(Closed) Anyone with a custom ring? Hit a snag with mine!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Mine was a custom ring (my aunt left me her ring in her will and we got it reset), and I love it. It’s a family heirloom and an engagement ring in one! 

I’m sure it will turn out exactly as you have specified, especially if you’ve been so on top of the jeweler to make sure it’s perfect. And if you love it, I suspect your FI will feel the same way. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

My set are custom.

The only thing I can say about the wax is that it is always thicker and bulkier than the end product!

Post # 5
Hostess
11174 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@MrsOliveBird:  Agreed.

I had my e-ring and wedding bands custom made and was warned throughout the process to not be freaked out by the wax model. In looking at photos in comparison to my ring it is pretty amusing the difference in bulk and how the final diamonds actually look versus little holes where they will go.

Also, pictures are quite helpful. Even if you aren’t there you can still approved photos of the wax model.

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

My engament ring and wedding band are custom and they turned out great and I did not even get to try them on till they were done. I only got to see pictures. Once you try your ring on it will be magic and you will fall in love with it I am sure. 

Post # 7
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104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ve had 2 rings custom made by 2 different jewelers & they both turned out fabulous!!  Custom is the way to go because you get exactly what you want.

I actually found a vintage ring online that I absolutely loved, never even saw it in person, but I sent photos of it to the jeweler to use as inspiration & gave him a couple design tweaks to incorporate.  I had also picked out the center stone.  He whipped up CADs for us to okay the next day, about 6 images total.  We okayed them & the ring went into production.  I didn’t see anymore of the ring, not even a wax casting, until my fiance proposed with it the following week, lol!!  It’s just what we wanted & fits my finger perfectly & it’s one-of-a-kind!  Couldn’t have been more pleased!

No worries, rings don’t look nearly as pretty as CAD or wax molds!  Once it’s sparkling on your finger, it’ll look amazing!

Here’s a CAD of my ring…

My actual ring…

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m glad to hear that others have had very good custom experiences because the one experience I had was awful.

My e-ring had a bypass design and had to have a custom wrap/band made for it.  It was supposed to go the opposite way of the bypass, so it fit together like a puzzle.  There was no diamonds in this band, so I thought how hard can it be to make?  The jeweler assured me it would be an easy job.

Over 6 weeks they never showed me a wax or mock up, and since I didn’t know anything about having a custom ring made, I didn’t know to ask for one.  When I got the ring, the “wrap” didn’t even fit into my setting!  It looked terrible.  I was so upset.  The jeweler said that they had a hard time getting it to line up correctly…hello?  Why didn’t you tell me this instead of wasting 6 weeks of my time?

So the week of my wedding I was forced to buy a wedding band from a mall jeweler (another fiasco story for another time) and never did try to have another wrap made for my e-ring.  I wound up wearing my e-ring and wedding band on separate hands.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee

@bunnyharriet:  Schubach will be making me a ring based on this design. I love how visible the diamond is and how it is suspended. My ring will be 14 k yellow gold with a 1.25 ct 7 mm center moissanite stone (paid $309 for it with a lifetime warranty) and 40 moissanite stones which will be pave set in the shank and prongs which Schubach will provide. The ring will have a euro shank so it doesn’t spin around on my finger and it will be size 5. Schubach is making the ring for $1575 so my ring will cost $1894 when all is said and done.

Post # 11
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4465 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I copied and pasted this off of another thread I commented on a few weeks ago about my custom experience. It’s long and in the nitty gritty, so I hope you don’t mind. 

I got my ring custom made. I had the center stone taken out of a very aged and dated setting that belonged to my husband’s grandmother and the halo came out of a necklace that my mother in law has stones for the rest of her children, as well. It took me a while to decide what kind of setting I wanted, so I would also take some time to think. You really need to know that you’ll love what you’re getting and that you won’t end up tiring of the design.

I’ll show you a picture of my ring and then I’ll tell you a little bit more of my experience and the different designs I was thinking of. 

sapphire engagement ring heirloom :  wedding engagement ring gold heirloom saphhire Xyz

 
Ok so as you can see, it’s a .75 center with a halo of bigger diamonds than are usually found in a halo – they are all .10. The shank is made of small diamonds as well (though it’s a little more channel than micropave) and some of those were taken from a very old cluster ring I had. I am very lucky because although the diamonds all came from different sources (and we had to add two in the halo and a lot on the shank) my jeweler matched them all up for me. 

My original idea was a solitaire with diamonds on the band. I really wanted this look. My sister even bought me a fake ring for $10 at a store so I could wear it and see how I felt. Truth is I got a little bored of it because while I admire the style I didn’t feel like it was “me.” I was also not happy with the idea of turning the .10 diamonds into a band and having the band overpower the e-ring since comparatively the stones would be so large (working with so many different sized stones!!). My mom was definitely pushing for me to do a style that would enhance the size of the stone (which I ultimately ended up with). I was contemplating putting the halo in a prong shape so it would almost resemble a flower around my center (sometimes I wish I did, but I know I probably wouldn’t have liked the look for every day), and I just tried so many different combos. In the end I decided to put all the diamonds into a the e-ring and get a plain w-band to offset it. I know one day I’ll upgrade to an eternity ring so it gives my husband a nice anniversary present to get me one year.

Ok as far as jewelers. I went to my mom’s best friend’s jeweler. She does hundreds of thousands of dollars of business with this man and she actually has business cards printed up as a consultant for him, I guess? Anyway, so obviously that is where my mom goes for her jeweler needs. He made a pair of earrings for me that I still wear for my high school graduation and I get many compliments on them. I really trusted him. The only problem was that I didn’t feel that him and I were able to communicate exactly the way I would’ve liked. For instance, I saw a picture in a catalogue and I loved it and I told him that I would the ring to look like that (only with my size diamonds obviously since the proportions of the diamonds in the catalog were different). The thing is he wasn’t explanatory enough about the way the actual setting would sit on my finger and I wish that he would’ve done more by way of letting me try on a wax model or making up a CAD – which I think you should definitely ask for. Here is what the setting looks like from the side and the original design from the catalog. I knew there was no way my ring would look as dainty as that one because we were working with larger, less dainty stones. However, I did not know it would look like this. (Ugh I’m really sorry for the sideways picture, but there’s nothing I can do about it now).

sapphire engagement ring heirloom :  wedding engagement ring gold heirloom saphhire Asjf

 
sapphire engagement ring heirloom :  wedding engagement ring gold heirloom saphhire Photo 1
 
sapphire engagement ring heirloom :  wedding engagement ring gold heirloom saphhire Photo 2

 
That’s just a ridiculous gap, is it not? My mom knew it was a little off also that this was the way the ring was coming back when we never discussed it being set up that high because she told me suggestion the jeweler made to close it if I wanted. I could line it with diamonds or put one hidden diamond right in the center. Perhaps I will take it back eventually and line it with diamonds. How glamorous, but I didn’t feel like adding one diamond on each side was such a big deal to pay more money no one had, especially since when I wear the wedding band it covers one side and it’s honestly not noticeable to a person looking at the ring. But, the problem is I wasn’t expecting it. Had I been expecting it then I wouldn’t have had a problem. It  is very important to work out kinks and get a complete work up of what you are having done when you are paying a lot to have custom work done. There are times when I look down at my hand and I LOVE my e-ring and times that I wish I could change it or notice little “imperfections” and think I would I could get it re-set or choose something more dainty and not as unique (I mean, it definitely different, you know?) but ultimately I know I got something that is very “me” so I need to stop being self-conscious.

Oh and by the way, a diamond fell out of my halo in May. 

sapphire engagement ring heirloom :  wedding engagement ring gold heirloom saphhire Ring 1

The jeweler replaced it for free. Make sure that you know policies about things like (you may be taking out insurance on the ring, I don’t know). But it’s good to get reviews and go to reputable places (reputable by people you know in person preferably) where you can trust their hands with your valuable heirloom pieces. 

Hope this helped a little and if you have any questions, just ask. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I know you’re already in the process of getting the ring made. This post ^^ was a response to someone else who was looking into the process, so that’s why some of my comments were specific to her. Sorry I didn’t have the patience to re-write everything 🙂

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

So far my design process is going really well. Schubach does computer renderings and wax models. I won’t be able to try it on but they can photoshop it onto a hand for me. 

I have corresponded with Schubach through email about 30 times I believe hammering out the details of the design. I could have called them but I prefer email communications so I can remember what was said. 

I am starting to worry about having pave diamonds. I am worried about them popping out. Maybe I should have them channel set them or something ekse? I don’t know.

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