How to Design and Buy Your Custom Engagement Ring

You’ve found the love of your life, now it’s time to find the perfect engagement ring. From the setting to the stone, each element must be carefully considered. It must stand the test of time both aesthetically and structurally.

Design Your Engagement Ring
image of a custom made diamond engagement ring

Metals

Your choice of metal is an integral part of the design. Gold, platinum, silver, and recycled metals are the most commonly used due to their intrinsic durability. Research the current worth of the metal before making your final decision, as cost can vary quite frequently.

Gold Ring Image

Gold is often used for the creation of engagement rings and fine jewelry as it does not tarnish, oxidize, or corrode. The one drawback is that it is soft and tends to wear fairly easily in its organic state. To increase its durability, gold is typically alloyed, or mixed with additional metals. This process also impacts the color of the metal, and can be combined to create different colors like rose gold, white gold, and even green gold.

Platinum Ring Image

Platinum is more rare, and typically more expensive than gold due largely to its durability. This naturally white metal will not tarnish, and is ideal for setting colorless diamonds, and other white stones. Platinum is the perfect choice for those with sensitive skin, as it is hypoallergenic.

Silver Ring Image

Silver has a beautiful luster and shine, but the negative aspect of this metal is that it tarnishes over time. Although chemicals can remove the tarnish with ease, it still requires more care than other metals. One reason some choose to use silver for their ring is that it is much less expensive than both gold and platinum. If the tarnish is a concern, our Makers do have access to so-called "de-ox" silver alloys, which contain more silver and use less copper than traditional sterling silver (which is 92.5% silver). This is an excellent option for the more budget conscious customer who wants a white metal that is both durable and resists tarnish.

Recycled Ring Image

Recycled metals are made up of melted down, repurposed pieces of jewelry. Depending on the metals that are used, recycled rings come in a variety of hues, and can be used to create a multitude of styles and settings. It is a wonderful option for eco-friendly brides, or those looking to reuse old pieces of jewelry to create a new, unique, and special piece. Recycled metal has the added benefit of potentially incorporating something special that belonged to a loved one.

Settings

The setting for the center diamond and sidestones greatly determine the look and stability of the ring. A solitaire will emote a clean, classic feel, while additional stones and detailing will give the ring a more intricate appearance.

    • Prong Setting
    • Prong Setting Characteristics
    • This is a popular, yet simple setting for solitaire diamonds that displays the majority of the stone. This setting can be created using anywhere between four to eight prongs, depending on the desired look, and shape of the stone.
    • Bezel Setting
    • Bezel Setting Characteristics
    • In a bezel setting, the diamond is surrounded entirely by metal providing exceptional security. A half-bezel setting, which surrounds only two sides of the stone, is also available.
    • Tension Setting
    • Tension Setting Characteristics
    • Tension settings feature a diamond that is held in place by the pressure of the surrounding metal giving it a modern look. This setting can only be created after the diamond is purchased.
    • Flush Setting
    • Flush Setting Characteristics
    • Flush settings feature a diamond that’s set directly into an opening in the band leaving only the face of the diamond exposed. Flush settings are rarely chosen for the center stone and are used more commonly to hold smaller, surrounding diamonds, or for wedding bands.
    • Cluster Setting
    • Cluster Setting Characteristics
    • A cluster setting is comprised of a number of smaller diamonds used to create the appearance of larger ring. The small stones can be arranged in a variety of shapes and patterns.
    • Pave Setting
    • Pave Setting Characteristics
    • French for paved, this setting features a number of small diamonds placed between tiny metal beads in order to create continuous sparkle around the entirety of the band. This look is commonly seen in a circular shape around the center diamond referred to as a halo.
    • Channel Setting
    • Channel Setting Characteristics
    • Similar in style to the pave setting, a channel setting typically uses larger stones and is thicker in appearance. The metal edges on the outside of the setting resembles an unbroken line of diamonds that were slid into the band.

Diamonds

Both the beauty, and the challenge, of selecting a diamond is that no two are exactly alike. Since the diamond is the focal point of the ring, you’ll want to have a comprehensive understanding of your options. To help decipher the language of diamonds, the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) has created a global standard called the 4 C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight.

If you’re looking for an alternative to diamonds, other white stones are available, such as moissanite and white sapphire. Colored precious, or semi-precious, gems are also available. View Birthstone Chart

Cut

Although shape is part of the cut of a diamond, the cut also determines how much light the stone reflects. A quality cut also determines how much light the stone reflects. A quality cut will deflect light off the walls of the stone, resulting in a clear brillance, and dramatic fire. If the cut is too shallow, or too deep, light will not pass efficiently through the diamond, giving it a cloudy, or dull appearance. The scale ranges from excellent to poor, making it easy to understand the classifications.

Shape: The shape of the diamond must work in tandem with the setting. It is important to speak with the Maker to find out what settings and shapes work best. Each shape evokes a different style and emits light in various ways. Look at other rings in her collection to see what she gravitates towards.

  • Round
    Round Cut Diamond
  • Oval
    Oval Cut Diamond
  • Princess
    Princess Cut Diamond
  • Cushion
    Cushion Cut Diamond
  • Asscher
    Asscher Cut Diamond
  • Emerald
    Emerald Cut Diamond
  • Radiant
    Radiant Cut Diamond
  • Marquise
    Marquise Cut Diamond
  • Pear
    Pear Cut Diamond
  • Heart
    Heart Cut Diamond

Color

Part of the diamond grading process is the color scale. This scale ranges from D, which is colorless, to Z, which has a light yellow tint. The most common range available is D to J. The less color in a diamond, the higher the quality, making D the most rare, and the most valuable.

  • DEF
    Image of a colorless diamond Colorless
  • G-J
    Image of a near colorless diamond Near Colorless
  • KLM
    Image of a faint tint colorless diamond Faint Tint
  • NOP
    Image of a lightest yellow diamond Lightest Yellow
  • Q-Z
    Image of a yellow diamond Yellow

Clarity

Although shape is part of the cut of a diamond, the cut also determines how much light the stone reflects. A quality cut also determines how much light the stone reflects. A quality cut will deflect light off the walls of the stone, resulting in a clear brillance, and dramatic fire. If the cut is too shallow, or too deep, light will not pass efficiently through the diamond, giving it a cloudy, or dull appearance. The scale ranges from excellent to poor, making it easy to understand the classifications.

  • F, IF
    Image of a flawless, internally flawless diamond Flawless, internally flawless
  • VVS1 VVS2
    Image of a very, very slightly included diamond Very, very slightly included
  • VS1 VS2
    Image of a very slightly included diamond Very slightly included
  • SI1 SI2
    Image of a slightly included diamond Slightly included
  • I1 I3
    Image of an included diamond Included

Carat

Although shape is part of the cut of a diamond, the cut also determines how much light the stone reflects. A quality cut also determines how much light the stone reflects. A quality cut will deflect light off the walls of the stone, resulting in a clear brillance, and dramatic fire. If the cut is too shallow, or too deep, light will not pass efficiently through the diamond, giving it a cloudy, or dull appearance. The scale ranges from excellent to poor, making it easy to understand the classifications.

  • 0.5
    Image of 0.5 carat diamond
  • 0.75
    Image of 0.75 carat diamond
  • 1.0
    Image of 1.0 carat diamond
  • 1.5
    Image of 1.5 carat diamond
  • 2.0
    Image of 2.0 carat diamond
  • 2.5
    Image of 2.5 carat diamond
  • 3.0
    Image of 3.0 carat diamond

Designed and produced by CustomMade Maker Paul Michael Designs

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Relative size: 20mm
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