Custom Made Rings – How And Where to Design Your Own

Are you looking for alternative designs in rings? Do you have unique ideas that you would like to see in your own diamond bling bling? Well, here’s good news. Not only does Brian Gavin has his own line of signature diamonds with best optical performance, he also is one of the most highly skilled jeweler who can help you design your own ring to exact specifications.

With the help of modern technology, visualizing your dream design is no longer a thing of the past with the use of a computer aided design (CAD) software. 

Check out some fantastic original work from his portfolio below…

Designing Your Own Custom Made Ring 101

Let’s go bespoke.

Here’s a quick guide to get you started if the usual jewelry designs don’t interest you.

1) Concept – The first and foremost thing to do is to get a concept for your ring. These are questions you need to ask yourself.

  • How would you want it to look like?
  • What kind of feel are you going for (e.g. vintage, modern,simple)?
  • What kind of personality or lifestyle does the recipient has (e.g. tendency for rough work would require proper settings)?
  • What is your budget?


2) Communication – Once you have a fair idea of what you want, it would be great if you could sketch out the design on a piece of paper. Once you complete that, snap a photograph of it and send it over.

If you aren’t good at sketching, try to look for similar diamond ring designs that would be close to what you have in mind. Check out the example I did below with Microsoft Powerpoint. What you could do here is copy the image into Powerpoint/Microsoft Paint and add in as many detailed descriptions as possible.

rough sketch of your ideas for custom made rings

The point here is to get a rough idea across to the jeweler to make sure that he/she understands your general concept.

3) Design Finalization – Once the jeweler has a rough idea of what you want, they might probably take 3-4 days to work on coming up with a refined drawing either through the use of sketches or CAD modeling. This is the stage where you need to communicate with your jeweler closely and make fine tunings or changes.

Personally, I prefer jewelers (like Brian Gavin and White Flash) that work with CAD images as it can offer multi-angled depictions of the ring design. The following is an example of a CAD design created by BrianGavinDiamonds for one of their customers…

Truth Split Shank CAD Rendering

Split Shank Ring CAD Rendering

4) Wax Models – Once the final phase of design tweaking had been performed, a wax model of the ring is created. Here’s where the fun begin. You could drop by the jeweler’s store to check out the wax replica or request the wax model to be mailed to you (for online shoppers).

Wax Model of Ring

Wax Model of Fabricated Design

Trying Out The Wax Ring

Trying Out The Wax Ring On Your Finger

Once you view the wax model, it is still possible to make further changes at this stage. If you don’t like what you see and want to fine tune the design even further, now is the time to iron out the finer details.

5) Final Go-Ahead – With your approval, the jeweler would now fabricate the actual ring to your choice of material and it will be shipped to you when it is completed.

So, here you have it, a brief 5 step process in buying a one-of-a-kind custom made ring that is fully tuned to your specifications.

For a great experience in ring customization of utmost quality, we highly recommend Brian Gavin. This guy is absolutely fantastic when it comes to bespoke jewelry. If you are interested to find out more, read our review of for details…

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  1. sarah reed-
    July 10, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Hi Paul
    Do you need to have a diamond picked out prior to making either the cad or the mold? So that the jeweler knows the stone dimensions? Or do you just need a ballpark size to fit the prongs?

  2. Paul Gian-
    July 11, 2016 at 3:21 am

    It is best to have the diamond picked out. This is because diamonds can have slightly different dimensions even if they have the same carat weight and this is especially true when dealing with fancy shapes.

  3. Dave-
    December 13, 2017 at 10:25 pm

    Are there any downfalls to having a diamond custom cut? My local jeweler said they can have a diamond cut to my specific angles (table size, crown/pavilion, etc.) and provide gia certification

  4. Paul Gian-
    December 14, 2017 at 3:11 am

    And why would you need to do that when there are literally thousands of available options in the market? Cutting down to your “specifications” mean nothing because at the end of the day, performance is measured on the whole and not solely dependent on specific angle or table size. If cutting to a specific carat size 0.88ct or any other numbers that is symbolic to your needs, then it might make sense if there is absolutely 0 diamonds in the market that meets your criteria.

  5. Rafael Herman-
    May 31, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Unfortunately sending a wax ring to the customer might be somehow risky; some customers may like it so much to keep it without ‘ getting things done ‘

  6. Paul Gian-
    June 1, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Well, it depends on what kind of business you are running. You could charge your potential clients a design fee which includes the wax modelling if you aren’t confident about your products and you are worried about clients not “getting things done”. The way you think about business is completely different from what the better vendors are going about doing it. I would say this, if your products are as great as you think it is, there’s no worry of consumers moving away. If your clients are consistently NOT going ahead with a project, maybe the problem doesn’t lie in your potential clients but in the business itself.

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