You’ve decided to marry your sweetheart and now you’re trying to find the perfect ring. There are so many to choose from and so many of them look the same, but you want to find the perfect one. Many people have decided to create a custom-made ring to match their unique love and personal preferences, but aren’t sure where to start or what important points they should consider.
1. Choose a reputable jeweler.
This is so important. Ask your friends, family, and co-workers for recommendations or advice. When looking for jewelers, make sure they have a BBB (Better Business Bureau) stamp of approval and that they are registered with the CJA (Canadian Jeweler’s Association).
2. Find the perfect design and style.
After you find the right jeweler, it’s time to find the perfect style and design. You may have already created a sketch, found a photo, or possibly you’ve spent some time shopping around. Make sure that the jeweler has a showroom so you can take a look at their designs and this will give you an opportunity to bring in your pictures and sketches, so you can collaborate on creating the perfect ring for your love.
3. Look for the right diamond.
This kind of goes hand-in-hand with the previous step. There are many different cuts, colors, and even carat weights. It all comes down to personal preference. Make sure your jeweler is able offer you a variety of diamonds to choose from to help you with your decision. You should be able to speak with a personal design consultant who can educate you on different gemstones.
4. Try out different settings.
While you may have found the perfect picture of your ring, it’s important to know that jewelers cannot replicate an exact design—it must be a completely original design. If you’re planning on surprising your bride to be, you may want to snoop around in her closet and see what tones she wears and what style of jewelry she typically wears. If you’re really stuck on the setting and design, you may want to consider proposing with a classic band that she can swap out later on.
5. Look for fast service.
After nailing down the perfect design, you should be able to get a price quote within an hour’s time. It’s also important to plan about a month in advance for your unique design to be ready. The jeweler may be able to complete your unique design in as fast as two weeks, but you may want specific changes to be made to make sure it’s perfect. That being said, your jeweler may need up to a month.
6. Make sure your jeweler operates under the strictest standards.
Everyone wants a beautiful ring, but it’s important to make sure that your jeweler abides by strict standards. Look out for jewelers that use only the top 10 percent of diamonds in the world and that their diamonds are ethically mined.