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How to Custom Design Your Own Engagement Ring

Finding the perfect engagement ring for either yourself or your partner is an exciting, yet incredibly overwhelming task. Oftentimes, the designs you see online don’t quite match up with the idea you’ve envisioned in your head. What’s more, with so many rings to choose from, finding the perfect one can take up masses of your time as well as your budget. 

Therefore, custom designing your engagement ring is a compelling choice for many couples. 

A custom-designed ring is not only personal, but also the best way to ensure you get the ring of your dreams. In the ring designing process, you have control over every aspect of the ring build from choosing the metal, stone, cut, setting, and budget. Our team of ring experts are able to help you make these dreams a reality through our Ring Builder. Our service lets you design your ring exactly how you want it. Read on to discover how to go about the process of designing your own engagement ring. 

Choosing the setting 

The setting of an engagement ring refers to the way the gemstone is mounted onto the ring. This is strategically chosen to give your gemstone the best chance to sparkle and highlight its beauty. Because settings are so influential to the ring’s design, it’s important to consider them carefully in line with your gemstone, as not all settings are available for every cut, and some are more expensive than others. 

When choosing, it’s best to look at your or your partner's overall style and taste, as well as any existing day-to-day jewellery they may wear, to ensure the gemstone setting will suit them. For example, halo and solitaire settings are more subtle than shoulder set, whereas vintage settings will better suit those who prefer antique style jewellery. 

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Choosing the cut 

The cut of your diamond will also influence your gemstone's overall radiance and sparkle. As with settings, there are a multitude of cuts available to choose from, and each adds its own unique properties to a gemstone. The cuts available are as follows:

Round - Round cut diamonds are the most popular cuts of diamonds and account for over two-thirds of engagement rings sold. The round cut generally gives your diamond the best sparkle and shine, and can be mounted to suit most settings.

Princess - The princess cut is the most popular non-round cut and is a brilliantly unique choice. This cut gives your diamond a square look due to its pointed corners which also allows it to show slight colour to create extra allure. 

Emerald - The emerald cut is increasingly popular among those who want to stand out from the crowd. Its distinct shape is due to its rectangular facets, small depth and large surface area that trick the eye into thinking the gemstone is larger than it actually is. It is also a great choice for those who prefer a vintage-style to their jewellery, as it is a remnant of the 1920s Art Deco era. 

Asscher - Visually similar to the emerald cut, the asscher cut also has straight-lined facets, but is square in overall shape rather than rectangular. This beautiful cut shows slight colour in the corners like the princess cut which will highlight your stunning diamond when the light hits.

Pear - Also known as the teardrop cut, the pear cut is wonderfully unique and individual. This cut works for a variety of diamond jewellery and creates a sublime and subtle slimming effect on the wearer's finger due to its elongated shape. 

Radiant - The radiant cut is iconic for its trimmed corners that help make it a popular and versatile choice. They can vary in their degree of rectangularity and so can be adapted to suit your stone choice. This cut also works wonderfully when set with diamond shoulders for extra sparkle and shine.

Oval - A popular choice alongside the round cut, the oval cut is popular as its length helps slender the finer and make the hand look very elegant. They sparkle almost as much as round cuts, and are a lovely, subtle cut for diamonds. 

Cushion - This cut gets its name-sake from pillows as it echoes the same shape. This unique cut has been popular for more than a century due to the immense brilliance they bring to a diamond. The cushion cut also comes in both square and rectangular shapes, giving the wearer many options. 

Heart - Not only are hearts the defining symbol of love, but they also make for distinct engagement ring cuts. With a heart cut, the stone of choice is accentuated by the shape, and tends to show subtle colour in its point. This cut is a great choice for those who simply love ‘love.’

Marquise - The marquise cut is often chosen to maximise the carat weight of a diamond. Its facets help give you a much-larger looking diamond and so is a great way to get the most out of your budget. Its elongated shape also helps slim the finger and elongate the hands, and would look the most flattering set in a solitaire or shoulder setting. 

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Choosing the metal

Choosing the right metal choice for your ring will come down to personal preference. Our engagement rings can be designed in white gold, yellow gold, rose gold and platinum. Certain metals will help accentuate the sparkle and brilliance of your diamond, and others will help achieve either a modern, traditional or vintage aesthetic. Therefore, it is something to consider carefully. 

Yellow gold  - yellow gold is rooted in tradition and timelessness. This metal is also resistant to rust, tarnish and corrosion, making it exceptional for everyday wear. Gold works wonderfully with coloured gemstones such as green emeralds and red rubies - highlighting their vivacity and vibrance. With a diamond, the yellow gold engagement looks chic and classic. 

White gold - White gold is ultra-modern and works perfectly with white diamonds, showcasing their vibrance and sparkle. If your existing jewellery is silver in colour, then a white gold engagement ring will fit in seamlessly and highlight your beautiful collection. 

Rose gold - Rose-gold is a great alternative to the classics. Its soft, feminine pink hue is remnant of vintage rings of the past, as well as being a distinctly modern choice compared to gold and silver. This metal will work on all skin tones and works well when contrasting against white diamonds.

Platinum - Platinum is an increasingly popular metal choice for engagement rings. Its white sheen goes with just about every gemstone and will never fade or change in colour over time. All this while also accentuating the sparkle and brilliance of your diamond.

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Choose the diamond 

When choosing the perfect diamond for your engagement ring, always consider the 4 C’s; cut, colour, clarity and carat. All of these factors have a great effect on the beauty of your diamond. 

Cut - the more precise the diamond is cut, the more intense its sparkle and shine. All of our diamonds are cut with the utmost precision by our expert team of craftsmen to ensure your rough stone reflects light in the best way.

Colour - colour actually refers to the colourless of the diamond, with clear being superior to ones that look more yellow or brown in hue. The clearer the colour, the better.

Clarity - this is used to describe whether there are flaws or inclusions in the diamond, whether it be black or grey marks in the stone. However, for coloured diamonds, these natural colours can intensify the colour of your gemstone. 

Carat - the carat of the diamond refers to the actual weight of the stone. This is often the first thing people look for and is sometimes considered one of the most important factor, but it should be considered alongside all other ‘C’s for a diamond with overall quality.

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Choose the right size 

You must ensure the size of the ring is perfectly matched to your or your partner's ring size. You can use a ring sizer to measure this, alternatively you can find more information on our detailed ring size guide. All of our engagement rings at Browns can be resized should you find they are wrong. 

Add a personal touch 

With each custom-designed engagement ring, you can add a personalised engraving of up to 10 characters inside the band for an extra loving touch. This is a great way to make your love known and add even more sentiment to the special piece of jewellery.

Please remember that engraved rings cannot be resized so be sure you know the right size of your ring before purchasing. Alternatively, you can have your ring engraved at a later date. 

Stick to a budget 

As mentioned earlier, custom designing your engagement ring will really help you stick to a budget. It also refrains from any wasted time spent browsing engagement rings that aren't within your price range or desired style. By letting our designers be aware of your budget, our team of experts can tailor your setting, metal, carat and more to suit your budget, whilst creating a ring that is in keeping with the style you have envisioned. 

Another great way to save money is by choosing laboratory grown diamonds as opposed to natural diamonds. Lab-grown diamonds share the same chemical composition, and therefore, quality, as mined diamonds and are a great cost-effective way to give you much more for your budget. 

We also offer interest-free monthly payments on all our custom-designed engagement rings. This will help you buy now and spread the cost of your purchase so you can enjoy your ring without breaking the bank.

Let your dreams become reality

Custom designing your engagement ring could not be easier and is the best way of making your dreams a reality. The sentiment and thoughtful process will be one you and your partner can share for a lifetime and look back on fondly. If you need any more help, Browns are here to assist you in all your queries. Simply get in touch to book an in-person or virtual appointment today.