Tips for Designing a Custom Engagement Ring

Finding the perfect engagement ring to symbolize the depths of your love can be a daunting task. Even though there are endless diamond ring designs to choose from, you may not find The One. Or you may find the right general design but the ring needs to be tweaked or re-sized. Here are some tips to help you get your ring in top shape for a lasting commitment to the love of your life:

Seek inspiration. If you don’t already know what you want, shop around at diamond stores and online to get ideas. You also may want to consider antique jewelry. If you have any antique rings in your family, get design ideas or see if you can get an antique ring updated to include a new diamond or new settings.

Find the right jeweler. Don’t leave the outcome of your ring design in the hands of just anyone – take your time finding a highly skilled jeweler backed by a solid history in the diamond business. Ask to see your jeweler’s portfolio to get an idea of what he or she is capable of doing. Look for a designer whose work you admire. You also want to check a jeweler’s credentials. And make sure your jeweler is a good communicator and listens to what you want. Your jeweler should be able to show you a design that lets you know he or she has a good understanding of what you want.