Not all diamonds are created equal. When choosing a diamond for your custom engagement ring, there are many factors at play. Deciding and prioritizing your wishes for your ring is important to establish beforehand, as it will guide the ring design. Cut, color, clarity, and carat are all key components to consider when selecting a diamond. A smaller diamond that's priced the same as a larger diamond will be higher quality and showcase a brighter rainbow of colors. Larger diamonds are stunning from a distance but more likely to have microscopic flaws that alter their clarity and may have an undesirable color despite being a higher carat weight. Finding the right balance between quality and size will ultimately depend on your budget and your priorities, but keep in mind, there is no wrong diamond!
The Gold Standard
Part of choosing a band when designing a custom engagement ring is choosing a metal to set your stone in. Rose gold is trendy, romantic, and pairs well with those with neutral or slightly red undertones in their skin. White gold is sterling silver's big brother and is highly sophisticated. Pair white gold with those who have cool undertones to keep a sleek appearance. Yellow gold is classic and classy; it accentuates warm undertones and helps make diamonds with less pure color stand out brighter. Though most rings are made from gold, platinum and titanium are more durable and may be viable options depending on the setting style.
Don't like what you see in the stores but don't quite know which direction to turn when building your own custom engagement ring? Draw inspiration from your favorite historical period, going back to the elegant vintage charms of the early 1900s or choosing something retro and bold. Select an artistic style that you enjoy, such as art deco, and ask your jeweler what they can come up with to mimic that style. Spark creativity by theming your ring around your favorite character's style in a movie or TV series and meld it with your own fashion sense. Model your custom engagement ring off of a mother or grandmother's ring and create something beautiful inspired by your loved ones.
A Gemstone Rainbow
Your custom engagement ring doesn't need to only include diamonds. Play with color by incorporating other precious or semi-precious gemstones in all colors of the rainbow. Use your birthstone as an accent stone in a three-stone engagement ring, or if either of you has children, use their birthstones as a symbolic way of adding them into the ring and into your new family. Rubies, sapphires, and alexandrite are durable stones that will do well in an engagement ring built for lifelong wear, but topaz, which is available in a variety of hues, follows them as a slightly less tough but economical choice. Enjoy the many options that building a custom ring gives you, and have fun exploring the world of color!
Build Your Custom Engagement Ring
Create your perfect ring, from the diamond down to the details, at Ware's Jewelers. Serving the South Bradenton area, Ware's Jewelers provides custom engagement ring design services and consultations. Stop by our showroom to experience the best in meeting and exceeding customer expectations and start designing your custom engagement ring today.