Even a small wedding can take a lot of planning. This means that you may be tempted to save yourself time by going for ready-made options as much as you can. There are instances when this is a smart move. With something as important as your engagement ring, however, it’s often better to go custom. Here are some reasons why.
You can maximize your budget
If you buy a ready-made engagement ring, then the jeweler behind it will decide how to allocate the budget. If, however, you buy a custom engagement ring, then you decide where your money goes. What’s more, if you wish, you can design your ring in a way that it can be upgraded later.
For example, if your budget is limited, then you might want to spend it on a high-quality gold band and a single precious gemstone to be the centerpiece. You could then save money by having the main gemstone surrounded by artificial stones. Once you’ve had some time to save, you can replace these with real gemstones.
You can use non-standard materials
With a custom engagement ring, you have total control over what metal and stones are used. In fact, you don’t even have to use stones at all. You could opt for an engagement ring with a design created out of metal in place of a stone. For example, you could have a ring with a monogram or a special symbol.
If you do opt for an engagement ring with a stone or stones, then you can, literally, choose whatever you like. You can, of course, stick with regular precious gemstones and their artificial counterparts. Alternatively, you can opt for semi-precious stones or crystals. These are not often found in traditional engagement rings but can look absolutely stunning.
You can also incorporate your own materials. For example, if you have a piece of jewelry with special memories, you can incorporate a part of it into your engagement ring. This can be a great way of making sure that all the relevant people get a piece of a family heirloom.
Your ring will be genuinely unique
Before your wedding, your engagement ring will announce your intentions to the world. During your wedding, it will feature prominently in your photographs. In fact, it will be on display and photographed for many years to come. After your wedding, your engagement ring will be a constant reminder of how you came to be married in the first place.
All of this means that, ideally, your wedding ring should be as unique as your love story. Really, the only way to get this uniqueness is to design it yourself, with help from an expert.
If you have any worries about “getting it wrong,” then let them rest. When you choose a custom engagement ring, you set the rules, and your jeweler will be there to guide you. They can make suggestions and you can see what sort of ideas they spark.