Did you know you could cut & paste all your favorite parts of rings, customizing your engagement ring? Did you know it could be a personalized, romantic, one-of-a-kind-just-like-your-relationship ring?
We love creating a custom ring that is exactly what you always dreamed of having!
Here’s the steps you need to take to design your own custom engagement ring! You pick the parts, we’ll make it for you!
1. First, choose what kind of SHANK you want.
UK based diamond expert Mark Johnson describes the shank as such:
The band or shank of the ring is the part of the ring that wraps around the finger, holding the ring on the hand. The profile, or cross section of the band is typically a court profile, being curved slightly on the inside and outside of the ring. Variations do exist across in many styles, from engagement rings with flat court bands, to styles with heavy D shaped shank profiles. Width is also a consideration, with 2.5mm being fairly standard, and 2mm – 3mm being regular variations to this.
Consider that a thin shank will easily rub thinner over the years and might crack easily, though making this kind of repair is a straight-forward fix that we make here at Brentwood Jewelry all the time.
2. Choose your favorite SETTING.
The design of the setting gives the ring its unique style. Your individual tastes will determine which is perfect for you. According to the English based diamond dealer Mark Johnson from the UK’s Serendipity Diamonds, the setting of a diamond engagement ring is:
…the part of the ring that holds the diamond in place. This is the area of the ring, where the greater proportion of the budget goes. The setting itself can vary greatly in style, but here we have a four claw setting. shown above in the compass setting style, with claws oriented North-East-South-West. You may see reference to prongs instead of claws, but where claws are not present, there is usually a retaining area of metal – a circle or bezel around the diamond, or a bar, holding the diamond within the ring. More claws offer greater stability, but fewer claws show more of the diamond, hence their popularity.
Here are the three main setting styles:
||Prong: A projection of metal overlaps the edge of a stone and secures it to the setting.
||Cathedral/Contour: Rising slopes of metal secure the stone to the setting on two sides.
||Bezel: A perimeter of metal completely surrounds the stone and secures it to the setting.
3. Determine Your Favorite Style of SHOULDER.
Diamond expert Mark Johnson says,
The shoulders of a diamond engagement ring fall below the setting, regardless of whether or not the ring is a one part or two part design (adjoined setting & shank.) The shoulders can vary in width to the underside of the band or can run at constant with all of the way from underside to setting. Many traditional styles narrow or taper under the setting. ..The shoulders can be solid, or can appear to divide – one part continuing the band, whilst part of the shoulder splits and rises to the setting. Alternatively this triangular ‘open’ aperture can be solid metal, another subtle design variation.
||Channel: Stones rest side by side, between two parallels of metal.
||Flush: Stones are secured within tiny openings within the setting.
||Pave: Small place settings within the setting secure small stones.
4. Do you want any FILIGREE or ENGRAVING?
According to Green Lake Jewelry,
The art of filigree consists of curling, twisting and bending fine threads of wire by hand. This may sound simple, but as the saying goes, it takes an hour to learn and a lifetime to master. First the wire is drawn out, often to less than half of a millimeter in diameter, then either used round or flattened for strength.The wire is then carefully formed to the preferred shape under a bench microscope. A whimsical eye, steady hand and consideration of the area being filled is required. The gauge(s) of wire being used is taken into careful consideration so that the desired effect is achieved.
5. What about MILGRAIN?
Again, diamond expert Mark Johnson describes the effect of milgrain on an engagement ring:
Milgrain edging is a detail which produces the effect of small beads or grains of metal on the edge of the ring, or item of jewellery. Milgrain edging produces a wonderful decorative effect which has seen a rise in popularity alongside new vintage styles of engagement ring designs. This style of edging can be produced in a variety of ways.
6. Last, but most importantly, not least, choose your DIAMOND.
The shape, the color, the clarity, the size. The four C’s of diamond shopping: Clarity, Color, Cut, Carats. These 4 standards were developed by the Gemological Institute of America and is described here:
Until the middle of the twentieth century, there was no agreed-upon standard by which diamonds could be judged. GIA created the first, and now globally accepted standard for describing diamonds: Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight. Today, the 4Cs of Diamond Quality is the universal method for assessing the quality of any diamond, anywhere in the world. The creation of the Diamond 4Cs meant two very important things: diamond quality could be communicated in a universal language, and diamond customers could now know exactly what they were about to purchase.
As creator of the Diamond 4Cs and the International Diamond Grading System™, GIA is not only a global authority, but the world’s trusted source for unbiased assessment.