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Design Your Engagement Ring

Apr 14, 2008
Young couples looking for one-of-a-kind engagement rings or ways to design their own custom ring online, have more options than they think. One might assume that they can only do this type of service with a local jeweler however there are online jewelers that can provide a completely customizable design service for people in search of their own creation. You will find that online custom jewelry design service offers much better value and pricing. Recent advances in CAD technology have made it much easier to provide consumers design ideas over the internet using email and websites. Some online jewelers will go as far as providing 3d models of their designs so that you can see the engagement ring design before it is made.

Before selecting an online jeweler to make a custom made engagement ring you should investigate and assess their abilities. Ask the online jeweler if they have a portfolio of recent design projects to show you what they have done in the past. This will help you determine how skilled they are at creating good looking designs and also what type of jewelry making skills they have. Designing the ring and creating an amazing conceptual design is only part of the process, the second part involves assembling it. If your diamond engagement ring is assembled poorly then the ring could look shoddy or amateurish. In that case it won't matter how wonderfully designed the ring is and you won't be happy with the final product. Execution of the actual goldsmithing and hand assembly is essential if the ring is to look as wonderful as you had dreamed it to be.
Another thing that you should ask for is a testimonial from a customer that the online jeweler has done work for. The customer could provide you with valuable and candid information about the jeweler's professionalism and desire to stand behind their product. Again, designing and creating the ring is only part of the equation and you'll want to know that the jeweler is good a returning your emails and requests for more information.
Once you have decided on which online engagement ring designer to use you'll want to start on the design process. The first and most important piece of advice that I can give anyone engaging in this process is to keep good notes. Stay organized with your thoughts and correspondence with your jeweler, you don't want to forget to provide important details or input about your ring. Ideas are born during the design process and along the way you may decide to change little things about your ring that will have a diverse affect on the final jewelry design. Also, it could be really helpful to the jewelry designer if you're good at communicating your ideas about your unique jewelry design, you play an equally important role in designing your item.

You should also think about what type of wedding bands that you will want to wear with your diamond engagement ring. There bands that look good with your engagement ring but not alone and there bands that look good alone but not with your engagement ring. If you give the designer your thoughts about what you want in the future for the wedding band then he/she can take important steps to create a wedding band friendly ring. You can learn more about the different types of wedding band scenarios by visiting our Wedding Ring Handbook at Rokstok.

Another thing to consider is whether or not the online designer can provide loose diamonds to you. Its always better to work with one jeweler for both the diamond and the online service. Some jewelers have loose diamond search modules that allow you to examine large lists of diamonds while comparing EGL, GIA, AGS, and IGI certifications. Some jewelers have a problem working with their competitor's jewelry and if you design your engagement ring at one place and buy the diamond at another then you could create bigger problems for yourself, especially with the topic of warranties and service. So, if an online jeweler has great design capabilities and has a competitive diamond department, then it becomes a big plus.
About the Author
Andy Moquin has spent 16 years in the jewelry business buying and selling over $20,000,000 in diamonds and custom jewelry. custom jewelry design jewelers buffalo
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