Bespoke engagement rings are a lifelong symbol of love and commitment, so it’s important to take the time to find and create a ring that is the perfect fit for you and your unique love for one another.
With so many options on the market to choose from, it can be tempting to purchase the first ring you see or order one online without doing your research. However, it’s important to remember that engagement rings are an investment, both financially and sentimentally. So, it’s worth taking the time to find a unique engagement ring that you’ll be happy with for the rest of your life.
When shopping for the perfect bespoke engagement ring, keep in mind the “4 Cs.” The “Four Cs” of diamonds stand for Carat, Cut, Clarity, and Colour.
By considering each of these factors, you can be sure to create a perfect ring that is not only beautiful but also high-quality and valuable. With so much at stake, it’s obvious why it’s so important to choose wisely when deciding where to get your engagement ring made.
So what are your options when it comes to finding the right place for your engagement ring to get made?
Many places will craft your dream engagement ring through a process referred to as a metal shop. This is where metal is moulded using hot or cold working and is a common process within the manufacturing industry.
Places like: Local jewellers, big-box stores, and online retailers all offer a wide range of options when creating an engagement ring for their customers.
However, not all jewellers have the same qualities and they all have their own unique way of doing things, and that’s okay.
When choosing a place to get a diamond engagement ring made, you must consider the details of the craftsmanship and the reputation the store holds, because at the end of the day it is your engagement ring were talking about.
In this blog, we’re going to be diving into more details on each specific option available so you can learn what route would be best for you.
To begin with, there are many reasons why you might choose to go to a local jeweller to create your bespoke engagement ring.
First of all, the benefit of a bespoke service is the ability to work closely with master craftsmen and share your ideas during the design process to ensure that the ring is unique and exactly what you desire, whether you want a certain setting style or a specific metal to suit your style. At the end of the day who doesn’t want a bespoke ring that was personally handcrafted and made just for you, right?
You’ll also be able to support a local business, by doing so you are likely to receive potential benefits and services in future purchases depending on the local jeweller you’re working with.
Local businesses often have a better understanding of the needs of their customers and can provide a bespoke design service or initial sketches to create your bespoke jewellery.
In addition, you can build personal relationships with the owners and employees of smaller bespoke design services, something that is often lacking when dealing with large corporations.
Disadvantages of going local
However, there are a few potential drawbacks to going local jeweller. By chance, they could take longer to get your engagement ring made this could be because of the lack of employees, which could be very problematic depending on when you need it for.
You may have a smaller selection when it comes to stones/gems and other materials due to it being a small owned company.
Last but not least, the quality of the workmanship may not be as high as you’d find at a more established jeweller, but of course, not all local jewellers are the same.
Therefore, whether or not bespoke engagement rings are what you’re looking for, make sure to do your research and choose a trusted local jeweller who has a good track record within the business and is worthy of making bespoke rings for your special occasion.
For some couples, going to a big-box store also known as a large popular retail establishment is the best option. Here are some reasons why:
One benefit of purchasing a ring from a big-box store is that they typically have a wider selection of classic designs to choose from compared to your average local jeweller. This can be beneficial if you’re not sure what ring style/dream ring you’re looking for and want to explore your horizons.
Considerations for Big-Box Stores
However, keep in mind that because these stores carry such a wide range of engagement rings, they may not have as many jewellery experts when it comes to things like diamond quality or setting styles of each ring or knowing the brand.
Another consideration is price. Big-box stores typically have a range of lower prices compared to your local specialized jeweller which is amazing for when you’re on a budget and can also potentially provide financial services so the diamond engagement ring of your dreams doesn’t put a hole in your wallet.
But it’s important to remember that you often get what you pay for when it comes to engagement rings, so a lower price tag may mean that the ring isn’t made with the same quality materials or hard work and craftsmanship as a more expensive ring would, so you must consider this.
Finally, we have the people that would like to take the online route when picking their engagement ring, as convenient as online retailers are they’re probably the most high risk of all three options. But we are here to tell you what to look out for so if you are picking an online retailer as your option, you get the best possible outcome.
Considerations for shopping online
There are many factors to consider when choosing an online jewellery store for the making of the engagement ring.
The first is the quality of the diamonds. Make sure to check the website’s policies and procedures to ensure that only high-quality natural diamonds are used in the making of your engagement ring, the last thing you want is to shop by style and for your one in a million ring to have the quality of a plastic one.
The second factor is the price. Be sure to shop around to find the best deal on your engagement ring, a big benefit of choosing the online route is that you can search around for inspiration and find the best possible deal in a matter of minutes, so don’t jump at the first ring you see.
The third factor is the return policy. Some online retailers have a no-return policy, so make sure you ask about this before making any big decisions about your purchase.
Fourth, consider the shipping time frame, as you will want to receive your ring promptly, so make sure you know where your ring is coming from and how long it will take for the retailer to ship your ring.
Finally, make sure to always look at the customer reviews to get an idea of the type of service you can expect from the retailer. By just looking at the reviews you can tell if the online retailer is trustworthy and worth working with.
By taking all of these factors into consideration, you can be confident to choose the best online retailer for the making of your engagement ring.
Take time to make your decision
We hope that this blog post has helped you move one step closer to finding your perfect engagement ring, something you can truly call the perfect piece. Whether you have decided to go the more traditional route and visit your local jeweller to explore bespoke engagement rings, or take a chance on an online retailer, always remember that it is the ring itself that matters at the end of the day – not how you got it.
Thanks for reading!