Post # 1
We are thinking of having my e-ring custom made, and I know nothing about this process. Would anyone care to share their experience? I am very particular about what I want, which is partially why we are looking into doing this, and I am worried that the final ring won’t look like what I envision it to? What if I don’t like it? I would also like to do a diamond setting with a moissanite center stone because I love the contrasting bling-yness! Do I need to use diamonds that match the clarity of the moissy? And I guess buy the center stone first, and have the ring made around it? Any and all help would be appreciated, and please feel free to post pictures of your rings, and the sketches/pictures you brought to your jeweler! Oh, but please don’t tell me how long everything takes 🙂 I don’t know if the process will take a week or 8+ weeks, so that’s how my SO will be able to surprise me, that is very important to him!
And if you have someone you recommend that would be great, we’re in Dallas! I was curious if MoissaniteCo.com did custom rings, does anyone know, I feel like I’ve read that some jewelers don’t want to work with moissy and can be snobby? Thank you!
Post # 3
Anyone care to share their custom ring experience, and if the final product looked exactly how they wanted? Or pics of moissy/diamond rings? 🙂
Post # 4
Well my ring will be semi-custom. I first bought by moissanite center stone & then found a setting I LOVED, but wanted small tweeks too it. I contacted the company & they were extremely polite and helpful. What I ended up realizing is that custom design really is a case by case basis because the companies original policies typically will differ and/or not apply. I personally was in the same boat as you about worry if I wouldn’t like the ring, so I made sure to ask about it. I was told if I wasn’t happy I had 3 days to contact them about it and return the ring.
Post # 5
@MsLotus: Hi there..I hope I’m not too late to chime in. First, I want to say that Moissanite Co. can do certain customizations to the settings that already exist on their website. However, they told me that they cannot create a ring from scratch and they aren’t able to change too much on their settings. Because of this, I bought a loose 1.5 carat moissanite from them and had it shipped to me.
My boyfriend and I had some trouble finding a company that would do a custom job for an affordable price. We stumbled upon EternityDiamonds.com. They are an online only company out of NYC. They can make changes to an existing setting or build something from scratch if you need to. I thought I would have to do something from scratch, but they have so many settings that I found something I like and just had to tweak a little. They gave me BY FAR the cheapest quote for a customization. They also allow you to try up to three settings before you decide on one…for FREE! They send you a silver and CZ version to see how you like their rings. Their customer service is incredible. I didn’t send them any inspiration pics but they were spot on with the end result and what I wanted. I just mailed them my moissanite insured and they received it and were willing to set it. Not all companies are able to/care to work with moissanite. They also set it for free. I wish I could provide a picture but as soon as we got the ring, my bf took it away to surprise me with…and it hasn’t happened yet. I did try it on once and it was great. I attached a picture of the setting I tweaked. I had them put larger diamonds in the halo and remove the diamonds from the band. I’ll try and post pics as soon as I get the ring.
Post # 6
DH and I went the custom ring for my e-ring and both our wedding bands. I am super picky about my jewelry; I like unique, organic-looking pieces rather than more traditional shapes and designs. DH knows this, so after he proposed, he also asked me if I wanted to design my ring.
After scouring websites for general ideas, I saw a couple of rings where the metal actually wrapped around the stone, and I fell in love with that design element. I also knew I wanted to incorporate leaves somehow. So I sketched this out as a “flattened” version of what I wanted:
DH took it to the jeweller, who fell in love with the sketch. He had top of the line design software, and started working up a 3D computer model of my sketch so that we could see exactly what the ring would look like from all angles before he ever started on the real thing. The software even had a function where it could display the ring being worn on a hand so you could see how the proportions looked. This is one of the early, very rough approximations of the design in the program (by the end, the computer image looked so real you would think you could just pluck it off the screen and wear it):
Our jeweller worked very closely with us and tweaked the design as needed, checking with us each time to make sure we were happy with the changes. This was the end result:
I really couldn’t be happier. We had an amazing experience and I got exactly what I wanted. Our jeweller was super excited about all our ideas and that was part of what made the process so wonderful. Just make sure you find someone who wants to create your vision, not his/her own, and you’ll end up with your dream ring!
Post # 8
Thank you all so much!! You have definitely made me feel more confident in the custom process!!
@linguo42: It looks EXACTLY like your sketch, that’s amazing! Beautiful, unique ring too, I love it!
Post # 10
I would suggest asking around for a local jeweler. We took a recommendation from my aunt of a jeweler that her boss as well as another friend often used (completely random but better than going in blind). We started off with an idea and after looking at what was avalilable and mentioning what we wanted, the jeweler went and got several books of designs where he had about 3 different settings that were all very similar to what we had in mind. He happened to have a sample in the back of one of the settings without a stone which was helpful for trying on. Ultimately, we didn’t need to customize the ring but he did let us know that he could modify the design in a couple of ways. We ended up ordering a custom wedding band designed to match and simply telliong him vaguely what I wanted and that the style should be the same as the e-ring. Ultimately, we were both very happy with the process. Unfortunately, the one photo we didn’t get on our wedding day was the ring photo so I don’t have one to share. If you are not set on having a unique setting, I highly recommend looking through the books , often a jeweler will be happy to order a setting from the book for you even if you ultimately decide against it. As well, our jeweler called around to other local jewelers to see if anyone had the setting we wanted in stock in order to get us a better price since gold and platinum prices fluctuate with the market, he explained that jewelers sell stock relative to the price they paid and if someone had a setting on hand for months, it would have been cheaper as the prices for both metals were on the rise, unfortunately no one had what we wanted so we had to pay current market but that may be something to ask about.
Post # 11
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
I am very picky about rings because I hate how my fingers look, so I thought we may end up going the custom route. One day Mr. LK and I decided to stop by a small, local jeweler in the continuing quest to find “the one”. We had an amazing diamond specialist work with us at this store, and we instantly connected with her. If anyone could make it work, it was this woman. We sat down, started looking at the standard lines (Ritani, Tacori, their in-house line, etc.), and started identifying elements of different rings that I liked. From there, she brought over their in-house jewelry maker, and they both spent close to 2 hours working with us to lay out the design, select the metal, and select the stones. It was a fantastic experience, and we left that day with a 50% deposit down for my custom e-ring and wedding band.
The next step was the jeweler making the wax mold so that we could see a model of the settings before they were cast. We tweaked the wax molds to get them just right, then Mr. LK finalized the stone selections (the stones I wanted were a special order, as the jeweler did not stock the right sizes in Canadian diamonds that we needed for the ring), and then it was time for the rings to actually be made.
Since I chose a somewhat unusual metal, recycled palladium, it took additional time for my rings to be made. That metal needs a specific smelting machine, and the one our jeweler had was not functioning properly. So the first e-ring that was made was not up to standards, and the jeweler had to start again. Waiting for my e-ring was absolute torture, but totally worth it (we had been engaged for a month before we started the custom ring process. Yes, we did things a little backwards.) Now I just have to wait for my wedding ring to be on my finger. it’s torture to have it and not be able to wear it. LOL
Post # 12
@lovekiss:This is the process that we started last nite!!!!
My love has had a personal jeweler for over a decade and we visited him last nite in his home with the diamond we have chosen and doodles and saved photos on the iPad as a guide. I was told I would get to wear the wax mold and work from that after the CAD work-up is done.
So excited. I will post photos as the process continues.
Post # 13
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
@CurlyRN: Good luck! I hope you enjoy the process. Having something made just for you, IMHO, is an incredible feeling.
Post # 14
@slicey19: Thank you so much for sharing the details of your process! I actually finally found a setting that I like, so we may not have to go custom after-all, but I really appreciate the input!
@lovekiss: Yes, it would be soooo exciting to design my own ring, I can’t imagine how difficult it would be waiting to see the final result on your finger! 🙂 Everyone has made the custom process sound so fun, and I agree, it makes the ring very special because you’re designing a one of a kind piece with your SO, very meaningful to me!
Post # 15
We had my E-ring and wedding bands custom made because frankly I couldn’t find anything I loved. The process was really simple and enjoyable. I did a few scribble drawings to show the designer what I wanted and they came back with an email photo of a drawing. Then once I approved the diamonds and the design they made the mold for my final approval.
Just remember the mold is wierdest part of the whole process. The mold somewhat freaked me out and it was really hard to see what the final result was going to be like. I trusted them and they were very open to communication, which is so important through this whole process.
Here it is!