Engagement Ring 101 – Your Guide To Creating A Custom Ring

Engagement Ring
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Engagement ring shopping is a scary prospect for most people, especially if you want to find a unique, one-of-a-kind ring to pop the question with. So, we’ve made things easier with our guide to choosing a custom engagement ring.

1. First, do research.

It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different engagement and diamond ring terms, prices, and qualities, as well as styles. The best place to start is online by browsing a broad range of different designs. If you know that your fiancé-to-be has her heart set on a specific shape, you can cut right to the chase and start looking at that shape. Make a list of the styles and shapes you and her like so you have a good idea when designing the ring.

2. Make an appointment with a jeweller.

Having a set appointment is a good way to ensure the jeweller has the time to meet with you. Have your information ready and even take your future fiancé or a family member or friend along with you. You and the jeweller can go over your short list of desired shapes and styles. It’s worth noting that sometimes what you have in mind won’t translate well on her hand, so be prepared for a few things to possibly change during the appointment. Jewellers like Simon West Fine Jewellery offer one of a kind handmade diamond engagement rings in Melbourne so you can surely find the perfect ring for her.

3. The shape of the centre

You need to have a general idea of the shape your beloved will prefer. For instance, narrowing down your top picks to oval and cushion makes it easier than going through shape after shape when you meet with the jeweller. At this point, you don’t have to think about the budget, since the price will be determined by the quality and size of the centre diamond and then worked towards your budget. Once you pick a shape, try it on her hand, if she is shopping with you, and compare it to other options.

4. Pick the style.

Take a look through the different styles the jeweller offers if you don’t have any in mind. Here’s what to consider:

  • Colour of the metal – Do you want yellow gold, rose gold, platinum, white gold, or another type of metal? What suits her skin tone? 
  • Double edge or single halo – If you want extra sparkle, a double edge halo adds an additional trim of diamonds to the edge of the halo. For something simpler, go for a single halo.
  • The attachment – This is how the diamond and halo will connect in the shank. For a classic design, choose a 4-stem attachment, and for more stability and flow, add a cathedral which acts as shoulders to connect the halo on either side.
  • Setting height – How high do you want the halo to sit off the ring? 
  • The band – Choose your desired style for the band.

5. Finger size

Make sure you have her finger size to ensure the ring will fit snuggly and the diamond remains upright. Once you have these steps in place, you can start planning the proposal!

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