A Beautiful Wedding Present

How To Make That Custom Engagement Ring Really Yours

If you get a chance to design your own engagement rings, grab it. Being able to create a ring that looks exactly like your dream ring is a special blessing. Plan the ring carefully; not only do you want something unique, but you also want to be sure the ring doesn't run afoul of a few issues that affect most jewelry. After you design the ring, hang onto the design for a while to see if it loses its designed luster. That way, you can go back and modify the design instead of living with rings that you might have wanted to change.

Look up Gemstone Meanings -- and Gift Traditions

If you plan to have gems in the ring other than diamonds, be sure to look up the meanings and whether there are any gift traditions associated with the stones. For example, onyx is a common semiprecious stone in rings, but it has an older association with bad luck -- not something you want to wear for your engagement. Maybe you and your partner don't believe in those superstitions, but even then, it helps to know the lore so that you're not surprised when random people start telling you about your ring.

Remember You Both Have Pockets

Engagement rings can be plain bands, have simple inlaid stones, and have settings that rise above the band. Remember that rings with higher profiles might get caught on clothing if you're putting your hand in your pocket. That force, as gentle as it can seem, can still bend prongs and push the ring uncomfortably far back on your finger. This does not mean you should not design rings with raised settings, just that you should be aware of the issue so you can adjust your design to your liking.

Add Identifying Engravings

An engraving on the inside of the band can be romantic, and it can also be a smart move in terms of safety. If you lose a ring, for example, you can identify a found ring as yours by looking for the inscription. Make it unique (but not one that might give away a password, like a birthdate or a nickname) so that you can definitively state the ring is yours.

Your design is limited really only by physics and what the jeweler can realistically create. Cost does play a role, but that's a flexible limit that you can play around with.