The Musts of Custom Engagement Ring Shopping
1. Choose a reputable jeweler.
This is the single most important step of the process, Ask friends, family members, or other brides whose style you admire for personal recommendations. If you’re buying a diamond, it must come with a report or some other appraisal by a certified jewelry institution. If you already own the diamond, like I did, then the jeweler should be able to reset it within a day or two after sending it in, or in an hour or so while you wait in their store.
2. Start early.
It can take up to a month of back-and-forth before A design can be agreed upon. and will take at least another week to actually manufacter the ring. Here’s how the process works: First you must consulted with one of the reps; he or she should be able to create a sketch based on your preferences and existing diamond; then, they will make a raw wax mold of the ring so that It could be reviewed before the finishing touches are put on it. The mold isn’t polished and it doesn’t contain diamond side stones, so you’ll have to use your imagination to envision what the final product will look like. Once everything is set in place and it’s been polished it will shine to perfection.
“Find a jeweler who is happy to work with you until you’re 100% satisfied with the design. Beverly Diamonds was very patient with me when I asked for a revision and the final product was even more beautiful than anything I could have ever anticipated”.
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3. What to look for in a diamond…
Buying a diamond also? I asked the pros at Beverly Diamonds which of the 4 C’s (cut, clarity, color and karat weight) is most important, and it really depends on budget, first and foremost, and then personal taste second. However, You will be surprised to learn all the different cuts and clairtys that make the diamond sparkle are available at Beverly Diamonds at amazing prices check them out here. People often think of cut as shape (e.g. round, cushion, etc.) but it actually refers to the diamond’s proportions, symmetry, and polish, so this might be one thing worth splurging on.
One way to save is to choose a diamond with a carat weight that’s slightly smaller than the “magic sizes”: one karat, one-and-a-half karats, two karats, etc. It’s nearly impossible for the average consumer to tell the difference between two diamonds that are very close in size. For example, a 1.01-carat diamond may cost as much as 20 percent more than a .98-carat diamond, even though they look practically the same to the naked eye.
4. Try on different ring settings — Know the available settings.
One thing youll have to find out by your self is whether you like halos, or soloitaires, one with small side stones or big side stones, this is all a personal prefrence. This might be obvious, but it’s worth mentioning that you can show your jeweler photos of rings that you like, but they can’t replicate existing styles from other brands — it must be a completely original idea and design.
Grooms, if you prefer to surprise your bride-to-be by picking out the ring on your own self heres a quick tip to know what she likes. Look in her closet to get a feel for her everyday jewelry. Does she own mostly white gold color or warmer tones? Do her pieces tend to be more simple or ornate? Consider her lifestyle as well when choosing a ring, if she has a job that’s very hands-on or she’s the outdoorsy type, then a setting with a lower profile might be a more practical choice than one with a higher stone setting. When grooms really aren’t 100% sure, Beverly Diamonds recommends proposing with a classic clean solitaire band, which the bride can always switch out later on.
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5. It can be easier and usually cheaper to purchase the engagement ring and wedding band from the same place.
Buying from the same jeweler for both rings is helpful because the reps become familiar with your sense of style, and may be able to better assist you. With all of the other wedding-planning appointments brides have, who really wants to go through the online store process all over again? Also jewelers may be more willing to work with you on pricing if you make repeat purchases or buy the matching ring at the same time. There’s this misconception that custom-designed jewelry costs a fortune. of course, it varies depending on the labor and the stones involved, but it can even be more affordable than already made brand name sometimes.
If you’re buying your e-ring online, (whitch I recommend these days) it might be helpful to ask how the wedding band shopping policy works in advance. Alot of online jewlers offer free next day shipping, and sell far more custom rings and diamionds than your local jewler, so they would be able to better price it, and even have a quicker turnaround.
Custom jewelry is a great option for brides who want a one-of-a-kind piece or want to incorporate stones that were passed down to them by family members
For more information on custom engament rings visit BeverlyDiamonds.com