Whether you're planning to propose to your special someone or you're picking out your own engagement ring, the selection process can feel daunting. After all, the choices are extensive and this is a piece of jewelry that will be worn forever. Instead of choosing a premade ring that you may spot others wearing in the future or settling for something that meets only some of your desires, consider creating a custom engagement ring. You don't need a massive ring budget to get exactly what you want.
Pros of Custom Engagement Rings
The benefits of choosing a custom engagement ring include the ability to get what you want, the option to explore your creative side, and the opportunity to create something unique and beautiful. You can also stretch your budget to get the most for what you plan to spend on the ring.
Get What You Want
By creating your own customized ring, you can get a piece of jewelry that reflects your tastes while representing your relationship. It's often hard to find the perfect ring in a jewelry shop, and you may find that you're settling on certain elements. You don't have to settle when it comes to custom jewelry design. Instead, you can decide what stone (or stones) will be prominently featured, the thickness of the band, and what type of metal will complement the other design elements.
Explore Your Creative Side
Creativity abounds when it comes to jewelry design, and you can explore this side of your personality by creating a customized engagement ring. As you work with your experienced designer at Martin Busch Jewelers, they will get to know you and your partner, as well as the unique elements that define your relationship. Those elements can be brought into the ring, whether you want to include both of your birthstones or select a less traditional gemstone that better reflects your style.
Create Something Unique
When you show off your engagement ring to friends and family, do you want to showcase something that others may be wearing as well? Or would you rather show off a unique piece of jewelry that reflects your taste? As you look at the different premade ring options, you'll often find that many styles are similar or even identical to one another, which means that many engaged couples will select the same rings. Your relationship is unique, and your ring should be as well.
Stretch Your Budget
It's important to know your budget and stick to it when shopping for an engagement ring. The sparkle of the diamonds can be distracting, and you may find yourself reaching for pieces that are outside of your designated budget. By designing your own engagement ring, you can actually make your money go further as you can determine which aspects are most important to you and worth splurging on, versus what aspects aren't as critical.
If you have a stone that has been passed through your family, you can also bring that in to have it placed in your ring, making it more meaningful while lowering the final cost. You're in control of the final cost of a custom ring.
The Design Process
When you make the decision to design your own engagement ring, you'll work closely with an expert with unique skills. Our team at Martin Busch Jewelers can help you convey your ideas, turning your visions of a perfect ring into a piece of jewelry you can proudly show off to your friends and family. Your designer has specialized skills and can provide insight into what you want to create, as well as guide you throughout the entire design process.
We begin the process by consulting with you to determine the key elements of the ring design. These include the style, metal, and stone or stones. The style includes the cut of the stone and how it will be placed on the ring. Do you want a solitaire stone set on a simple band? Do you prefer the ornate look of antique-inspired jewelry? Perhaps you want to feature multiple stones, each set at the top of the ring with equal emphasis, or you may want a larger central stone with smaller stones flanking it on either side.
After you choose the style, you can determine what type of metal you want for your ring. The options include yellow gold, white gold, rose gold, and platinum. Your budget and the appearance you want for the ring will each factor into the choice you make, as certain metals are more valuable and thus more expensive.
Yellow and white gold are also rated by karats, which refers to the proportion of real gold to an alloy material in the metal. The higher the karat number, the more valuable the metal. For example, 18-karat gold is 18 parts gold and six parts alloy material out of a total number of 24 parts. Gold is a soft metal, so jewelers cannot make pure gold jewelry as it wouldn't hold its shape. White gold is an alloy that includes pure gold and other metals, such as silver and palladium, that give it the silvery color.
The next step is choosing the stone. Most engagement rings feature diamonds, as this stone is beautiful, timeless, and valuable. You may choose a diamond, or you could opt for a different stone in a unique shade or style. When you choose what stone you want, you'll also decide on the cut and how it will be set in the ring.
Choosing Your Stone
The different cuts for stones are designed to showcase different elements and help them really stand out when set on a piece of jewelry. The most common cuts include round, princess, emerald, Asscher, radiant, cushion, oval, pear, marquise, and heart. The stone you choose and its clarity may help determine which cut will be the best fit, although your style tastes are certainly important in the matter.
At Martin Busch Jewelers, we're proud to be the premier provider of custom engagement rings to those in New York City and the surrounding area. Visit our location or contact us to take advantage of the benefits of a custom-designed engagement ring.