Most people may think that bespoke designed jewellery is only reserved for big time celebrities who can afford the price tag, or for couples with really unique and extravagant taste of jewellery.
Truth is, sometimes when you search online and even visit massive jewellery stores to scan for design inspirations, you just can’t seem to find the ring that would seamlessly fit your partner’s sense of style and preference. That is why opting for bespoke diamond engagement ring is the perfect way to go, as you’re involved in the process. You have the ability to choose the design, cut, shape, and carat weight of the diamond stone (or stones) that will be used.
But before booking an appointment to a bespoke jeweller, here are some things you should bear in mind:
What to Look for In a Diamond?
First, you need to set your budget and some design ideas or inspirations. Do some research, or even ask some jewellers to determine which of the 4 C’s (cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight) is the most important factor. Remember though, the brilliance and sparkle of a diamond stone truly depends more on its cut than any other factors.
One way to save some cost is choosing diamond stone/s with a carat weight that is slightly smaller than the “magic sizes” (most commonly known as: 1 carat, 1.5 carats, 2 carats, and so on). After all, it’s almost impossible for the average eye to tell the difference between two diamond stones with very close difference in size.
Determine a Reputable Jeweller
Ask your family members, friends, and even other brides for some personal recommendations. If you’re going for a diamond ring, like most people prefer, you must ensure its quality first before making an appointment. Also, if you (or your family) already own a diamond that you might want to incorporate in the ring, be sure to let the jeweller know exactly how you want it to be integrated in the design.
You Need to Start Early
Most bespoke jewellers will let you visit their shop in order to discuss some specifics. If you already have a design idea in mind, you consult that with the jeweller and let them create a sketch based on your described preferences.
Next, with your approval of course, they may mould the ring so that you could review it before the jeweller place the finishing touches on the design. The mould isn’t polished at this point and it doesn’t contain diamond stones yet, so you will have to use your imagination in order to visualize what the final product will look like once everything is in place.
That is why finding a jeweller who is more than capable and patient enough to happily work with you until you’re 100% satisfied with the overall design. Go for a jeweller who is willing to make revisions until the ring you had in mind has been made into reality.
Have Some Design Ideas
Your jeweller may ask you some very specific questions, including what width the ring should be and whether you prefer it to have halos with more rounded corners or sharp lines. These things might be too confusing, but don’t be afraid to ask for clarifications.
This is where design inspirations come in handy. You can show your jeweller some photos of rings that you like, but they can’t exactly replicate the existing styles from other jewellers or brands– it should be a completely fresh design. That’s why it’s called bespoke jewellery.
Use these tips to help you along the way. In the end, what matters most is for your partner to wear the engagement ring that best represent your love for her.
For more than ten years, Daniel Greenberg has been hand crafting DG Bespoke Jewellery and is known as a trained master diamond mounter and goldsmith. As he was taught by one of the best jewelers in London (his father), Daniel makes certain that all his unique pieces are pure perfection.