6 Steps to a Custom Engagement Ring
The idea of choosing an engagement ring off the shelf has become an increasingly unappealing option for those seeking to propose. Instead, people are looking for bespoke experiences, where they can be a greater part of their partner’s engagement ring. At Queensmith, the journey to creating the perfect engagement ring design is a deeply personal, immersive experience. Here, we discuss how you can make your unique engagement ring your own, and give you a little insight into creating a ring with Queensmith Master Jewellers.
Choose The Stone Type
gemstone vs. diamond engagement rings
Diamonds are the classic choice for engagement rings. Diamond engagement rings are traditional - for some, the stone choice is obvious. However, when it comes to diamonds, there are more options than you might first consider. Natural diamonds that have formed over tens of thousands of years are a romantic choice, however lab grown diamonds are growing in popularity due to their lower price point. At Queensmith, we typically source natural diamonds, however can source lab-grown gems too.
Why not make like the royals, with a bold and bright piece inspired by Kate Middleton’s sapphire engagement ring? Whilst blue is the obvious choice for royal engagement rings, sapphires can actually be found in a rainbow of colours, meaning the perfect colour for your loved one does exist - our gemmologists will search high and low to source that perfect hue. Rubies, which are actually a red variant of sapphires, and emeralds make beautiful, striking centre stones for a distinct, personal engagement ring.
2. Choose The Head
from prong set to halo engagement rings
The Tiffany six claw engagement ring setting is a classic engagement ring design, but solitaires don’t have to stop there. From prongs to rubover, the style of setting you choose can say a lot about your style. Claw settings feature usually 4 or 6 prongs, evenly spaced, to hold the centre stone in place. The look is traditional and timeless. Rubover, or ‘bezel’ settings are a more contemporary choice, where the metal is crafted straight around the centre stone, for a sleek finish.
Halo engagement rings offer a great opportunity to increase the size of your engagement ring without increasing the price: a smaller centre diamond and halo of melee diamonds will be far more cost effective than a single diamond of the same carat weight. Those looking to achieve the look of vintage engagement rings should consider a halo: choose a calibre halo for an Art Deco style engagement ring, or intricate patterns and flower halos for designs reminiscent of Victorian engagement rings.
3. Choose The Shape
from ovals to princess cut engagement rings
The shape of the diamond or gemstone you choose is possibly its most defining feature - this will have a huge impact on the style and characteristic of your engagement ring. This is a great place to get personal - which shape best reflects your loved one? Do they love sparkle and tradition? Then a brilliant cut diamond engagement ring is for them. Are they less concerned with sparkles and prefer enduring, clean designs? A step cut may be the perfect choice.
‘Brilliant’ diamonds have been cut to maximise sparkle, using plenty of symmetrical facets to encourage total internal reflection of light. Step cut diamonds are much more of a stylised look; a large table and small number of parallel facets means the clarity of the stone takes precedence over sparkle. From oval to heart shaped, cushion to square princess cut engagement rings, there’s a style for everyone. Contemporary cutting has seen a rise in more unusual shapes too, including triangular and hexagonal diamonds, for a non-traditional engagement ring.
4. Choose The Metal
white, yellow or rose gold engagement rings?
Whilst the centre diamond or gemstone your select undoubtedly takes centre stage, the metal work surrounding it is also pretty important. There are essentially three contrasting tones to choose from: the silver hue of platinum and white gold, the warm pinkish tone of rose gold and the radiant yellow gold. The tone you select should be complementary to the centre stone you choose; pink sapphires look beautiful with rose gold, yellow gold can be a great way to contrast a blue sapphire, and diamonds look their best surrounded by colourless platinum.
At Queensmith, we craft rings in platinum or 18ct white, yellow, or rose gold. 18ct gold contains the perfect blend of alloys to make a durable metal, as well as looking its optimal hue. There’s no reason to be confined to one metal type . A diamond always looks best set in platinum, due to the lack of interfering colours entering the otherwise colourless stone - but what if you’ve always had a thing for rose gold engagement rings? Choose a platinum head with a rose gold band. Sorted!
5. Choose The Band
differentiating diamond bands
Choosing to add diamonds to the band of your engagement ring means injecting a little extra sparkle - always a good idea. It is, however, important to consider the style of this diamond setting. A scallop setting is designed to allow for maximum light to reach each melee diamond. Pavé settings are nostalgic, and when paired with milgrain detailing give the look of antique engagement rings. Channel and bezel settings can look minimal and modern. This can also be a great way to add colour to your ring - consider using gemstones, or alternate your favourite colour gem with colourless diamonds for an alternative engagement ring look.
6. Choose The Personal Touch
creating your unique engagement ring
The whole process of creating a ring with Queensmith is personal: with the professional guidance of our experts, you make each and every design choice meaning each touch is personal. If the gift of a bespoke engagement ring wasn’t personal enough, there are a number of ways to add little touches that only the recipient might notice and cherish. Engraving provides the opportunity to inscribe a short love note, memorable date or your initials - whatever feels right for you. Alternatively, adding subtle diamond detailing says a great deal without so many words: a diamond set bezel or bridge can be a refined and romantic touch. You may even want to set a subtle gemstone that only the wearer of the ring would notice, in the band or the bridge of the ring.
Now you know the plentiful ways in which you can make your bespoke engagement ring a deeply personal and considered piece of jewellery, it may be time to get in touch. Instagram and Pinterest can be a great way to explore designs and build an idea in your mind of what your bespoke engagement ring might look like. Whether you now know exactly what you’re after or need a little help, our consultants are on hand.
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