Post # 1
SO and I have been looking at E-Rings for about a month now… gone to maybe 10 to 15 places. And still haven’t seen THE ONE.
I am taking a bit of time off from looking… to regroup.
I have to say that all the “glitter” can be a bit overwhelming… and one can easily lose focus… even get “drawn in” to the mix (Sales Pressure).
I originally wanted a large cocktail type ring with a multitude of diamonds (maybe one larger centre stone)… but with all the rings I’ve seen my “vision” hasn’t been easy to find… most of the rings that Jewellery Stores feature are Solitares, Halos or 3-Ring Settings. Just not me.
By taking a breather, and talking it thru with my SO, I’ve come to realize that there is no rush (although I’d sure love to find THE RING sooner than later, so I can truly feel engaged)
Anyhow, in the calmness… I’ve come to think that maybe a Custom-Made / Self-Designed Ring… or an existing Ring that is then altered (buy something off the rack, then change out the quality of the centre stone) might be the way to go.
Although I am a bit scared to go this route… the unseen commitment and all. Would need to have a real comfort zone with my Jeweller / Goldsmith if we did this.
Came across this idea, and find it especially intriguing since fate found me one time browsing thru the website for Blue Nile Diamonds… where one can purchase loose diamonds.
So wanting to hear your stories (see rings too)… has anyone had a ring made from scratch, or bought one and had it sufficiently altered to “make it their own”.
Was it a good experience or not? Happy with the outcome, the outlay of cash etc.
Any feedback much appreciated.
Post # 3
My ering is custom. A 1 carat alexandrite and the wedding band fits inside the ering (filled with a spacer at the moment). We wanted something original and I definitely wanted colour so it was a simple decision for us. If you do decide to go this route then make sure you research the jeweler that you are going to deal with. The person we found used to work where I do now and has many repeat customers from my coworkers. Overall it can be a great experience if you are careful and take as much time to choose the jeweler as you would the ring itself!
ETA: Forgot the pictures!
Post # 4
Mine was made from scratch. First, we picked out my diamond. Then, I brought in a bunch of photos that I liked and they cutom designed it and sent a CAD (Computer generated version of my ring). Then, after I approved it, they made it. I LOVE mine. I am so happy with my decision.
Here is the CAD
And here is the actual ring
Post # 5
My ring was a custom. My Mother-In-Law gave me the diamonds and I figured out how to make them work. I didn’t have a CAD. The center is .75 with .10 in the halo and diamonds on the split shank. The white gold band was made t the same time to fit.
Post # 6
Mine was custom. My fiance wanted really particular dimensions for each of the stones (he preferred longer emerald cut diamonds as opposed to shorter, fatter ones) and then he had the jeweler create the setting for the specific stones he chose. There are many jewelers that will do this. We got mine at James Allen, but there are tons. You should go over to pricescope forums – there are tons of vendor recs there and the folks on that forum know their stuff when it comes to diamonds.
Post # 7
I hope this doesn’t count as self-promotion, but I have a Pinterest board where I keep a ton of pics of unique/original rings. (I’m a waiting bee, but I know I will need this someday!) It’s called “Commitment” and it has pins of like 300 some rings.
Post # 8
Ours is somewhat custom. The setting is pre designed but we picked out all 3 stones. main stone is a diamond, then it has 2 peekaboo sapphires, one on either side of the ring. We were very happy with our choice. Turn around was super quick. We went to Birks (a store that I knew had a ring I want, very similar to the ring we bought) and then to the custom jeweller. Birks said it would take 6-8 weeks to get the ring in, or possibly longer since they already have their diamonds pre-set in the setting, then would have to take it out and set it in the chosen setting in my size. so it could be up to 10-14 weeks, depending on if we like the stones.
The other store, which we visited the same day. By Wednsday he had 2 diamonds for us to look at, we went on the Saturday after (1 week from the first visit), picked a diamond. He showed us a couple settings similar to the ring we were using as inspiration, picked a setting, Fiance went on Monday and picked out the sapphires, and by Thursday (less than 2 weeks from the first visit) Fiance had the ring.
As for price, at Birks, with the setting we wanted we could get diamonds between .5-.75 carats, E-H colour, VS-SI clarity. At the custom jeweler, for the same price we got a 1.02 carat F colour VS2 ideal hearts and arrow cut diamond. We were VERY happy with the ring. While it would have been nice to have a Birks ring (it’s kind of the Canadian equivalent to Tiffany’s), I love my e-ring.
For comparison, here’s the ring at Birks that I wanted, that we used as our inspiration:
Here’s the ring we got:
Post # 9
My ring is one of the only ones I liked in the store but after trying on many rings I really wanted a cushion stone and the ring was meant for a princess. My Fiance redesigned the top for the cushion. He also remembered me saying that I liked a detail on another ring and had them add it to mine. The oiginal ring was more of a starting point then anything. They were extremely helpful and great to work with. We went through a localjeweler. I will post pictures when I can get to my computer.
Post # 10
@This Time Round: Check out Laurie Sarah! They do custom ring design and workwithin you on pricing, payments etc
Post # 12
I hope this isn’t threadjacking, but those of you that went the custom route- did you find the prices comparable to pre-made settings or…?
Post # 13
My ring is semi custom. My Fiance picked the stone for my ring out a bunch of different sapphires of different colors. Some were bluer, some were pinker, some were too purple but then he found my perfect beauty, a violet sapphire. I thought this was super cute because not only is the stone my exact favorite color but he also always calls me his violet. He didn’t custom design the setting, but he picked it out out of plenty of options. And then they set the sapphire for him and he picked it up a few days before he proposed!
I think custom is definitely the way to go. Even if you just select a setting from a selection, hand selecting the stone yourself is very important. It allows you to really observe the stone from all angles. It isn’t always the least expensive option, but you can customize to fit your budget.
Post # 14
Check out Blue Nile. I thought I would also have to do the enetirely from scratch thing, but my Fiance found mine there. You pick the stone, the setting, etc.
Post # 15
My engagement ring was custom and my wedding band was partially. for my e-ring, my husband went to a goldsmith, picked out a diamond, brought in pictures of what he liked, showed him the mold and he approved it, and so I had my ring. My wedding band, I bought a diamond band and then had it hand engraved to match the detailing on my e-ring. As far as prices, my ring appraised much higher than what my husband spent and as far as I can tell, the price wasn’t really much different than going into the store and buying a ring.
Post # 16
My e-ring was custom made by a friend of my dad and it was easy and i’m even having him make me a another ring this one is more of a cocktail style.
My e-ring: 1.21 cushion cut center with hand engraving
my other ring that he is still working on is a 3.31ct sapphire.
This is the stone