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Your engagement ring should shine bright but also glimmer with your personality. So if after scouring the stores, and scrolling through what feels like thousands of designer sparklers, you realize the ring design you want is nowhere to be found, you may decide to custom make your engagement ring. In the end, your ring is something you wear every single day and it should be something you truly love and adore. Something you're excited to wear and something that truly signifies the love between you and your fiancé. If you decide to custom make your engagement ring, here are four things you should know and consider before getting started.
1. Start Early
A custom ring can take anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Be sure to start the journey early since the process has a lot of steps to it, including a sketch of the ring and a mold.
2. Find a Jeweler You Trust
Ask family and friends if they have any recommendations and go through the custom ring process with a jeweler that's reputable and has done this before.
3. Do Your Research
Know beforehand what your likes and dislikes are. That way when you're going to start the customizing process you have an idea of the style bands and diamond cuts that you like and don't like. Bring examples of rings you've seen on Pinterest or in magazines that you really like so they can model your ring off of these. The better you are at explaining the ring of your dreams to the jeweler, the better you'll be in getting it made.
4. Buy the Band and the Diamond Together
It will save you a lot of hassle and headaches if you do it this way. It may also be cheaper if they can work out a deal for you to buy both through them.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.