Did you design your own ring? SHOW ME!

posted 11 months ago in Rings
Post # 31
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Worker bee

After al of the work, do you “own” the design? Or can they use your design for other buyers? 

Post # 32
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Helper bee

My ring was custom made by a family/local jeweler. It took over a year for me to come up with a design concept and it also took me firing a previous designer who just was not getting what I wanted and kept telling me what I wanted was impossible when I knew it wasn’t. Totally forgot we had a jeweler friend in the family or I would have just gone there first and it would have saved me some time. My ring took about 5 months to work out final details with a couple CADs going back and forth and a wax mold being made. Honestly the hardest thing for me was being patient. Waiting for each CAD felt like an eternity and when the ring was being casted I had to stop myself from calling every five seconds and asking him when it would be finished lol so that part was stressful but only because I can be impatient. I had a problem with how the CADs looked as well because they looked huge and it looked like there would be HUGE gaps in places when in reality it didn’t look like that at all on the finished product. I felt a little bit better when I saw the wax mold because I see it and try it on. But like a PP said, my ring turned out even more beautiful than I could have imagined in the end and I do not regret custom making my ring. It is perfect in every way just for me 🙂 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Shesaidyes :  I honestly love yours 1000000x better. I think the smaller stone complements the split shank beautifully and I LOVE your set. It’s absolutely perfect. Thank you for indulging me! 🙂

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

jg19 :  Yes, especially considering that the majority of the time the jeweler is actually the one creating/putting together the design. Most clients don’t come to them with fully-formed, sketched out ideas or CADs of their own. They generally seem to (as far as I can tell) say “I like this existing design but want to make these small changes.” Even if they come with a drawing, they are generally not coming up with something totally new, something that has never been done before or isn’t borrowing from already existing designs.

Jewelry, like fashion, has elements that are borrowed across designers and designs–there really are no truly unique rings out there. There are also plenty of designs that are outright copied between designers. Just as a ubiquitous example, there are tons of Tiffany-inspired 6-prong settings and even ones that seem to be close copies of the setting. 

The only real way to protect a setting that is *actually* unique is to not show the design to others or share it online.

Post # 35
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Newbee

We designed my ring together. We were looking at store bought rings but couldn’t find any that we loved. So we went to an indenpent jeweler and had it made. Best decision ever!! I got everything I wanted and within budget  

 

 

 

  • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  maddi92. Reason: Added a picture
Post # 36
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689 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

madeforlove : We designed my wedding band with a local jeweler. It was a super fast and easy process and we’re thrilled with the way it turned out! Also, don’t mind people’s opinions and just enjoy the process. Here’s our CADs and then the real thing. 

Post # 37
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Buzzing bee

hopefulfuturemrs :  Wow, your wedding band is really pretty and modern. It kind of makes me think of the shape of a nautilus shell.

Post # 38
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2020

madeforlove :  DO IT. I loved working on designing my engagement ring with my fiancé, and it exceeded my expectations by far! The CAD worried be a bit because I couldn’t exactly tell how the ring would truly look but everything turned out perfect! 1.5c diamond center and rose gold band. Please share photos of your ring when you get them! We worked with Olive Avenue and although I love my ring and they were amazing throughout the process I am a little upset because they added our custom design to their website about two weeks after we receive the ring. I understand their a company and at the end of the day want to please customers, I just wish they would have reached out to us and let us know they chose to include our design in their collection, does take a bit of the ‘special one of a kind’ feeling away though. 

Post # 39
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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Ughhh I really don’t know how to make this pic smaller, I tried I swear X,)

My jeweler is selling all her custom rings as her private collection and named them after client’s name.

Post # 40
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Helper bee

Custom design through The True Gem! It is a 7.5mm OMC moissanite in their Taylor setting modified to be a little bit thicker and with double claw prongs. We are ordering it sometime this week so I don’t have a picture IRL bc it doesn’t exist yet haha but I have a video of the wax mold. 

https://imgur.com/a/yJIeavt 

Post # 42
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Helper bee

frenchtoastvegan :  thanks! me too! Your ring will always be one of my favorites! I love it so much. 

OH also my mom was in their office last week dropping off some old gold we had to put towards the ring. One piece is a heart pendant with these gorgeous round sapphires that I wanted to use in the wedding band and I have been super obsessed with the custom genevieve they did with sapphires. Anyway, she is the absolute sweetest and surprised me and SO with the CAD for it. 

I guess I technically have two custom rings 😛

Post # 43
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2018 - Tizer Gardens/Carroll College

I just realized that I DO have a cad of my ring from when we were going round and round with finalizing the wedding band! Yay advanced image options from the WB! We ended up softening the outside shape of the prong from the cad (and going shared-prong instead of 4-prong) to take out some of the business.

Cad2

Post # 44
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2019

SomethingBleu :  Oooooo I love it! And what a great way to repurpose your family jewelry I was there this past Tuesday! We got my FH ring. I asked about doing a band in lab grown emeralds but I think I need to pay off some of my student loans first, haha! 

Post # 45
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792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I designed two rings. I think they turned out great. It was a few years ago and I don’t have pictures, but I totally recommend the process. I ended up buying an engagement ring after losing my first one (I have since learned not to wear it in the winter. My fingers just shrink terribly in the winter and my knuckles aren’t big enough to keep them on). I didn’t think that it looked terribly durable so I had the stone reset. The actual product definitely looked different than the designs. It’s just hard to picture it. Definitely more delicate as you noted.

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