(Closed) Those who had e-rings custom made…

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee

There are no less than one million pictures of my ring on this site allready, but I will always be willing to post more. 

I LOVE the outcome of our custom made ring, I wanted a rose cut diamond and none of the jewlery stores were able to get them, I also wanted a diamond that had lots of inclusion in it but was still clear. When I told the jewlers that they looked at me like I was crazy! I knew I wanted a simple bezel setting but I didn’t want it to look too plain, we found a Lady on Etsy who was a doll to work with and made this absolutely perfect ring for us! she would send us pictures of it in the making to ask about stone placement etc. I really couldn’t be happier

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

oh yeah, and forgot to add, it was WAY cheaper than getting a custom made one through our store jewler…. that would have been an extra 5k!

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

It was exactly what I wanted.  

He was fantastic.  We actually took my design to three different jewelers to get a feel who would do the best job.

We did go into it being patient and relaxed about tweaking, re-explaining if necessary.  But it was easy peasy!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I got exactly what I wanted.

🙂

I live in Australia but had my rings custom made in the US. It was scary, but they turned out perfect, and for less than 1/2 the price it would cost me in my own country.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Two sides to our custom ring: First the positive: we got to use our own materials so we recycled diamonds & gold, added a center sapphire we chose together etc. We got exactly what we wanted, something totally of our creation & unique, worth thousands more than we paid.

The negative for us was that the designer we used was out of state and was very slow in delivering a final product. It actually took 6 months from the time we sent our ingredients to him to the time we received a final product. My (now) husband did not want to officially propose without a ring so we waited with no small amount of frustration, for the designer to finish.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We got the ring FI’s dad gave his mother, long since divorced and the ring reset.  So we had pleny of gold and the diamond to work with.  I knew generally what I wanted sideways/horizontal/east-west (… too many names for one direction!) because I didn’t like the pointy/stabby factor of the normal setting of marquise.  I also wanted to show it as much as was safe but be protected because I’m rough on jewelry.  We thought of both the knife edge and smooth rounded band; so the jeweler made a mold that was higher than it would really be and had both, so we could pick and it could still be made from that mold, then carved to our decision and cast.  One of the neat things I didn’t expect was being able to try on the wax mold, the jeweler encouraged me to and said “it’s just wax, if it breaks, I can fix it and it won’t hurt it”.

I think the biggest thing is finding a jeweler to work with, we visited lots!!!  The one we ended up with was what we were looking for.  Not just a yes man: “gimme a pic/drawing I’ll make it” which is all most would do, but one who knew his craft and could discuss what you envision and how well it would really work, saftey/setting of the diamond/etc. 

I’m super happy with it.  It’s not “perfect” because it was hand made, and I think that’s neat.  To me that it didn’t come from somewhere that mass produces the ring is even more special.  Don’t get me wrong, nothing wrong with buying a ring fully made.  I don’t have anything against buying a ring outright, that’s what we were looking to do before being given the ring we used to make mine.

ETA:  why o why does WB have a photo edit option if it never carries over into the post/reply?!

Post # 10
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291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Was exactly what I wanted.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

My e-ring and original wedding band were a custom job. I wanted to be surprised with the final product, but I told DH that I wanted a substantial, modern looking solid yellow gold ring and sapphires in the shank. I didn’t care if it was princess or round. I didn’t say ANYTHING about what size diamond I’d prefer. Here’s how they came out. The bottom plain band is designed to sit against the e-ring in a way that it doesn’t block the suspended diamond. (Ignore the channel set; it’s from Jared and was a gift from my parents. I don’t wear them this way). Going custom was the only option for us. I refused to let DH set out to the big chain jewelers and get the same ring that every other girl has, when I had an artist/friend at my fingertips. We paid wholesale + the cost of his labor so we got an excellent deal. I think it took him 2 weeks from design to final product, altho the jeweler was excited and accidently spilled the beans that he was making my ring! oops! 

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine was also exactly what I wanted. The jeweler did an excellent job.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Mine turned out really well, also.  He bought the diamond from Blue Nile and had the setting custom made.  It took us a while to find a jeweler who would do exactly what we wanted, but it was worth it.  Some wanted to charge us outrageous prices since we weren’t buying the diamond, and some tried to talk me into something I didn’t want.  I’m so happy we found someone who made exactly what I wanted.  It’s a simple solitaire but its perfect.

Post # 14
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3000 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I got exactly what I asked for!

This is a pic of the designer ring I fell in love with (and only one jeweler in 30 miles carried it):

 

This is a picture of the CAD drawing our jeweler made based on the designer ring above as well as my input on other little details:

 

And this is my ring!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Mine turned out amazing. This was the inspiration pic we gave the jeweler:

BIRKS BLUE® Classic Collection, Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring in 18kt White Gold

It’s from a high end Canadian jewelery store (Birks). With our budget, we were looking at .5-.75 carat diamonds there. It would have also take 6-8 weeks to get the ring in once we chose a stone.

With the custom jeweler this is what we got:

So very similar. And I’m happy with it. We gave him the same budget, and we were able to get a stone in a similar cut, colour and clarity as to what we could get at Birks, but the stone was 1.02 carats. To go that big with Birks, we would have had to spend a lot more. And from the time we first went to him to the day FI picked up my ring, it was less than 2 weeks. Literally we saw him on a Saturday, said “This is what we want, this is what we want to spend and we want a diamond in the range D-G colour, and VS2 or greater clarity, preferably an excellent cut.” He had 2 diamonds for us to look at by the Wednsday after. We went the next Saturday (so a week after the first visit), liked the one diamond, put down a deposit, and by Thursday, my ring was ready and FI picked it up. After my experience, I would definitely recommend going the custom route.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Mine is custom and definitely one of a kind.  The jeweler had her own vision in mind and when we first got it back the hearts were stacked…I’m not sure if that’s the best way to explain it.  Basically the ring sat vertical on my finger and not horizontal.  So how the frick do you wear a wedding band?  Well she said she could make one.  So even though it wasn’t at all what I thought I wanted we went with it.  For about 6 months.  Then I freaked out.   It was all wrong.

We went back and she remade the ring the way I wanted…hearts side by side.  She needed to use more gold to add an extra support and it has a bit of a weird gap in the middle.  But it’s what I wanted!  Exactly!!!  Maybe one day I’ll add a diamond there 🙂

 

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