How do I go about starting the whole custom ring process?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
537 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

We’re having mine designed at a local jeweler.  They offer the service in the store.

Post # 4
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

Go to. Rocky Talky. They can help you. 

  • This reply was modified 1 year, 11 months ago by  Mdmc.
Post # 5
1064 posts
Bumble bee

Any local jeweller can help you! Just google one (or if you’ve been to one already – give them a call). Most jewellers have a “custom” section on their website. We have a family jeweller that we went to go see for our custom beauty. He met with us, showed us some loose diamonds so we could figure out what shape and size we like. He asked us to bring pictures of what I liked and we disucssed what I didn’t like vs. what I did like. He showed us loose diamonds side by side so we could see the differences in colour and cut. It was very informative. We gave him a deposit and my  FI paid in full when the ring was complete. Our jeweller said if I wasn’t happy, he would keep trying until it was perfect – no extra cost. So we had piece of mind that it would be exactly what I wanted.

Post # 6
4370 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2011


Their stone prices are amazing and ALL their rings are custom. I just bought a loose stone from them and they were wonderful every step of the way. Now working on a setting with them. I would trust them to make anything. 

Post # 7
1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

While it’s true that many local jewellers do custom work, not all of them are good. The person who recommended Pricescope is right. Unless you can find someone who has a well known and good reputation, do your homework.

I know someone who found a jeweller locally to do a custom piece and it fell apart within the year. 🙁

Pricescope is the way to go.

Post # 8
8589 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

If I were to have a custom ring made that was intricate then i would use David Klass. His work is incredible! But if it were somthing more simple then a local jeweler would be fine.

Post # 9
706 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2003

The jeweler I have been working with locally claims to do custom pieces. But I think they order custom settings from design companies. There is an old school jeweler here that makes his own pieces, but he doesn’t do CADs or molds or anything. He just makes it. 

But I would meet with a couple of local people and see how you feel about them. I am going to use David Klass to make a new set for me. 

Post # 10
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Ask local jewelers.  Many of them work with you to create a rubber setting model, which you can the approve of, and choose metals and hand pick stones.  Lots of them work to recreate vintage pieces too- so if that is something that interests you that can definitely be done.  

I was looking into this for my ering, but we decided to go semi-custom in the end

Post # 11
745 posts
Busy bee

Here’s how my FI and I went about designing a custom ring:

-First, I looked at pics online, and found rings I liked. <br />-Then, we went to some stores to try things on. I had been in LOVE with simple, brilliant cut solitaires with thin bands online. I tried on about 30, and didn’t like a single one on. Fell in love with a tacori oval diamond with a halo, and diamonds on the band.<br />-We went to one custom shop that got good reviews online. Met with them twice, and liked what they were talking about in terms of making the other design our own. Shop owner said it would be $500 for our sketch (cost would be taken out of total cost if we went with her), and showed us her diamonds — they were rated highly, but had visible inclusions with the naked eye. Between these two issues, we moved on.<br />-Went to a custom guy our friend recommended. He’s in the diamond business more so than the jewlery business. He showed us his diamonds, which were rated lower than the original persons, but SO much more beautiful. He explained that a lot of ratings are objective — so a SI1 from one person could be totally different than the same stone from someone else. This was probably the biggest learning for me.<br />-He created CAD designs. We suggested a few changes. He sent over new ones.<br />-We went to the store to try on his mold. Some people use wax, he used a cheap metal. He showed us the stone with the mold.<br />-A few weeks later, FI had the ring!

Post # 13
540 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 1993

After you join (it’s free) you can create a post.  Make sure to tell them what you are looking for and how much you want to send.  I do believe a lot of the jewlers might be high end but they can guide you in the right direction. 

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