Not only is it fashionable to design a ring yourself, it is also a decision that’s filled with sentiment. It means a lot to a couple to customise their wedding rings to create something that’s one-of-a-kind and really resonates with their own personalities and unique relationship.
Building your own ring might feel like a mammoth task, but in reality, it could be a seamless and enjoyable experience – particularly with the help of custom jewellers like Joseph George. Here are our 5 steps to creating the perfect wedding rings, without going over budget or letting stress take over!
- Set aside enough time
We know how chaotic the run-up to a wedding is, but do not leave your ring shopping until the last minute if you’re wanting to customise! The process is extensive, from creating a concept from scratch to delivering the finished piece that you fall in love with, and you should allow for extra time for any unexpected changes along the way.
Allow for a minimum of 3-4 weeks for the complete ring(s) to be available.
2. Decide on a budget
Establish a reasonable price range before you get started – and try to stick to it! When you buy a pre-made ring, the price tag is right in front of you, but it’s not as straightforward with customised pieces.
Materials, design, intricacy and adjustments will all affect the overall cost and your jeweller will be able to advise on ways to impact your budget without compromising on quality.
3. Look for inspiration
Most of our customers come to us with an idea that’s inspired from a ring they’ve already seen, whether in a shop window, on a celebrity or on one of their family members. Some ideas about what you like makes the process easier than a blank slate would, so browse jewellery stores to figure out what you like.
The beauty of customisation is that you can combine elements of more than one ring. So, if you adore the idea of a three stone engagement ring, but want to update it with a different gemstone, you can do that. Your jeweller will be able to offer their expertise to find creative ways to seamlessly blend elements to build that beautiful final design.
4. Choose the style
From the classical to the modern and some unique twists, choose a style that draws you in and will bring you joy for a lifetime. The first hurdle is considering how you want to arrange the stones, if you’ll have any. The most common styles are:
- Side stones to complement the centre stone
- A halo of stones surrounding the centre stone
- Three stones
You’ll also need to think about different setting types available. Ask your jeweller to show you some examples to give you a clearer understanding of aesthetics, and the pros and cons of popular options, such as:
5. Choose a material
The material or metal is a decision that should be based on both your personal preference and budget. Whether you want a platinum ring, rose gold, yellow gold or white gold can also influence the type of stone you choose, as you need a band that will complement the gemstone well.
Book an appointment at our Melbourne boutique to speak with a jeweller about customising your wedding ring with our experts, within comfortable and professional surroundings.