Well I think that most women would like an engagement ring that really means something special. Not just something she likes, but something that is unique and meaningful. Well where do you start? You start by looking around on the internet and putting a binder together of everything you see that you like, regardless of the price. The style, the images, the size, the color and number of the stones, are all possibilities and make notes on what you like and don’t like. Put together a wish list of ideas about your ideal looking ring. Changes in the cut, clarity, carat, color or number of the diamonds are always possible. You can also have someone adapt or redesign it to your specifications!
Next thing is to start looking at retail stores in person to see and feel the various style diamond rings you like. You may like the look of one, but when you put it on your finger it is uncomfortable to wear. See what looks good and feels good! Try some of your favorite rings on and, of course, get your finger properly sized. Most jewelry stores will do that for you for free. Always know your proper ring size and realize that every five pounds you lose or gain may change that. So keep in mind if you were sized a year ago, it may be time to have your ring sized again!
In addition, if you find a jeweler that does some customizing you can even change number of stones and the quality of the stones to fit your budget both higher and lower. Once you have an idea of the style, shape and overall look of the ring, you can then start thinking of what you fits your budget. Your next step would be to see if you can find the style and price that fits your budget. If you do, you are one of the luck ones!
If on the other hand, you have done some research and you can’t find exactly what you you are looking for, you can start looking for a jewelry designer that might work with you to create the jewelry of your dreams? Create that special, unique engagement ring that is not on the shelf at the mall, but made specially for you!
Now you can bring the research of your favorite styles and know whether you are looking to spend $2,000 or $50,000 to a local jewelry designer. Then go do some research on finding a good jewelry designer or local craftsman that will handcraft your perfect ring and work with you directly. Usually it is best to find someone local with some experience. Even better would be a recommendation from someone else then call to make an appointment. Check the designers availability and willingness to discuss customizing a ring before you head over there. Then you can both start working on designing your ideal ring. Allow extra time when having something custom made. It could take longer than you would think. Good jewelry designers usually have a number of orders in the house causing a longer wait time.
Are you looking for an alternative bridal ring? Anyone can bring their research, idea and notes along with your budget to discuss and settle on a style and budget for your special ring. You can ask the jeweler to add a certain number of stones that might be important to you or your partner, or a birthstone that would make it more meaningful to both of you. You can even consider a full custom design that might have a little wing on the side because you like birds or angels. Changing the karat of the gold would allow to get the style you want at a better price. In addition, changing to a non traditional metal like silver or changing the center stone to an aquamarine, ruby, amethyst or any other alternative stone would change your cost significantly as well. Customizing a ring can be a fabulous way to go if you are clear on what you want and the designer works very closely with you to understand, draw and keep you in the loop at every step of the way. Stay involved in the pro
There are endless possibilities when working with a jewelry designer. Of course, if you are going with the traditional diamond, the four C’s of your center diamond is a whole other conversation for another day. Just remember to do some research first so you have somewhat of an idea of style, stones, metals and price. The designer can then help you create the jewelry of your dreams accordingly. You will also have to discuss the center stone at length, which again can be widely varied and totally change the price of your ring both up and down! Have fun creating the jewelry of your dreams at a price you can afford.