They say that diamonds are forever. If this is true, would you want to be stuck with a ring you don’t absolutely love? Bridal and wedding jewelry should symbolize the unique and beautiful nature of your relationship, which is why so many couples are choosing to go with custom ring designs created especially for them.
Three Tips for Buying Custom Wedding Jewelry
- Select a reputable custom jewelry designer.
This is arguably the most important piece of advice you will receive. When you buy a diamond, it must come with a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) report or other appraisal by a certified jewelry institution.
- Expect it to take some time.
Do not try to rush the process. Custom engagement rings and wedding jewelry take time to design and create. If you want it done well, you must be patient. Furthermore, you will want to find a jeweler who is willing to work with you until you are completely satisfied with the design.
- Know what to look for in a diamond.
When it comes to buying a diamond, keep in mind the “four Cs”: cut, clarity, color, and carat. Did you know that the sparkle of a diamond depends more on its particular cut than on any other factor? Most people think that cut refers to the shape of the diamond (round, cushion, princess, etc.); however, the cut actually determines the diamond’s proportions, symmetry, and polish.The cut is something you may want to splurge on. On the other hand, carat weight is slightly less important. In reality, it is nearly impossible for the average person to tell the difference between a 1.01-carat diamond and a .98-carat diamond. These sizes may look identical to the naked eye, but the former can cost up to 20% more than the latter.
While 61% of men consult with their girlfriends before purchasing the ring, some prefer to take the surprise approach and therefore must make the decision on their own. A piece of advice for these men: take note of your bride-to-be’s everyday jewelry choices. What does she wear most often? Does she prefer silver, yellow gold, or rose gold? Is she more inclined to wear cooler or warmer tones? Are her pieces simple or more ornate?
Keep in mind that 75% of American brides receive engagement rings made out of gold and diamonds, though 52% say that they would wear a colored stone in their engagement ring.
Do you have any additional advice for couples looking to design their own custom wedding jewelry? Feel free to post in the comments section below.