Whether you have a custom engagement ring or one that has been designed by a manufacturer, you’re going to love the ring for a lifetime. But there are definitely some pros and cons to making the choice to have one specially designed and fabricated for you. Below are some options to consider if you are in the spot in your life where you are ready to commit to a ring for yourself or your significant other.
The best and most exciting thing about getting a custom ring is that you decide what it looks like. I think everyone would love to have the chance to wear a piece of custom jewelry that they designed themselves. So if this is what you choose, also decide to have fun with it. Take a risk if you dare, or stay with something comfortable and safe. Either way, enjoy being able to design your own ring. Also enjoy the face that no one that you meet in your life will have the same piece of jewelry. Some women meet others who share the same engagement ring and feel a little sting because it seems like it is not as unique to their relationship. Knowing and seeing that your ring is truly one of a kind is a great pro. Yet another is having the chance to hold matching rings with your soon-to-be spouse. You can design something that suits you both and shares a part of your relationship, and once again they will be truly unique to just you. Lastly, you will have the chance to work with a custom jeweler that can guide you in what works and what doesn’t. You might have an elaborate idea in your head that seems great but would not work physically. So you can work together with a jeweler to see what would fit, what can be crafted, and what looks nice on paper but would be terrible in real life.
The time it takes to individually craft a custom ring is much longer than it takes to order a ring that already has a blueprint. You have to consider the time involved to meet with a jeweler, discuss your design, wait for them to draw it up, discuss the final version and make any changes, have your finger sized, wait for the jeweler to make the ring, and leave any extra time at the end just in case it doesn’t fit or something else is off. Another con is the price, but not always. Some jewelers have pretty reasonable and comparable rates for designing a custom ring. However, depending on who you visit, you may be paying twice or three times as much for your individualized ring. There is also an element of unknown, as you won’t get to touch, see, or feel the ring until it is complete unlike rings that can be ordered. You always have to leave the final say to the jeweler, as they are the expert on the subject. There are plenty of things to consider with each case.