- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2015
So my FI and I decided to design our ring together. Poor guy had had a setting picked out, unbeknownst to me, but then brought up rings on our six-year anniversary, and as we talked about them, he was worried he’d gotten the wrong thing. He actually did great, but based it off of the only diamond jewelry I currently have… which was my former wedding band. Oops! So we set out to do this together. We looked at loose diamonds at brick and mortar shops and were horrified that we just wouldn’t be able to find anything affordable – I wanted a big ol’ cushion more than anything, and hardly anyone had any. We found loose diamonds on line at Ritani for AMAZING prices, and best yet, you can have them sent to a local store for an in-store preview before you buy. That made all the difference – I was too freaked about buying site-unseen from Blue Nile, as helpful as all of their customer service folks were. My diamond is a 1.72 modified cushion brilliant, VS1, J-colored (6.8 mm x 6.74 mm). BLING!!
Anyhoo, when we found my FI’s ring, I also found a setting I adored, but it was set with a round, and I wanted the petals without the T-shape in the middle. I took about oh, a million photos of this setting and submitted them to our jeweler.
They did the CAD and we approved it, but I really, REALLY did not understand how to look at CAD drawings. I assumed the height would be as tall as the original, and I assumed that the petals would have that wonderful milgrain. Here is the original cad:
The ring it produced is very pretty, and it worked for an incredible surprise proposal by my FI with all of our friends gathered around for my surprise birthday party… the party was the huge surprise, then about an hour in he said, “time for cake!” And the cake read “GUESS WHAT” and had little plastic rings all over it! And he was standing there next to me with the ring! *GUSH* So he had to ask, “Did they get it right?” I had to be honest – nooooooo, not really. I don’t have a good picture of the side of the ring, but it ended up being really short, just barely cathedral, and the petals were almost completely smooth, without the milgrain. I really wanted my petals. *stomps foot* On the first ring, they just looked like bulky prongs, unless you looked REALLY closely.
Luckily with our jeweler, you get one free re-make! Thank heavens. So it took e-mail upon e-mail, design change upon design change… I was starting to lose heart, thinking I’d never really be able to tell them how to make it. I couldn’t understand how we were so far off, I’d think, but didn’t they LOOK at the pictures? Part of the problem, as it was explained to me, was that they were creating the setting for a cushion, not a round, and the prongs couldn’t exactly sit the same way. They said with prongs on a round diamond you can place them anywhere – that a round diamond can spin in its setting without fear of coming loose, but a cushion cannot, so the prongs have to be placed in very specific places. Ok, I was cool with that. And from my previous experience, I knew I had to ask every little question, no matter how obvious the answer seemed.
But, by golly, I think they finally got it. I approved them to go ahead with this – here is the new cad:
And here is the computer-generated rendering comparison – the original design is on the left, the new one is on the right:
New design computer rendering:
Bees, I’m just so excited! After about a month of back-and-forth changes, I approved this maybe… three weeks ago? So I don’t know how long it will be before I get the call, but I am TWITCHING with anticipation! If my FI had found the original ring all by himself, I wouldn’t have changed a thing, but because we’d done this together with a specific design in mind, we really wanted what we set out to get the first time around.
Although I’ve looked at a zillion boards about custom ring experiences, I really wanted to add my own – I was sure it was just never going to work, but now I’m very optomistic. Tell me, how was your custom experience? Please, share CADs and photos if you would! I’d love to see how other bees’ custom rings turned out.