6 Reasons to Choose a Bespoke Engagement Ring

By Maria Yeonhee Ji

The wedding ring industry has flourished and evolved over the last few decades. With so many design elements to consider – what kind of stone, cut, setting, type of metal – and an abundance of options for each element, the process of picking a ring from a shop display can be overwhelming (and end in disappointment for the person being propositioned). Going bespoke is an alternative that may seem daunting at first but, as well as helping you avoid the pre-marital faux pas of picking the wrong ring, it has a lot of advantages, aesthetic and pragmatic. Here is our overview of the six main reasons to get an engagement or wedding ring made just for you. 

1/ IT’LL BE AS ETHICAL AS IT IS BEAUTIFUL

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Choosing a bespoke ring means you can choose a stone that is conflict-free and ethically sourced. By working with a designer whose sourcing methods you trust, you can make sure that the stone you wear for the rest of your life will have been mined in a manner that upholds stringent labour and environmental standards. It’s a choice that means your ring symbolises devotion to more than just your partner – your ring will reflect your commitment to social justice and your integrity as a conscious consumer.

2/ IT’S A PERFECT CREATIVE PROJECT FOR COUPLES

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Designing your rings together is a perfect project for couples. The process allows you to be creative and put on the hat of designer as you work together to create a unique work of art. It also gives you the opportunity to discuss the shared values you’d like your rings to embody, thereby facilitating communication and growth as a couple. With the right designer to support you from ideation to the crafting itself, the bespoke design process can be an incredibly rewarding and fun way of getting your rings.

3/ YOU GET THE DESIGN OF YOUR DREAMS

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If you’re the kind of person with a distinct sense of style, you probably know what design elements you want in your engagement or wedding ring. Maybe several different designs that you’ve seen over the years in various places provided inspiration for your dream ring. Or maybe your tastes are simply avant garde. Whatever the case, it’s very possible that the design you have in mind isn’t sold in your typical jewelry store; getting a ring made-to-order means you can circumvent this problem. Whether it’s an eccentric halo, unconventional gemstone accents, or band detailing you want to incorporate in the final look... opting for a bespoke piece will ensure that the ring aligns with your personal style.

4/ THE PRICE TAG REFLECTS THE QUALITY

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Bespoke isn’t synonymous with bank-breaking; an experienced jeweler will be able to source gemstones and adapt design elements such as the metal weight to suit whatever price point you had in mind. In fact, it’s much more likely that the price tag on a custom-designed ring reflects the actual quality of the stone, design, and craftsmanship compared to what you’ll find in a typical store. In jewelry stores stocking mass-produced rings, the price is likely to be markedly higher than the cost of production. However, the nature of mass production means that the rings will also be of lower quality and diamonds may have imperfections that would not have been missed by the jeweler carefully evaluating the stone in the bespoke design process.

5/ YOU GET THE PERFECT FIT (& AVOID DAMAGE)

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These days, engagement rings come in all types of designs to suit every bride-to-be’s personality. Unfortunately, this means that it is often difficult to find a wedding ring that will sit flush against the outline of a non-traditional engagement ring. For those who want to wear both rings on the same finger, a custom-made wedding ring will help you to achieve that perfect match. As well as the aesthetic effect of minimising the gap between bands, customising the wedding band also helps protect both rings from unnecessary wear and tear – there is potential for damage to occur as the rings bump against one another, particularly if one ring is comprised of a softer metal or gemstone(s) such as emerald.

6/ IT’S A MORE MEANINGFUL HEIRLOOM

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The bespoke design process fundamentally instills your ring with sentiment and story, making it a valuable heirloom. A mass-produced ring that is worn by thousands (if not hundreds-of-thousands) of other people simply can’t compare. A ring designed by you and your partner carries more history and significance, especially when you know there is only one in the entire world. It’s an artwork you will cherish throughout your life and something that will no doubt continue to be cherished by future generations of your family.



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