Post # 1
Ive been engaged for about 6 months and I had a beautiful solitaire princess cut diamond that I loved. But due to some crazy mishap with the place FH got the ring from, we had to give it back 🙁 . So now I am without a ring. Ive been looking at other rings in some of the big chain jewelry stores like Kay, Helzeburg, Jareds, etc and everything just looks okay. Now Im wanting something custom made just for me. Here comes the question..How would I go about doing this? Neither of us own much jewelry so we’d have no idea where to begin.
Any of you lovely bees have any tips or advice or suggestions??
Post # 3
Take in pictures from the internet that you love and of what you don’t like!
Post # 4
Okay. Now can those big chain stores make custom rings? Or do I have to go to like a jeweler or somewhere like that
Post # 5
I had my ring custom made. We went to ring stores and I tried things on. I took pictures of the ones I liked and had my ring based on the design of one of the rings. Find a private jeweler that you like and he/she should be able to work with any photos you take or find! We had a wax cast made of the ring first (thank goodness because it wasn’t quite right and needed to be changed before we had the real thing made) so you should have the opportunity to see and approve it first. Good luck!
Post # 6
I know Jared has a “build your own” type of thing in store. My friend did that. You choose your center stone and setting separate. So I guess its semi custom. Zales does it too but only online. For the full custom shebang it would have to be an independant jeweler.
Post # 7
Thanks ladies. Ill do my research and see what I can find!
Post # 8
A lot of chain shops and some independent jewelers do custom work. Make sure there is a lot of communication between you and the person making your ring. A lot of jewelers will not allow returns if you don’t like the final product so make sure they understand exactly what you want. Also, don’t be afraid to dump your jeweler and take your business elsewhere if they’re not listening or fail to give you the specs for what you’re paying for.
And most importantly – shop around! Seriously. When we were shoppiong we found ppl would quote us anywhere from 1K to 4K for the exact same design. Having multiple quotes will really help when you’re negotiating specs and cost. Good luck! Have fun! 🙂
Post # 9
My fiance had a stone and took it into a family owned jeweler. They sat down with him for about an hour while they talked about different possibilities in settings and different details that could be added. You can take in pictures to the jewlers and they will draw things up until you are satisfied! I would find a jewler in your area (preferably not one of the big chains) and just go in and talk to them. My ring came out amazing and my Fiance had a part in picking every single detail!
Post # 10
DH went to a local jeweller who specializes in custom work. He had the most up-to-date CAD software available so DH could see exactly what the ring would look like even before the wax cast was made. Technology is definitely a bonus.
Obviously go in with a good idea of what you want, and shop around until you find a jeweller with a quote AND a personality that agrees with you. Our jeweller was working from a sketch I did, and whenever he wanted to change any detail, no matter how minor, he was sure to check with DH and I first to make sure I was okay with it. You want someone who will listen and who will do their best to exactly create the ring you envision, not their interpretation of what you want.
Post # 11
My ring was custom made. My FI’s aunt had used a goldsmith to make her rings before and set him up with the guy. My aunt has also had a local jeweller make all her rings. I’d ask around to see if you could get a recommendation for a local jeweller that people you know have used. Then you would just talk to them about what you want (you can even take in pictures from the internet). They come up with a drawing or fancy 3D model (depending on how they work) for your approval, then they make an actual mold and if you like that then they make the ring.
I wasn’t involved in getting my ring made but from the information I’ve been told the entire process took less than a month, the jeweller upgraded my diamonds without extra charge, and Fiance ended up choosing a much nicer sapphire because the jeweller had different ones and put them in the ring for him to compare.
As long as it’s a good jeweller you’ll be so much happier! Stores have so much markup so this route you can either save a ton of money or at the very least get much, much better quality for the same money. And it’s a great feeling knowing your ring is unique!
Post # 12
We had my grandmother’s engagement ring and we wanted to rework it into a different setting. We went to a jeweler in the area (not a national chain, but a Wisconsin chain) and we found a setting I liked, but they couldn’t swap out the diamonds (it was a tension setting and the diamonds had to be the exact same size) and to get it custom with my own diamonds and gold would have been double the price of their new setting WITH new diamonds.
So, we went to a local jeweler (just one guy and his assistant) and he custom made my ring for half of the price of the new setting we looked at.
We went in with my grandma’s ring and pictures from the internet. He measured the stones I had and we talked a bit about the design. He made a few sketches. We went home and thought about it and decided to go with him. We went back and he took the diamonds out of the ring and made a wax version. We came back to approve the wax version and made a few changes. We went back again and approved it. Fiance handled the rest. He got a call when the ring was finished, went in and paid for it. It was so easy to work with him. He didn’t have to send it anywhere, was the only one that worked on it, and it turned out spectacular.
So I would recommend going with a local jeweler.
Post # 13
Definitely check out http://www.pricescope.com. There are a lot of people who have gone there with exactly this question, so there are a lot of threads there to learn from. Plus there are hundreds of examples of great rings to drool over too!
Post # 14
I went to a local jeweler that a lot of my friends recommended, and gave them pictures that I wanted my ring to look like. Not only did I give them pictures, but I was very specific as to the setting.
1. mm of the ring
2. how high I wanted the diamond to be set
3. type of prong setting (I chose V-cut micro pave)
4. color/clarity of the small diamonds on the band
5. type of metal (i close 18k white gold)
They did a wax carving that was done by a computer which made it much more precise than any hand-carving.
After stressing out for 2 weeks, it came our PERFECT!
P.S- Try a bunch of rings to figure out what you really want/like before going in to get it custom made, because they sometimes try to stray you away from what you really want.
Post # 15
You ladies are awesome!! Thank you soo much for all of your helpful information!! Im excited now to get started with this process!
Post # 16
As someone whose fiance is in the jewelry business- shop around for a family owned jeweler who has been in business for a long time. You will get a better price and much better service than with a big store!