How to design an engagement ring

Ring making image: parti sapphire and rolled out recycled platinum. Image from blog article entitled 'how to design and engagement ring' by Ethical Jewellery AustraliaRing making image: as yet incomplete engagement ring. The setting is not yet attached and the diamond is yet to be set. Image from blog article entitled 'how to design and engagement ring' by Ethical Jewellery Australia

Updated on the 14th of February, 2017.

Designing an engagement ring is a daunting prospect

Our (engagement ring) customers come to us because they want to create a unique custom engagement ring for their partner. It’s like high schoolers looking for a post-school job – some know exactly what they want, and others don’t have the first clue where to start. We spend a lot of time helping people to get to the point where they know exactly what they want to do. We also help to create an understanding of what things will cost and to work out priorities in design and budget. From there, we fine tune the details, choose the diamonds and/or gemstones and metal and book the job into one of our workshops for manufacture.

This process works really well – however, not everyone is comfortable making an initial contact, or comfortable being in the ‘I don’t have a clue’ stage and would prefer to approach us with a greater knowledge of what it is they are asking for.

For most people, this is a one time purchase, and it is completely understandable that it sometimes feels like a foreign language. It can be overwhelming. If you don’t know what you want, then you are likely to be bombarded with choices; choices that don’t yet make a lot of sense. It can be confusing and frustrating if you don’t know how the process works.

After years of these types of conversations with people, I decided that it would be a good idea to create a guide to help demystify the process. My partner Benn and I worked together to create this guide. It doesn’t answer every question (and will likely be periodically updated and edited) but it should help to organise thoughts and to start asking yourself the questions you need to create something that is right for your partner.

We strongly believe there is no one right ring design – there is only what works for the recipient. There are so many lifestyle, taste, personal ethos and budgetary considerations to factor.  By reading the book, answering the questionnaire and then working closely with us to fine tune the design, you create a much better opportunity to get it right for your partner. Even if you don’t work with us to create your ring, at least you will be better equipped to ask questions of your supplier.

To download your copy, just click on this link.

The book itself

Or, if you want to get the ball rolling right way, contact us here. We handmake all of our rings in Australia using recycled metals and ethically sourced diamonds and gemstones. We offer Australian, Canadian and recycled diamonds and Australian sapphires, as well as Fair Trade options such as ruby, spinel, sapphire, tanzanite, tourmaline and garnet.

Here are some examples of our past work to highlight that ‘engagement ring’ can be pretty much anything you can imagine – there is absolutely no “one size fits all”, nor does an engagement ring have to be a white diamond ring (but it can be).

All were custom made for individuals and have been sold. You can find more of our handmade rings in the galleries.

 

Ring image: Ethical engagement ring trellis style solitaire. Recycled Platinum and Argyle Diamond.Ring image: Handmade half bezel engagement ring. North Queensland Sapphire with Argyle shoulder Diamonds. Custom engraved, recycled PlatinumRing image: Fair Trade Ruby and Argyle Diamond eight claw antique style engagement ring in recycled PalladiumRing image: Commitment ring Double milgrained bezels, hand engraving, milgrain edging, Argyle Cognac and white Diamonds in recycled Platinum.Ring image: Argyle cognac diamond in a milgrained bezel in recycled palladiumProduct image: 18 carat Rose Gold with a magnificent Argyle Cognac Diamond centreRing ring: engagement ring Canadian Diamond set in recycled PalladiumRing image: Argyle pink Diamond heart centre with Argyle white Diamonds pave set into recycled Palladium bow by Ethical Jewellery AustraliaRing image: Engagement ring Canadian Marquise Diamonds with Fair Trade pink Tourmaline and Argyle white Diamonds in the shoulders. Handmade in recycled Palladium.Ring image: engagement ring embrace style argyle diamondRing image: Handmade ethical engagement ring. Fair Trade ruby Argyle pink and white diamonds in recycled platinumRing image: Argyle cognac diamond with bead set, milgrain edged white diamonds in the shoulders. Handmade in recycled Palladium

 

 

 

 

If you would like to know more about pricing, this blog article will help.

 

 

By | 2017-07-13T15:40:12+00:00 February 29th, 2016|Design, Featured|

About the Author:

Melinda is a Gemmologist and jewellery designer. In 2007 she founded Ethical Jewellery Australia a boutique online engagement, wedding and commitment ring company. EJA creates handmade rings using the most ethically responsible raw materials possible. This includes recycled metals and Australian and Fair Trade Diamonds and Gemstones that have been processed by a non-exploited workforce.

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