See, I am of the opinion that wedding rings (e-ring, wedding band, or both) should be a reflection of the bride’s personality, her character and what she wants the world to see when they look at her ring…which they will. Whether that ring comes stock, has custom elements, or is fully custom made depends entirely upon how (I use this phrase a lot) “uniquely you” you would like your ring to be.
I am a custom jewelry designer, I haven’t mentioned that before, and I feel kind of strange mentioning it now; however, I think that perhaps my opinions/advice could lend some insight into the designing process and how much say the client has…which, ultimately, is 100%! If the designer that you are interviewing for the job isn’t open to creating exactily what you have in mind, or you think that their style could perhaps contradict or not be consistent with your own vision, do not be embarassed or feel guilty about saying “thank you, we’ll contact you upon making a decision”, and move on to the next candidate. Always, always keep in mind…this is YOUR ring and it will be on YOUR finger (hopefully) forever.
I was married recently and, of course, designed my own ring; which, was more difficult than it sounds because I love so many different styles. I applied the same philosophy to choosing my design as I have applied to tatoo designs that I was considering having on my body: pick the ones out that you love the most…really put some time into it…consider ALL of the aspects that are important to you, and ask yourself: does the design compliment and is it consistent with who you are; does it have meaning to you; is it within your budget; are you going to love it in 10, 20, 50 years when the styles have changed and your hands, likewise, have changed? Then, step back for a month, give yourself at least this long to let your choices sink in; after that, try making a final decision. If you are like me, and a bit indecisive, then 1 month is not long enough! Back to the tatoo thing. I applied this rule of choose and wait for 6 months before I had permanant ink applied to my body–and these are designs that I created, that I loved–not one has passed the test, I am still ink free to this day.
Okay, so a ring is a bit different than a tatoo, (thank God); however, you can apply those similar questions when you are considering a custom design.
My ring (of which I designed and created from beginning to end) has a simple design with larger proportions. It is “uniquely me” with some unusual elements. I was going to go with a bit smaller of a stone and add the halo, and keep the East/West setting, & do a more delicate band–however, I considered my life, and my personality and went with the one that I thought most accurately reflected who I am.
Sorry about the image size, btw…little excessive