12 CREATIVE WAYS TO CUSTOMIZE YOUR ENGAGEMENT RING
One of my fave things about getting engaged so far, has been shopping for THE RING! After Mr T proposed in Mexico, we decided to spend the day in Birmingham looking around the famous jewelry quarter, I had been told by friends and family that this was the place to go and I would surely find a ring there. We spent the whole day going from shop to shop and by the time we had reached the last store, I was feeling seriously underwhelmed. The rings we’d seen were either to traditional, to plain or just to big for my personal taste! I had been looking for something a little more unique, modern and as anyone who knows me knows I’m not really a jewelry person so it all also need to be discreet.
Feeling rather disappointed, I decided to look online for custom rings. After checking out a few websites and learning more about the process, I knew this was going to be the only way I would be able to find the ring of my dreams. But coming up with an initial design was difficult as we didn’t really know where to start, so today we have invited Sasha of CustomMade to share his top 12 ideas for creating your very own custom engagement ring.
“We love custom-designed jewelry. We love it so much we built our entire business around the single-minded goal of enabling every one of our customers to work with our artists to design and create custom pieces of jewelry. So if you’re thinking about an engagement ring, we’d argue there’s no better way to get the perfect ring. You’ll get the meaningful experience of putting something of yourself into the ring’s design, with the confidence boost of a gemologist helping you choose your center stone, an artist creating a design just for you, and a personal adviser to help with everything from budgeting to long term care.
1. First, think about including your family
Whether it’s just the two of you or you’re bringing children, you can reflect your family in the ring design. Perhaps a toi-et-moi style two stone ring to represent your union, your birthstone set inside the band of her ring, or a set of accent gems around the center stone to represent your children, That’s just what you see in the band-style engagement ring pictured above, which represents the couple and their three children in ruby and sapphire.
2. Geek out and wear your fandom proudly
3. Start from a meaningful place
Some customers have the unique experience of mining their own gemstone in their travels. Including a gem you mined makes the ring incredibly personal. But you can also get a similar connection to a meaningful location by having us source a gem from that region. A Montana sapphire or an Oregon sunstone to honor her home state, a black opal to reflect a pivotal trip you shared to Australia, a diamond from the Canadian arctic to remind you of your ski adventures. The rings in the photo above feature montana sapphires this couple mined and we set into matching hers-and-hers bridal sets.
4. Bring in their favorite gem or color
5. Give them their favorite flower
6. Include their birthstone
7. Feature your heritage
8. Lean on your faith
9. A new ring for an heirloom gem
10. Show your pride in their work
11. Let their tattoo guide you
12. Start with their style