Post # 1
Hey you wonderful bees!
My honey has taken me shopping for engagement rings lately and I think we’re going to pursue a custom route. I was wondering what the experience was like for other women and what to expect. If you went custom, did you enjoy the process? Would you recommend your jeweler? Do you have one you would suggest (we’re in Florida)? How long did the planning process take? How long did it take for the custom jeweler to make your ring? Did your ring turn out as you would have hoped? Please post pics! I’d love to see how they turned out! 🙂
Thanks in advance! <3
Post # 2
I am from Australia but we custom designed my engagement ring and had it made and loved it! We picked out the stone together and talked to the jeweller and we could not have been happier with the result! The only thing ill say is consider your future wedding band in the process – we didn’t think much about mine and I assumed I would be able to have a basic wedding ring fit underneath the ring basket. This wasn’t the case because of the nature of my stone (I have an opal which is not traditionally used in engagement rings and is soft and therefore has to be protected all the way around to prevent knocks/chips). I have had to have a wedding ring custom made to fit around my ring. I am absolutely rapt with the end results and cannot wait to wear them together, but it ended up being a bit more pricey than we had imagined. I love that my ring is unlike any others and that my fiancé and I designed it together.
Post # 3
Mine was quick… Adiamor did it for us. The design that I liked wasn’t one of theirs, so we paid $1,600 for an 18k rose gold setting. No CAD, no mold, they said they don’t make molds for a custom ring that’s not one of theirs. You could ask for a CAD, but this could delay the process, so they didn’t recommend it, so I just decided to trust them, and I was very impressed! After a disappointment from Kay’s Jewelers, I was very happy with Adiamor. We also got my diamond from them. My ring took 3 weeks to make, you could expedite it for a $100 and they’ll make it within 2 weeks! Here’s mine.
Sorry my phone won’t let me upload photos here.
Post # 4
here is my custom 1ct Moissanite ring which was created by one of the most talented engraving artists I’ve ever seen on etsy, it doesn’t look like he has any filigree examples but his engraving work is very in that style and just unbelievably beautiful. Check out his etsy:
Post # 5
We’re in GA and go to school at UGA so we had a smal mom and pop store in downtown Athens make it. We wanted to incorporate diamonds from both of our late mother’s engagement/wedding rings. We started desinging it about the second week in June. It was finallyyyyy finished the beginning of October. They said it would be 3-4 weeks. We finalized the design on July 1 so I was expecting it to be ready for our trip to Hawaii the beginning of August. August came and we discovered it hadn’t even been started yet….It seriously took forever and I was beyond frustrated but it was well worth the wait.
We went through 3 different cads before we finalized it. They sent the design off to whoever and they said that it wasn’t structurally sound enough so they had to completely redesign it and that’s when we found out it wasn’t even started yet. They said it took so long because it was the most intricate ring they had ever designed before. Overall, we are so damn happy with it and we couldn’t imagine not going the custom route!
Here’s a pic of all the cads and the final product.
Post # 6
We went the custom route too and the experience was awesome! I wanted a chatham (lab created) sapphire and found a local jewler that worked with them. I had a tough experience with chain store salespeople (I was repeatedly told I needed to have a diamond so the ring would look “bridal”) so the local jeweler was like a breath of fresh air. I definitely recommend the local jeweler route. Call them up and talk to them and see if you would enjoy working with them. I know there’s some companies that will do it over the internet (ex. kirkawa), who probably do an excellent job but as a personal preference, we really enjoyed going down to the jewelers every Saturday after breakfast to see how the ring was coming along. I had a plastic version of the ring I wanted so we skipped the molds and CAD. The whole process took less than two months. If I had known how easy it was to go custom, I would’ve skipped all the browsing on the internet and visiting chain stores! Seriously, I was getting so disheartened by trying to find “my” ring on the internet, I almost took my SO up on his offer of getting a solid gold bar as an engagement gift instead.
Our jeweler was super helpful in choosing an appropriate stone and desiging the ring. SO made the comment that he felt like the jeweler never tried to sell us on anything, that any suggestions the jeweler made was to make the ring look nicer, and not to make it more expensive. Because of the design and type of stone I wanted, my ring was surprisingly affordable. I think if I had chosen an existing design that I only sort-of liked, it would have been more expensive to change it to the exact way I wanted. And the best part of custom is that the ring was made for me! It’s exactly what I wanted, and I wouldn’t change a thing about it 🙂