How to Design Your Own Engagement Ring

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How to Design Your Own Engagement Ring

If you simply cannot find the perfect engagement ring, then designing your own is a good option. Designing your own engagement ring means that it is completely unique and the ring becomes even more significant. Include a specific material that can be matched to the wedding rings to create a sense of unity or add a colour or stone that you like. There are a number of ways to make your ring extra special. Loose gemstones are readily available. Alternatively, use old jewellery to create something new and spectacular.

With a plethora of options and combinations to choose from, learn about the types of settings available and the metals used in engagement rings before you start. Diamonds are traditional when it comes to engagement rings: learn about the Four Cs and the shapes and cuts available. Finally, find a reputable jeweller to turn your design into the ring that you have always wanted. Loose gemstones are available from jewellers and online sources, such as eBay. There are a wide range of options on ebay where you can purchase your engagement ring. One of the leading brands is Tiffany & Co

Settings for Your Engagement Ring

The ring setting describes the shank and head of the ring that holds the stones. Solitaires feature a single stone and are one of the most popular types of engagement ring. Their setting can be claw, bezel, semi bezel, or tension. The table below lists and describes some of the most common ring settings used for engagement rings.

Ring Setting

Description

Claw

Three or more prongs holding stone

Exposes the stone's girdle to more light, but also more damage

One of the least expensive and most popular settings

Bezel

Metal rim surrounding the stone from all sides

Protects the stone, but limits its sparkle

Semi bezel

Metal rim partially surrounding the stone

Girdle exposed from two sides, allowing more light to pass through the stone

Tension

Stone is held in place by pressure

Stone appears to be floating on air

Only suitable for harder stones that can withstand pressure

Multi stone

Three or more stones set next to each other

Stones can be the same or different sizes and types

Stones should complement each other

This table by no means lists the only options available. You can create your own setting, but this is best done in consultation with a jeweller. The setting chosen should be sturdy enough to hold the gemstone securely, while allowing enough light to pass through it.

Metals for Your Engagement Ring

A number of metals are used in engagement rings. The most popular types are gold, platinum, palladium, and titanium. Choose a metal that looks good and has a purity rating that makes it fall within your budget.

Gold for Your Engagement Ring

Gold is the most popular choice for engagement rings and is available in yellow, white, or rose varieties. Other metals and alloys are added to increase the durability or to change the colour of the gold. White gold is pure gold mixed with a white metal, while rose gold is pure gold mixed with copper. The purity of gold is measured in carats or expressed as a percentage. 24 carat gold is 99 percent pure, while 18 carat gold is 75 percent pure. 

Platinum for Your Engagement Ring

Platinum is a white metal that is hypoallergenic and an excellent choice for people with metal allergies. It is durable and does not scuff or mark easily.

Palladium for Your Engagement Ring

Palladium is one of the rarest metals used in the manufacture of jewellery. It is also one of the most expensive.

Titanium for Your Engagement Ring

Titanium is often used in men's jewellery. However, it is an impractical choice when designing your own engagement ring as it is extremely hard and difficult to work with.

A Beginner's Guide to Diamonds for Your Engagement Ring

Diamonds are without a doubt the most popular choice for engagement ring gemstones. Diamonds are graded according to clarity, carat, cut, and colour, known as the Four Cs, and usually come with a grading certificate from a recognised grading facility. Although many people think that the size, or carat, of the diamond is the most important factor to consider, the clarity, cut, and colour of the stones greatly affect how they look and what they are worth.

Diamond Clarity for Your Engagement Ring

Diamonds have flaws that affect their clarity. These flaws are referred to as inclusions and blemishes. Inclusions are flaws in the body of the stone and alter the way that light passes through it, affecting its brilliance. Blemishes are found on the surface of the stone. When diamonds are graded, experienced jewellers look for inclusions under magnification and with the naked eye. The table below provides a short explanation of different diamond clarity grades.

Clarity Grade

Inclusions Visible Under Magnification

Inclusions Visible to the Naked Eye

IF

None

None

VVS1 and VVS2

Very difficult to see

None

VS1 and VS2

Difficult to see

None

SI1 and SI2

Easy to see

None/none from the top

I1

Can be seen immediately

Difficult to see

I2

Obvious

Can be seen immediately

I3

Very obvious

Very easy to see

Only the brilliance of diamonds graded I2 and I3 is affected by inclusions. If you cannot see inclusions with the naked eye, the diamond should look good.

Diamond Colour for Your Engagement Ring

The most sought after diamonds are those that are nearly colourless. Although all diamonds seem to be colourless, some are coloured, but stones with some colour appear colourless when mounted in jewellery. Diamond colours are denoted by letters of the alphabet, with D being pure white. Diamonds graded E to H fall into the colourless group, while I to L are tinted white. M and N are slightly yellowish and O to Z are varying shades of yellow.

Fancy coloured diamonds have blue and pink tones, and these are graded on a different scale. Due to their rarity they are considerably more expensive than white diamonds.

Diamond Cut for Your Engagement Ring

The way that a diamond is cut affects its brilliance and sparkle. A badly cut diamond makes the stone's flaws more obvious. The parts of the diamond that are important when it comes to the cut are the table; the crown, which is the height of the top of the diamond; and the pavilion, which is the depth of the bottom part of the stone. The girdle is where the crown and pavillion meet and the cutlet is the small surface on the bottom of the stone.

An emerald cut diamond usually has the largest table, which means that the diamond needs to be nearly flawless to look good in this cut. The same applies to an asscher cut. Round cuts are more brilliant, but should not have small pavillion depths. Pear and heart-shaped diamonds are not symmetrically cut, which means that it is difficult to ascertain how they will refract light. Cushion, oval, and marquise cut diamonds tend to have shallower cuts and lower carat weights, making them a less expensive option. Diamonds are rated on their polish and symmetry and are often described as excellent, very good, or good.

Diamond Size for Your Engagement Ring

Diamond weight is measured in carats, so the higher the carats, the bigger the diamond. A carat is equal to 200 milligrams and each carat is divided into 100 points. Large diamonds are rare, so the larger the diamond, the more expensive it is. If the stone is larger than one carat, a significant percentage is added to its value. However, if the stone is badly cut, has inclusions that affect its brilliance, or is of poor colour quality, the weight becomes relatively insignificant. Choose a stone that is proportionate to the size of your hands. If you have small, delicate hands, choose a delicate stone. In addition, the stone should be in proportion to the setting.

Laboratory Created Diamonds for Your Engagement Ring

Laboratory created diamonds are synthetic diamonds that are also known as cultured or cultivated diamonds. Although the diamonds are called synthetic, they are made of actual diamond materials. These diamonds are usually available in yellow or blue, but can be found in colourless varieties. These diamonds are often optically identical to natural diamonds.

Alternative Gemstones for Your Engagement Ring

Diamonds are not the only option for engagement rings. Sapphires and rubies are popular choices, either as centre or flanking stones. If you choose a different type of gem for your engagement ring, make sure that it is hard and durable enough to withstand daily wear for the rest of your life. Some softer gems may show wear and tear and be prone to damage.

Find a Reputable Jeweller to Make Your Ring

The easiest way to get started when searching for a reputable jeweller is to ask friends and family to recommend someone and to check the local area. Once you have a shortlist of candidates, do your homework by checking their credentials online. Ask whether they are members of professional or trade associations, such as the National Association of Goldsmiths or the British Jewellers' Association. Visit the shop and speak to the staff to make up your own mind about the jeweller. If he or she does not seem knowledgeable or anything about the store makes you feel uneasy, choose a different jeweller.

How to Buy Loose Gemstones on eBay

A wide variety of loose gemstones are available from eBay sellers. To find the perfect gem for your engagement ring, type a phrase, such as "brilliant cut diamond", into the search field, which is located on every page, to see the items available from eBay sellers. Refine your search by choosing the most appropriate category and the desired item features. If you would like more control over your search results, use the advanced search feature.

Evaluate the Item and the Seller

Before you buy on eBay, take a moment to evaluate the item and the seller. Click on an individual listing to go to the item listing page. Here you will find all of the information that you need about the item, including the full description, buying options, postage and packaging details, and the seller's feedback information. Click on the number next to the seller's username to see what other buyers have to say about his or her products and customer service. If you have any questions about the item, use the "Ask a question" link to contact the seller.

Conclusion

Designing your own wedding ring is a sure way to create a unique and personal ring that you will have a strong connection with. When choosing the design, consider which type of setting you want. Solitaires are the most common engagement ring and can have a number of different settings. The setting should be secure and should show off the diamond or gemstone chosen. Settings that do not allow a lot of light through the stone are the best for lower quality gems. The metal chosen should complement the colour of the gem and your personal style.

Diamonds are available in a variety of shapes, colours, sizes, and clarity. Choose a diamond that is within your budget and proportional to the size of your hand. Focus on the quality of the diamond before its size. Diamonds are not the only stones that can be used in wedding rings. Choose a colour that you like or that has some significance for either the main stone or complementary stones. Find a reputable jeweller to put your design together. A large selection of loose gemstones are available from eBay sellers.

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