A gentlemen's guide to designing a perfect engagement ring

By Zevile Khumalo

You’ve known for a while that she is the one you couldn’t imagine spending your life without. She’s perfect in a every situation, whether when she’s around your parents, your friends and the cousins you deem horrible, she remains perfect for you. Now is the time for you to take your relationship to the next level by asking for her hand in marriage. One thing for certain, you’re going to need an exquisite ring she will cherish forever, but how do you go about it?

Proposing with a ring you designed yourself is a wonderful way to make your soon-to-be-fiancè know exactly how much she means to you. With this article we’ve made the process of designing and choosing the perfect ring clearer with steps and an approximate timeline of what you should expect so you can enjoy the process of creating a piece your partner will love for a lifetime.

“Diamonds have an image of purity and light. They are given as a pledge of love and worn as a symbol of commitment”

-Peter Singer

Consultation

This is the initial meeting typically ranges for an 30mins to an hour. This is where you will meet with your jeweller and designer and get to discuss budget and design. Ideas will be fine tuned and, depending on your jeweller, you can even get to see some of the work they have done before. After the budget and design has been agreed to, a timeline will be set in place.

Diamond or Stone selection

Your jeweler will present to you different stones and diamonds based on your discussed budget. This is the benefit of working with your local jeweler as in this process you get to see these stones and diamonds first-hand.

Final Design sent out

A final design will be sent to you, giving you an idea of how the finished piece will look like. At this point, you will be able to make little tweaks to the piece or simply go ahead with the design. This is the time to also give your jeweler your partners ring size if you didn’t in the first consultation. (there are many ways of creatively getting her size that we will discuss in our next blog pos

Ring is cast

Approximately 2-5 business days, depending on the metal you choose, your piece will be cast in either platinum, 18ct/9ct Yellow, White or Rose Gold. 

Clean up- Set stone and finish

Your team of jewelers will put finishing touches on the ring. This is when the true beauty of the ring comes to life . This usually takes approximately 2-7 Business Days but is highly dependent on the design. 

Delivery Or Pick-up

Pick up your beautifully custom made ring for your engagement. This is probably the most exciting part of the whole process. Seeing in your hands a ring that symbolize your love and commitment. This is also an opportunity for you to discuss resizing (should the ring not fit perfectly) and maintenance with your jewelers. Most jewelers offer this service for free.

The thought of having a ring made from scratch can be danting at first but this how easy it is to go through the process of having such an important jewellery piece of your life custom made to perfection. Your partner is uniquely for you, let the ring you choose represent that.

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