What is a custom engagement ring and how much does it cost? This is what we are going to focus on in today’s post answering the pros and cons of getting a custom engagement ring and what are costs associated with making one.
After a long, lucky, or hard search in meeting a lot of people, you have met the perfect person who you would like to spend the rest of your life with. You are now ready to show your commitment with a beautiful engagement or wedding ring.
As special as this perfect person is, you are trying to figure out how to propose and find the perfect ring that symbolizes your love for him or her. There are many stores with hundreds of ring designs to choose from but nothing that really makes you go, “Yes, that has a personal touch!”
There is a simple solution which is called a Custom-made Ring.
In this blog post, we will be covering just a few basic areas:
- What is a custom-made ring or a custom ring?
- How much does a custom-made engagement ring cost?
- What factors should you consider before you get a custom ring made?
- What makes the final cost of a custom-made ring?
WHAT IS A CUSTOM-MADE RING OR A CUSTOM RING?
A custom-made ring or a custom ring is a ring made according to your unique personal preference, desire, and individual specifications. It is a ring that has an individual taste and sensibility. It is something that can stand out from the scores of mass-produced rings and give deeper meaning to that precious ring
SO, HOW MUCH DOES A CUSTOM-MADE ENGAGEMENT RING COST?
$1,000 US Dollar to the SKY IS THE LIMIT!!!!
Why such a huge range? Because various factors can contribute to the cost of making a custom ring.
WHAT FACTORS SHOULD YOU CONSIDER BEFORE YOU GET A CUSTOM RING MADE?
The first thing you need to consider before you get a custom ring made is how much you are willing to spend on it. Custom rings can vary widely in price, so having a budget in mind will give you a framework to build on.
DIAMOND OR GEMSTONE:
Do you want to go for the classic diamond or does your heart long for some color? There are hundreds of gemstones you can choose from, but the most popular ones are sapphires, rubies, and emeralds due to them being rare and durable stones. There is ample information available online to help you narrow down your choice. If you are leaning towards diamonds, look at the carat weight, color, cut, clarity, and certificate. And if it is a gemstone, then look at the various color, types, treatments, and other properties.
STYLE AND DESIGN:
Think about the general style and design you like. Would you like a classic yet elegant solitaire ring or have diamonds on the side or all around the stone or something out of the ordinary? Look at various designs online to inspire your imagination. You can walk to a jewelry store and try on some rings and see how it looks on your finger. Custom rings can be fully handmade or a wax mold can be made using computer-aided design (CAD) to see how the ring will look before it is made so that you can make changes to the ring if you want.
There are various metals you can choose from gold (yellow, white, pink), platinum, titanium, palladium, steel, silver, tungsten carbide, etc. Each of them has its own characteristics, properties, durability, and price range. Gold is the most common metal used in engagement rings firstly because of its traditional value over the years, it is also one of the easiest metals to work with, and you will find more craftsmen who work with gold than any other metal. Gold rings are also easier to resize.
You need to know the ring size of your significant other, you can go to any jewelry shop and get the ring finger measured. This is the most accurate and recommended method. If you are planning a surprise, you can discreetly borrow one of her old rings to get this measured at a jewelry store as well.
There are various apps you can download on your phone to help determine the ring size as well like Ring Sizer. This could help you determine the ring size, however, from our experience, these apps are not very accurate. So we do recommend using these apps as a last resort.
A TRUSTWORTHY JEWELER:
Most often factoring in the above information can be overwhelming.
So finding a trusted jeweler who can guide you
- Through the process.
- Simplify the information you need.
- Provide you with various options.
- And finally help create your masterpiece is of the utmost importance.
Today, many young couples are comfortable getting their custom engagement rings made by finding a custom or bespoke jeweler online instead of just getting it made by using a traditional family jeweler. Evaluate the jeweler, see the history of their company, and see their credentials. It certainly helps if they are certified gemologists. Look at their previous work and reviews posted by their clients.
It is always simple to rather buy a ring from a store with a brand name, but do your due diligence, they may not always offer you the best price. So educate yourself and then take a final decision.
Custom rings have a huge advantage when it comes to customizing your engagement ring. Apart from mixing and matching various stones and metals as per your taste and preference, you can get carvings, engravings, or laser inscription done on your ring with the text of your choice.
WHAT MAKES THE FINAL COST OF A CUSTOM-MADE RING?
The above breakdown can vary. For instance, you may want a ring totally made by hand and not using a CAD and/or resin/ wax mold. You may also choose to have a simple solitaire without additional stones and no further customization such as a personalized inscription etc.
Generally, a ‘ready-made’ ring will have a lower upfront cost than a custom-made ring. A ready-made ring doesn’t have to pay for new CAD and Resin/Wax Mold when making a new ring. The added costs for these two items usually come up to around US$200 to US$400 more in Bangkok, Thailand. In the Western world, this cost is a lot higher as labor charges are higher.
Though this might seem like high upfront costs. In general, when you add other costs in making the ring. – Like a center diamond, gemstones, and metals costs. – The custom-making ring costs will only be an additional 5% to 10% of total costs. Of course, the added benefit of this additional cost is making the special ring for your one and only ‘special’ person.
If you would like to know more about the cost of a diamond custom ring, you can read our post: How much does it cost to buy a 0.50 carat or 1 carat or 2 carat diamond ring in Bangkok, Thailand? This provides you the breakdown of how much the center diamond will cost plus the ring-making charges estimates from rings we have made in the past.
If you would like to know how much it actually costs to custom-make a ring with your particular design, please email us at email@example.com or message us on Facebook or Instagram. We will forward you an up-to-date price quotation.
Thai Native Gems Diamond Search & Custom Engagement Ring service (Best way to buy diamonds in Bangkok):
If you are in the market looking for the best diamond and custom handmade engagement ring. Contact Us. Let us know what your budget is and what you are looking for.
From this initial information, we will swiftly find and email you 4 to 5 center diamond options. Unlike other traditional or online dealers, I am not looking to sell you anything. But will provide you honest, frank, and objective opinion on what we think is best in the budget you offer.
This service is free, and there absolutely no commitment to buy any of our suggestions. The only thing you have to do is not respond to our email and you won’t hear from us again! So, you truly have nothing to lose!
How do we compile this diamond list? Our search process is provided below:
1) We first will contact our local diamond supply network and check if there are any stones that fit your requirement in Bangkok. We have over 50 contacts in Bangkok and will check ALL to make sure we can provide you with the best deal.
2) If not satisfied, we will then check online through our extensive global network sifting through over 900,000+ diamonds. And will find you the best diamond. The only setback when choosing the diamond from this global list is, that it can take one to two weeks to arrive in Bangkok.
What type of engagement rings can you make and how are they made?
1) We usually set our engagement rings in 18k yellow or white gold or 950 platinum settings. Our rings are all hand-crafted and made by highly skilled Thai craftsmen.
Examples of some of the rings we made you can see on our YouTube channel are shown below:
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