How to Design Custom Wedding Rings
What couple wouldn’t rather have unique wedding rings rather than the standard off-the-shelf variety that have been around for decades? Your love is unique and so the symbol of your love should follow suit, right? There is no need to shy away from discovering the myriad of options that are available. Even if budget is a strong consideration, an experienced jeweler will help you tailor your vision to the cost.
According to Lisa Krikawa, founder and award-winning designer of Krikawa Jewelry Designs, “When you design unique handmade wedding rings, it is hugely important to speak with an experienced sales person or the designer directly, if possible. The essence of a custom piece is not necessarily the result of the jeweler; sometimes, it’s the salesperson. In our shop we call this “creative salesmanship”, meaning the person you speak with needs to be as experienced as the ring designer so you will understand all of your options.”
Where to Begin
Of course, the best place to start is to learn both of your visions. The easiest way to share that information is to look through online e-zines and magazines and pull aside examples. Some of the questions that you will both need to answer:
- Are you going to select from a jeweler’s existing portfolio or build a hybrid ring from their portfolio or custom design a ring from scratch? Each option can be a winner, when you have a pretty good idea of what you want. If you select an existing design, you will still be able to select your metal, stones, and finish. Or show the jeweler the two-to-three styles you love and see how they can be merged into one unique design. Lastly, jewelers who are also artisans love to work with their customers to produce their vision. Renderings and 3D models will be provided to ensure the final results are perfect!
You will also have to make the following decisions:
- Which precious metals are preferred? White gold, yellow gold, platinum, palladium, and rose gold are the most common choices. There are advantages and disadvantages in terms of affordability, durability, and appearance. For example, palladium is one of the most affordable of the white metals and it is lightweight and has a 95% wear resistance.
- Precious stones or no stones? This is a decision each of you can make. The woman may want a few embedded accent diamonds that match her engagement ring. Or both of you may opt for no stones to keep it simple.
- What is the preferred style? In the photo above, the wedding rings are made by using an ancient Japanese metal-smith process called “mokume-gane”. The stunning result is made from layering, melting, and designing two-to-three precious metals together. Not all jewelers are experienced with this technique. In fact, not all jewelers are capable of creating customized wedding rings, even if they make the claim. There are several other styles, such as futuristic, nature-lovers, rustic, vintage, textured, and more.
Any way you look at it, don’t settle for off-the-shelf wedding rings, if your hearts are set on wearing original, custom-designed wedding band – just do it! You owe it to yourselves and your future together!