Over the last ten or so years, we have witnessed a steep rise in interest in custom jewelry. Engagement rings, in particular, have been at the center of this trend as it is one of the main ways in which young couples can capture and perpetuate what is unique about their love and relationship.
Customized engagement rings, however, are not a new phenomenon introduced in the last few decades. Virtually all engagement rings were custom-made throughout history, with the exception of the latter part of the twentieth century when the industry adopted the mass production paradigm.
But today, custom engagement rings are more accessible than ever before, thanks to the remarkable and revolutionary advancements of recent years in jewelry design, production, and craftsmanship. Gone are the days when such luxury was reserved only for the affluent and the elite.
So, with all that out of the way, what are the things you should consider when opting for a custom engagement ring? Glad you asked.
The Pros and Cons of Custom Engagement Rings
Before taking the plunge, you might want to know a thing or two about the for and against of custom rings to make an informed decision.
The benefits of custom-designed engagement rings are plenty. The first and most obvious one is its personalized and unique nature. The experience of having a one-of-a-kind ring tailor-made for you is comparable to none. The creative freedom that custom designing provides in terms of shape, size, material, color, and precious stones, gives you complete control over how you want to create your dream ring. With an expert and dept jeweler, the sky will be the limit on the design possibilities, the degree of personal sentimental touches, and the extent of your sources of inspiration.
The extent of control does not stop there. Creating a custom ring gives you a lot of flexibility with regard to your budget. One of the challenges of shopping for an engagement ring is that you are faced with set prices, and if something out of your price bracket catches your eye, you either have to bite the bullet and overspend or let go of an option that could be your dream ring.
Designing a custom ring can also save you a lot of headaches, as hunting for the ideal engagement ring among thousands of pre-made options can be immensely time-consuming and stressful. With custom designing, you are working with a streamlined process within a specified time frame, and all of that stress will be on the jeweler’s shoulders to make the ring up to par with your expectations.
The Draw Backs
There are also trade-offs to be made when taking the custom route. The elephant in the room is the cost of custom rings, which in all fairness, can be less than store-bought ones, depending on the specifications of your orders. But with comparable rings in terms of the amount and types of materials and the overall design, pre-made rings tend to be less expensive due to the economies of scale in play. With that being said, drawing direct comparisons between the two is not feasible as every ring is different.
Custom rings can also take more time than the alternative depending on the reality of your situation. If for any reason, you start late, you may not have weeks to go through the custom design process. In such circumstances, the immediacy of walking out of a jewelry store with a ring or having it delivered via an online store would be appealing. Designing a custom ring also requires more involvement and collaboration on your part, and the final design is contingent on the expert opinion of the jeweler.
Tips for Custom
If you are doubling down on custom-designing your ring after weighing its pros and cons, there are a few things you need to keep in mind to make the experience as smooth and flawless as you have envisaged.
First and foremost, do your due diligence to find an esteemed expert jeweler who knows what they are doing and is up for the task. It can’t be stressed enough how much of a difference it makes in the experience as well as the final product. Crafting custom engagement rings requires immense sensitivity to the customer’s needs, extensive attention to detail, and a broad range of craftsmanship skills.
Careful planning and management of both your time and money are also as crucial. Designing a custom ring is about giving ample attention and care to something special that is going to last a lifetime. The last thing you want is not to enjoy the experience because you have to rush through the process. Budget-wise, you need to know how much you are going to set aside for the occasion, and by communicating that with your jeweler, you will get good advice on some of the decisions you have to make to keep things within the budget range.