There’s an old tradition that says you should spend two months’ salary on an engagement ring. This may work for some couples’ budgets, but most Millennials and Gen Zers plan to spend less than $2,500.
What about you? Are you planning to pop the question but you’re wondering how to choose an engagement ring that will “wow” your bride to be? Why not design an engagement ring yourself so it’s a truly one-of-a-kind item?
Designing your own ring is easier and more affordable than you might think. Here are five tips to make it happen!
1. Do Some (Sneaky) Research
If you’re planning to pop the question as a surprise, you’ll need to conduct some surveillance.
Start by taking note of the type of jewelry she already wears. Is it gold or silver? Minimalist or fanciful? Colorful? Bohemian? Vintage? Ultra-modern?
If possible, sneak a peek at her Pinterest account to see if she’s saved any photos of rings. Another option could be to quietly ask her friends and family for insight — while swearing them to secrecy, of course.
2. Consider Personal Values
Is your bride-to-be passionate about the environment? Choose ethically sourced diamonds for her engagement ring. If she values simplicity over extravagance, design a beautiful minimalist-style ring.
You might also consider her family’s values and traditions. For example, is there jewelry that’s been handed down from her grandmother and mother? Could you use the stones in a new setting to keep the tradition alive?
3. Add Some Color
When you build your own ring, you’re not limited to just diamonds. Why not add a gorgeous pop of color with emeralds, sapphires, or rubies?
You could incorporate her birthstone somehow, or you could add a swirl of rainbow colors. If you really want to buck tradition, consider replacing the standard white diamond with a dazzling colored gemstone instead.
4. Focus on the Diamond Cut
It’s easy to focus on the size of the diamond, but the actual carat weight has very little to do with how dazzling the stone will be. Rather, you should focus on choosing the right cut to emphasize the diamond’s facets and brilliance. If you need a refresher on different shapes and cuts, get familiar with the basics before you start shopping.
5. Think Outside the Box
When you design an engagement ring, you have the chance to create something that’s truly unique. Rather than designing a ring that looks like everyone else’s, think of how you can make the ring unique to your bride.
Could you incorporate a vintage style? What about adding a symbolic detail or an engraving that only the two of you will know about? You could even hide a tiny stone somewhere on the inside of the setting.
Design an Engagement Ring She’ll Love
If you’ve been searching for a unique engagement ring without success, maybe you should design an engagement ring instead. Use the tips above to create an amazing ring that she’ll happily wear forever!
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