How much does it cost to make a custom engagement ring?

When looking for the perfect engagement ring, you'll probably start with a ballpark idea of the price range you'd like to stay within. Your next step will be trying to find a ring design and diamond (or gemstone) that you like. Then, once you understand more or less what your money can buy, you'll try to get the best value for money, without compromising on the design choice, or the size and quality of the diamond. Puzzling together all these pieces takes time and more often than not, you'll go over budget to get what you're looking for.

The beauty of custom designing your engagement ring is that you are in complete control. You decide on the design, what's most important to you in the main stone and the exact price point to aim for.

For any ring design, there are a plethora of different ways to achieve the visible appearance you're looking for while ensuring your ring will cost as much as you're willing to invest and no more.

The best way to do this is to prioritize what's most important to you. For some, this might be an exact design or the size of the stone. For others the type, the origin, or the quality. Having an expert by your side to help you decide where you'd prefer to put more emphasis allows you full flexibility without having to learn every aspect of engagement ring design.

Another perk of choosing a custom engagement ring is that in addition to matching the design and choice of raw materials (metal, main stone, accents) to your budget, you're also going to get more for every dollar you spend. How? Simple... when your ring is made to order, yes there is design work to be done, but with diamond jewelry, the main cost will always be in the materials. So when buying 'off the shelf' from a store or a pre-made ring, you're paying a significant amount of your money towards financing their inventory. This is inventory they will prefer to sell you rather than recommending something that's truly in your best interest. To better understand the difference we've detailed our custom design process versus off-the-shelf here.

August 04, 2020 — Alex Gerber

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