if you want to surprise your ladies and pick out the ring on your own (taking your buddies with you might not be the right move), don’t forget to take a peek into her closet so that you can understand what she really likes about her jewelry. Does she prefer warmer tones, or is she a fan of everything sparkly? Does she loves her ornaments, or is she a simple girl? This isn’t a joke, gentlemen, because you might just ruin the whole thing if you go wrong with the custom design engagement ring and give her something she doesn’t really like.