Post # 1
We all have a list of details we would like in our ring, but to what extent are you willing to go to get it?
Did you commission a piece that you planned out from start to finish? Analyze all details and gave the approval on every step in the creative process? Or did you or your SO choose an already designed ring that captured your heart? Or do you fall somewhere in the middle on this?
Show me your custom/stock model/modified beauties and tell us your story. Was going custom a hassle? Did it meet your expectations? Do you feel your ring is less special or meaningful if it’s straight out of a store/website/catalouge?
Thanks as always for your input Bees. 🙂
Post # 3
@Arshim: I looked and looked until I found the perfect ring. I love that it was a stock ring because I knew exactly what it would look like (both stock photo and IRL finger pics). Having a custom ring made would have stressed me out too much. What if it doesn’t end up looking right?!
Post # 4
I have an heirloom stone, and we designed a mounting for it. It met our expectations and I am thrilled to have a one of a kind. We kept the original mounting and one day will have another stone put in that.
Post # 5
@ceebree: My fears exactly. Then there’s the issue of me liking vintage rings with particular details (milgrain, filigree etc) and it just leaves a lot of room for error.
Oh and I also live thousands of miles away from the US so a deposit would have to be made, having never seen the jeweller’s work in person. That’s a bit scary.
I like unusual stock models that leave a little room for customization, eg. claw prongs vs. standard or a stone of my specification.
Post # 6
@Astra: That’s a great compromise. 🙂
And you get two rings out of it 😉
Post # 7
I didn’t need a custom one, but my ring is fairly unique. It was a one-off by a smaller jeweler that doesn’t mass produce.
My ring is similar to others out there in some ways, but it’s different enough that I’m not likely to run into someone who has the same one.
Post # 8
@canarydiamond: Your stone alone makes it unique. Very beautiful yellow diamond.
If you don’t mind me asking, is your ring a DBL ring? It looks like their style/quality. 🙂
Post # 9
@Arshim: Thank you, it sure is, good eye 😉 Lol I post it on here way too much 😛
Post # 10
No, I didn’t mind the fact it wasn’t a custom ring. Of course, we found a stock ring that we both loved so I guess that’s why it doesn’t bother us. lol.
Post # 11
We found a stock wedding set that I absolutely loved! And I haven’t seen a single person with the same ring since!
Coming up to our five year anniversary, we’re getting my set redesigned. I wanted a different style of pave that sparkled so much more. I couldn’t find anything in the local stores, and for the online price, I was able to find a reputable jeweller to make them with a few tweaks so its exactly how I want it to look.
Hopefully I’ll have them in the next week or two.
Post # 12
I don’t think that having a custom ring was important to me, it’s more that haven’t he perfect (in my eyes) ring was important.
We couldn’t find anything I fell in love with, and so we had my engagement ring custom made. Unfortunately our overall experience was not a good one; a lot of the things I said I wanted were ignored and things I disliked were included.
We are now looking at changing the style and setting of my ring and are using a different jeweller, one who uses wax casting moulds for you to approve before creating the ring – which something I would definitely recommend.
I would recommend having a ring custom made, but I think finding a jeweller who is right for you and your vision is extremely important. Hopefully we’ll have a better experience this time and we’ll both love the ring once it’s complete.
Post # 13
I currently have a stock princess cut solitare, which I love, but is not compatible with my lifestyle (I’ve managed to knock the stone loose 5 or 6 times and we have had it reset, but still I manage to break it).
Over the weekend Fi and I went to a jeweller to look at a different style for me, and we found a different style I love, but I don’t want another diamond, so I am having the ring set with a pink sapphire instead. So semi customised I guess. Sorry that was so long!
Post # 14
Mine was custom made inspired by a Verragio ring I fell in love with. The jeweler tweaked it and made it a cushion halo instead of princess as I didn’t want any sharp edges. I’d be fine with a stock model though.
Post # 15
I just chose a stock ring off of a website, but FI really wanted a custom piece. We went through a bunch of $20 “practice” rings to get a sense of size, width, and thickness. Once we made a decision, we comissioned a ring for him with an etsy seller, chose the materials, width, hammering style, and a squared-off shape so that it wouldn’t bump his other fingers on the side. It turned out gorgeous, and he really loves it.
Post # 16
DH ordered from a company that specializes in custom rings, using a stock setting and choosing from a variety of metals and picking out special stones (black diamond, aquamarine, and iolite) in a unique design for me. 🙂