Want the perfect engagement ring?
For picky people, it’s harder than you might think. Sometimes, they simply can’t find it already made and ready at the jeweler. For these customers, the perfect engagement ring is something they can only design themselves. But just as many people are lost as to how to start this process, let alone follow through with the design to end up with a completed, completely custom-designed engagement ring.
If you want something completely unique, we at Colucci jewelers have crafted enough custom jewelry to fill an entire portfolio. And we’ve learned a few things along the way that will make the self-design process a lot easier.
The Three Basic Elements of Engagement Ring Design
There are an infinite amount of options when you create a ring. You can choose the metal for the band. You can choose all sorts of gemstones. You can customize the band itself to fit your specific designs.
Like snowflakes, no two rings are exactly alike. But there are three basic elements that constitute a ring’s design that you’ll want to be aware of:
- The gemstone: A diamond? What size, and what kind of cut? Diamonds are the preferred gemstones for engagement rings, but don’t feel limited, either.
- The mount: Your gemstone’s connection to the ring as a whole. The mount can incorporate the design of your ring band and add an extra element of creativity, but its essential job: keeping the gemstone in place.
- The band: The heart of the ring is the band itself—the material that will actually fix the item to your finger. There’s plenty of opportunity for creativity here, from spiraling patterns to adding even more gemstones.
If you’re going to have a say in the design of your custom-designed piece, it’s essential that you know what you want out of these three basic elements. You’ll also want to think about how they’ll go together to create a single, unified piece.
A Quick Guide on Visual Design
Sure: when you’re working with items like silver and diamonds, it can be tough to go wrong when it comes to your ring’s design. But that doesn’t mean a custom design is exempt from the basic rules of visual design. So when you think about your custom engagement ring, try to keep a few things in mind:
- More is not always better. More colors, more gems, more metals—they don’t always work. An engagement ring should be beautiful, but it should also have a degree of simplicity of design. Even if you utilize lots of gemstones in your single piece, their color should have some degree of uniformity.
- Use contrast, but not too much. Sometimes, a gold highlight can bring out the unique color of a diamond. But if you go too far with the contrast, instead of highlighting your gemstone, you may end up merely clashing.
We’ll be glad to work with you to settle on a design that’s pleasing to the eye while offering the “wow!” factor you’re looking for. After all, that’s the whole point of the engagement ring: to illicit a powerful reaction when it’s time to get on one knee and open that box.