Designing an Engagement Ring can be one of the most rewarding and appealing experiences you will ever have! You may know what you want by having looked at the possibilities. Then again, deciding where to start and what to choose can be fun, educational and result in the exciting and perfect combination of gem and setting for you.
Settings are everywhere!. The internet, local jewelers, estate sales or pawn shops are all examples of places to start your search if you have not made any decisions yet. If you have, they are still great places to wander through to see what you might enjoy the best. Whether you are drawn to the Antiques, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco/Art Nouveau, Tiffany, Tension, Heart-shaped, Bezel, or Invisible settings, they are all beautiful and represent history.
Whether you consider a single gem, three stone, or cluster setting, the following gems are most often used when designing an engagement ring.
Diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, topazes all lend themselves to the settings mentioned above. Design possibilities are numerous and the choices are unlimited. Round brilliants, cushions, princess, marquise, pear shaped and heart shaped are only few of the “fancy” stones of today.
After looking around, perhaps you have the setting or the era that you prefer. Once that is achieved, you would want to begin to look for what would bring it to the brilliance you seek. Although diamonds are the most popular choice for engagement rings, it is not necessary that you resort to them. Let your creative juices flow and put the vision of the other gems you have into the setting. Ponder each one carefully.
Do you want the shank to be gold, white gold, platinum or even rose gold? Though gold is extremely well thought of, platinum and white gold is thought to reflect the brilliance of the light back into the stone.
By now you should have at least a vision of the creation that will satisfy your desires. Now, it would be appropriate to find an independent jewelry craftsman or a jeweler that you make your vision come to life. If you have picked one of the more well known designs to work with, it will make the work of the craftsman easier. Not to mention reduce the cost of creating it. However, if you have decided on custom work, haul out that budget and think about it again.
Custom work is extremely expensive. Make sure you have an estimate to fall back on if costs start to exceed your ability to pay. Designing filigree is difficult to do and the price can be prohibitive. Be reasonable in your expectations.
If you have been steadfast in your choices, and have listened carefully to the professionals, with the help of your designer-of-choice, the step by step process can be fun to participate in. However, if you would rather wait to see the finished product, prepare yourself for a very impressive presentation. By then, you will know that designing an engagement ring was one of the most magical decisions you ever made