Getting married is all about “forever.”
You’re committing to spending the rest of your life together, and your ring should symbolize that. When you create a custom engagement ring, you can ensure that you’ll still love it ten, 20, and even 50 years down the road. It may require a little extra work, but the end result is worth the effort!
Are you ready to get started? This guide covers everything you need to know to create a custom engagement ring design.
We’ll walk you through the process from beginning to end so you know exactly what to expect when you build your ring.
It’s no secret that engagement rings are expensive, so it’s imperative to work with a designer who will get it right the first time.
First, narrow down your search to a designer in your city (or within driving distance) that you’re comfortable visiting three to four times throughout the process.
Second, read reviews. A lot of them. A good designer will listen to your love story and take the time to get to know you and your partner. If you feel rushed or uncomfortable, your ring just won’t turn out right. So, do your research, read reviews, and choose a custom jewelry designer you trust to ensure you have only the best possible experience.
Your first appointment to create a custom engagement ring design can go one of three ways.
Although the media may portray it differently, only about 35% of proposals are a complete surprise. If you’re a part of this brave group, come in on your own and we’ll create a custom engagement ring design together.
However, you can also include your partner in the process. Sometimes she comes just for the first appointment. Here you can share your story, browse your options, and explore her likes and dislikes for the ring design. Then, return on your own to complete the process and surprise her with the finished product.
Finally, you can design the ring together from start to finish. It’s quite a romantic experience to build something so meaningful together and a great way to ensure she gets the ring design she’s always dreamed of.
Before you come in for your first appointment, ask yourself these questions:
Coming prepared will help us tailor the perfect ring for her personality. Talk to her family and friends about what she likes and listen closely to any comments she makes about fashion or style. With a little sleuthing, you may just stumble upon her Pinterest board as well!
At your first appointment, we’ll start with your ideas and build from there. The first step is choosing the shape, size, cut, and color of the center stone and then the rest of the design will flow from there. With your inspiration and our expertise, we’ll nail down all the details of your ring during this session.
After the initial appointment, we use specialized software for computer-aided design (CAD) to build a virtual model of your dream ring.
This is your first chance to see your ideas come to life, and we’ll send it to you so you can explore it from every angle. You’ll also have an open dialogue with our designers so you can request changes before we move on to the next step.
Next, we’ll use a 3D printer to make an exact replica of your engagement ring in colored resin. Our 3D printing technology removes any element of guesswork from the process because you (and your partner if she’d like) can come by the studio and see exactly what the finished piece will look like. Once you approve it, our in-house designers will source the materials and build your custom ring to your exact specifications.
This is the most important step in the process and the most exciting! Our designers will contact you when your ring ready for pick-up, walk you through the final details, and, of course, wrap it up in the perfect box for your proposal. Now, you’re officially ready to pop the question with a custom engagement ring.
We can’t do this step for you but we can give you some advice. Just like the ring, the best proposal is one that is personalized for your partner.
Our tip? Think about what she really likes and not just what you’ve seen on TV. Going big may be exactly what she wants, but a quiet, intimate moment together can be just as meaningful. If you spend time and care to make the proposal special it’ll create a cherished memory for years to come.
Davidson Jewels has been in business for more than 30 years. In that time, we’ve helped a lot of couples design their dream rings! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the custom ring design process.
How much does it cost to create a custom engagement ring design?
The final price will depend on the stones, metal, and extra details that you choose. Come in for an appointment and we can work together to find the perfect ring for your budget.
How long does it take to create a custom engagement ring design?
The process typically takes about six weeks from booking your first appointment to picking up the finished piece. Of course, each ring is different and we can give you an accurate timeline for your design at your first appointment.
I don’t know anything about jewelry, can I still design a custom engagement ring?
Yes! Davidson Jewels has decades of design experience and we can walk you through the process every step of the way. All you need to bring is the inspiration and we’ll take care of the rest.
How do I maintain a custom engagement ring?
Properly maintaining your ring is important and will affect its lifespan. Clean it regularly and be mindful of removing it in situations where it can be damaged. We also recommend purchasing insurance to cover your ring in case of loss or theft.
What kind of stones and metals can I choose from?
If you want something more unique than the typical gold and diamond engagement ring, don’t worry. Our designers can help you choose from a wide variety of colorful gemstones and unique materials. If we don’t have it in-house, we’ll put in a special order from our trusted sources.
Can I design matching wedding bands for my custom engagement ring?
Yes! We would love to help you create the perfect complementary set of his and her wedding bands for your custom engagement ring.
Did you know that in 2017 45% of engagement rings had a custom design?
Simply put, creating a custom engagement ring design gives it a personal touch that you just won’t find at big box stores and major chains. Don’t just tell her you love her when you propose, show her by putting thought and care into the ring. After all, she’ll be wearing it forever!
An engagement ring is a symbol of your love, but when it’s custom designed to reflect her personality, it also becomes a work of art.
Are you ready to create a custom engagement ring design in Calgary?
Here at Davidson Jewels, we’re excited to turn your ideas into reality. The studio has been in business for more than 30 years and during that time our designers have built rings for thousands of people in the city. Each one is as unique as the couple who designs it and we’re proud to be a small part of the love stories unfolding in Calgary every single day.
Explore our gallery of custom work to see our past custom work. We not only create engagement rings with gold and diamonds but with a wide variety of metals and colorful stones as well. No matter how unique your dream ring is, we’re here to listen, get inspired, and build something beautiful that you can treasure forever.
Davidson Jewels is located at 533 Riverfront Ave. and has studio hours Tuesday through Saturday by appointment. Contact us, stop inside, and learn more about our process! We can’t wait to work with you.