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A Couple's Guide to Custom Wedding Bands

Mike Ganem - Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Your wedding band signifies your undying love to your spouse. Because of the technological advances in the jewelry industry, it is easier than ever for couples to create one of a kind wedding bands. In the past, the only way to have a custom piece of jewelry was to hire an artisan to design and craft a piece of jewelry. Now, there are so many options available so that custom wedding bands are much more affordable.

Quick Custom Rings

More and more jewelers are realizing that many brides and grooms want a custom wedding band. Just do a quick internet search for custom wedding bands and you will see the major jewelry chains offering custom jewelry. These corporate jewelers allow you to design a wedding band using a few pre-defined options. This allows you to combine the different options to create a wedding band that is different from what you will find in the stores. However, because there are a limited number of options, there will be other couples that may have similar wedding bands.

Although these options may be satisfactory with this type of customized wedding bands, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, the options available are quite limited. If you have an idea of what you want your wedding band to look like, you may be dissatisfied with these options. Secondly, because you are putting different options together, the ring may not look as good as you think it will.

Working With A Professional

If you want a unique and fully customized wedding band, you should hire a serious jeweler who specializes in custom work to design your wedding bands. Jewelers that focus on custom designs can be found throughout the world. Thanks to the internet, you can reach out to almost anyone and find a great jeweler who can turn your dream wedding band into a reality. You can share your thoughts with a custom jeweler by email, over the phone or by video conferencing program, such as Skype. Finally, if there is a jeweler in your community whose designs you love, visit them locally as working face to face with a jeweler offers a number of advantages.

Finding Your Inspiration

If you are considering a set of custom wedding bands, you probably have an idea of what you want your wedding bands to look like. A custom jeweler will help you choose the best materials for your wedding band and will create a design you will love. Before the jeweler begins working, ask him to sketch out the design so you can see what the final product will look like. This will allow you to closely study the design before he begins and allows you to make any changes.

Another way to help you decide on a design for your custom wedding ring is to build an inspiration board on Pinterest. Pinterest allows you to collect images of rings that you like. You can then show these designs to your jeweler, pointing out what you like about each ring. This can help your jeweler create a ring using the elements that you like from several different rings.

Listen to Your Jeweler

When you share your inspirations with your jeweler, listen to what he or she has to say. Generally, it will take him some time to look over your reference material, so be sure to allow him time to digest the information. An experienced jeweler will be able to point out any potential design flaws and make suggestions to incorporate your inspiration into a set of customized wedding rings.

When it comes to design decisions, listen closely to what your jeweler suggests. You have probably never designed a piece of jewelry. A jeweler, on the other hand, has made a career out of creating stunning pieces of jewelry. A jeweler will want to make sure that you are satisfied and that the piece is beautiful so listen to his suggestions. Being open and really listening can help to create the perfect design based on your inspiration and the experience of your jeweler.

Designing a unique piece of jewelry is challenging and should only be done by a skilled, experienced artisan. When you are considering a custom piece of jewelry, remember it will cost more but the jeweler will pour his heart and soul into the piece and you will both have rings unlike any others. Once your custom wedding bands are created, you will realize that it was well worth the time and money.

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Engagement Ring Checklist

Jim Ganem - Monday, September 12, 2016

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Shape Matters Most

Even before those 4 Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat), you must know what shape your future fiancee loves. Shape indicates the actual geometry of the stone, as opposed to cut, which relates to the angles of the facets in the stone.

Your Setting Is Second

A quality setting -- the metal framework in which your stone is mounted -- can set the tone for a ring. A classic round engagement ring stone gets a fresh and modern makeover in a bezel setting. A trendy oval can look more traditional in a four-prong setting. Getting the right combo of shape and setting is key.

Consider the Metal

When it comes to the band, you've got a variety of metals to choose from. One popular choice is platinum -- it's extremely durable and especially pure, making it a great hypoallergenic choice for brides and grooms with sensitive skin. There's also gold, which comes in a variety colors, including white, yellow, rose, and even green. Beyond platinum and gold, you might also consider palladium (which has a grayer hue than platinum) or even a recycled metal band, which might include a mixture of platinum and gold. Think of it as a "something old" and "something new" all rolled into one.

Consider Loose Stones

Unless you're buying an estate ring, chances are, you should consider looking at loose stones as opposed to stones in a setting. The stone accounts for the vast majority of a ring's value, so it makes sense to get the most gorgeous stone - in your budget of course. Be sure to inspect the stone with a loupe (a handheld magnifier that most jewelers have). A good jeweler will be able to guide you and tell you what to look for.

Work Your Budget Well

You should buy the best ring you can without going into major debt. If you (she) wants a larger diamond then your budget permits ask your jeweler for a ring with a slightly larger table, or surface, area. A one-carat ring will look much larger if the stone isn't as deep. Buying just shy of the next carat (1.8 instead of 2) can equal a savings of nearly 20 percent. And when it comes to clarity, buying a bit smaller gives you the most wiggle room without affecting sparkle as most often defects are not visible to the naked eye.

Give Yourself and the Jeweler Time

Remember that once ordered, a ring can take some time to arrive, potentially longer if you're having it custom designed. If you want to engrave the inside of the ring, be sure to request the inscription when you place your order.

Get It in Writing

Diamonds one carat or larger should be accompanied by a diamond-grading report issued by an independent gemological association such as the GIA or the American Gem Society. You might also get a "fingerprint" of your ring on the bill of sale, which would include the stone's 4 Cs, shape, dimensions, and any cosmetic enhancements. Also, anything that affects its value -- if it was made by a famous designer, is an antique or period piece, or is handmade or custom-designed -- should also be noted.

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