Today’s guest post comes to us from jewelry designer Shiree Odiz, based in New York, NY! Enjoy:

Your relationship is special and unique, so why shouldn’t your engagement ring be one of a kind, too? If you want an engagement ring that is not only a conversation starter but also is a pure reflection of your relationship, consider designing a custom engagement ring for your future fiancée. From gemstone and metal to shape and style, you can collaborate with a jewelry designer to create a personalized engagement ring that is completely exclusive and unavailable anywhere else. Designing custom engagement rings is an exciting and personal experience. Here are some tips for how — and why — you should buy a bespoke engagement ring.

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Do Some Digging

If you don’t already have a clear vision for what you want the ring to look like, start by paying closer attention to the jewelry that your special someone already wears. Is it vintage, modern, classic, art deco? Do they wear mostly white gold or yellow gold? Browse the internet and jewelry shops for inspiration, and make note of what catches your eye. Consider the metal, shape, ring style and setting type.


Find a Designer

Once you have a clear idea in mind, find a jeweler who has experience designing custom engagement rings. Ask to see some of their previous work, and make sure you like the elements of their unique engagement rings. Send your inspiration for your dream ring, including specifications and special requests, and ask for a quote based on your design concept, precious metal, gemstones and ring size.


Collaborate on the Concept

The jewelry designer takes your ideas, drawings and images and works together with you to bring your vision to life. Once you’ve nailed down the concept, many of the top designers will use advanced 3-D computer-aided design and printing technology to provide you with a mockup of the final product. You’re part of the creative process, so give your input, ask any questions you have about metal and stones, and shift directions if something is not what you expected. Typically with the leading designers, every stage of the design and jewelry-making process is done in-house, so tweaks to design, metal, center diamond and size are all possible. Don’t hesitate to make as many revisions as necessary before the designer starts making the real ring. Remember, this is your ring, not the designer’s.


Protect Your Investment

Make sure you have in writing all the elements you and the designer agreed upon, including the purity of metal, the details of the setting, the delivery date and price. Verify that all main diamonds are independently certified and have it appraised before it is set. When you give your final approval, your design will be cast and the gemstones set. Your custom engagement ring will go through quality control before the final product is delivered. Don’t forget to insure the ring!


New York-born designer Shiree Odiz is the third generation of diamond traders, specializing in unique engagement rings and wedding ring design. Her attention to detail and passion for creating fine jewelry artworks led her to found Shiree Odiz and to offer custom engagement ring design. For a limited time, Shiree Odiz will personally model all custom-design engagement rings, ensuring you get a customized engagement ring to the highest possible standard of craftsmanship as well as the dream design you imagined.


To learn more about Shiree Odiz, please visit her WeddingLovely Vendor guide profile or to request a quote, head straight to her website.