Designing Your Own Bespoke Engagement Ring
Bespoke and handcrafted, a custom engagement ring design should tell your story – whether that be a pure expression of love, a reference to a special moment in your lives, or something that captures the spirit of your loved one.
But if you’re planning a surprise engagement, you might be a little worried about your design. After all, you aren’t exactly going to sit down with your significant other and ask them what they want in a ring (unless they want that). To get an idea of what sort of ring you may want to design, as well as how to design it, we can help you with the following ideas, or you can make an appointment to meet with our professional, friendly designers.
Start With A Personalised Gemstone
As we all know, diamonds tend to be the first gemstone of choice when it comes to any engagement ring, including custom engagement ring design. But there’s so much more to diamonds than just their centrepiece in a ring: you can also consider the cut and colour, including pink, chocolate, yellow and more, to create a standout statement piece.
Aquamarine Diamond Ring from Argyle Jewellers
However, there are a lot of diamond alternatives on the market these days, and many people are beginning to gravitate towards those. There are of course lab grown diamonds, which offer the exact same properties as a real diamond at sometimes a fraction of the cost; and there are also other precious stones such as emerald, sapphire, aquamarine, and lesser-known stones such as tanzanite and morganite.
Whichever stone you choose, be aware of its scale of hardness: diamonds measure at the highest level, level 10, on the Mohs Hardness Scale. This level of hardness is another reason why diamonds are so popular, since diamond is near-impossible to scratch. A softer gemstone, such as opal for example, registers between 5.5 – 6.5 on the hardness scale, making it too soft for an engagement ring as it will be scratched over time.
Find A Unique Band Design
Outside of the centre and accompanying stones, the design of your engagement ring’s band is another factor to take into account when creating a custom engagement ring design. A plain band secures a timeless look, especially if set with smaller stones, but more bold designs are becoming common these days, such as floral motifs, stackable designs, symbolic knots, art nouveau, asymmetry, and much more.
If you’re unsure of what band design you’d like, a great way to find inspiration is to create a Pinterest board. This lets you gather together custom engagement ring designs that catch your eye, and when you’re ready, you can bring your ideas board to your designer so that they can get a better idea of your vision.
Consider Custom Engravings
This is one of the best ways to add an extra sentimental touch to your engagement ring. Whether on the inside or the outside, you can consider a meaningful quote, a special date, brief song lyrics, or even a secret message that only your partner understands. This makes your ring truly one-of-a-kind.
Engravings are particularly suited to the wider, cleaner bands found on men’s wedding bands, so don’t forget the gentleman in your life!
Play With Mixed Metal Combinations
Whilst gold has always been the classic choice for an engagement ring, other metals such as white gold, rose gold, and platinum have become very popular. Why not go one step further and combine different metal colours? Rose gold and white gold are a popular combination, giving a feminine touch to a ring or a pop of colour, and can be cleverly paired with a particular gemstone to create a truly unique ring.
18ct Rose & White Gold Ring by Argyle Jewellers
Add Some Symbolic Elements
Using symbolic elements within your custom engagement ring design can add that finishing touch to an already very special ring. Whether it be religious iconography or a specific motif such as the Celtic knot, infinity symbol, or a meaningful shape that represents something significant to you as a couple, this can give deeper meaning to your ring and represent your unique bond.
Once you’re ready to find a designer for your new custom engagement ring design, feel free to reach out to us here at Argyle Jewellers – we guarantee a ring that will be loved for the rest of your lives together.