Custom Made Wedding Bands – How And Where to Get Them

setting a diamond into a custom wedding bands

Creating a customized wedding ring to individual style and tastes.

Wedding bands have always been regarded as symbols of one’s commitment to their spouse and marriage. Traditionally speaking, wedding bands are simple gold rings without too much decoration or flashy details.

However, much has changed in the market today where we see a huge evolution in terms of fashion sense and mentality of a shopper. Given how manufacturing technology has enabled rings with “cookie cutter” designs to be created in mass volume, there are people who just want something that isn’t available to everyone else.

And that’s where customization comes in.

If you are thinking of custom-designing your wedding band, you are in the right place. This comprehensive guide will show you what to look out for and how to go about buying a custom design ring. Here’s a list of topics we’ll cover…

Pros And Cons of Buying a Bespoke Wedding Ring

custom diamond ring set from white flash

Stunning custom made wedding set from White Flash.

With wedding ring customization, there are endless factors for you to personalize. You can choose the type of precious metal used for the ring, incorporate meaningful details and have better control over your budgeting too. Heck, you can even choose to engrave your own initials onto the ring if you want to.

Pros

  • Your ring will reflect your creativity and personality.
  • No one else will have an identical ring like yours.
  • Can be a great conversation starter.

Cons

  • May cost more money depending on how elaborate the design is.
  • Will take a longer time compared to buying one off-the-rack.
  • Require time and effort to collaborate with the jeweler.
  • You don’t get to see, touch and feel the ring until it’s completed.

Choosing Appropriate Rings for Both Members of the Couple

forging a custom made ring

Forging a ring in the workshop from scratch.

More often than not, the reason behind customization is a desire for differentiation between commonly found designs in the market. If you are looking for a simple solution or you are on a budget, my advice is to start browsing through pre-made designs to see if you can find something you like.

You will be amazed by the range of products online jewelry services have to offer. While “offline” businesses are somewhat limited to the ring design selections and the target market they can reach, online services thrive in this aspect.

Beyond4Cs.com’s photo gallery is also a good place to gather ideas where you can check out some of our favorite designs. If you need ideas on how to choose suitable rings for different finger types, this article will also interest you.

The point here is, there is a chance that someone had already created a design that is close to what you are looking for. Since the mold and designs had already been created for existing jewelry, they can also be used as a template to fabricate your design with minimal modifications.

And if you are lucky, you might not even have to order a customized item if you can find an existing design that fits all your requirements.

Vendors like James Allen, White Flash and Blue Nile have a fantastic selection of beautiful wedding ring designs. I recommend visiting them to browse for ideas first.

3 Important Tips to Buying a Custom Wedding Band

If you still can’t find something you like in the market or feel like you need something specially crafted for you, there are services that can create your ideal ring from scratch. Here are 3 important tips to bear in mind when you intend to go the customized route.

Tip #1: Choose a Reputable And Experienced Jeweler

I can’t stress the importance of working with an experienced jeweler enough! Brian Gavin is a vendor that I highly recommend when it comes to customization work as they are well known for their superior craftsmanship and they have reasonable prices!

They utilize Computer Aided Diagrams (CAD) to help you conceptualize and bring your ring ideas into reality. Besides having modern customization tools, they also have awesome customer service who will aid you throughout the process.

In fact, I’ve many personal friends and readers who worked with Brian Gavin and they all have positive feedback.

 
 

Here are some sample works for past clients performed by Brian Gavin…

brian gavin customized wedding bands

Besides Brian Gavin, vendors like White Flash and Blue Nile are also fantastic places to buy a customized wedding ring. These vendors have their own integrated workshop and skilled craftsmen to create a one-of-a-kind ring.

Tip #2: Collaboration And Communication

sketching out a custom made wedding ring design

Make sure you already have a clear and distinct idea about the style/design/features in the ring you want. Simply saying you want “something unique” doesn’t help anyone and doesn’t warrant going to the custom route.

The point here is: if you cannot describe or communicate what you want coherently to the jeweler, how do you expect him/her to fabricate the ring to your liking?

A picture speaks a thousand words when it comes to a custom jewelry piece. If you can sketch out your ideas and articulate what you want in the ring, it would help the jeweler to create the perfect ring for you.

Another point I want to raise here is having an open channel for communication. Be prepared for some to and froing during the initial stages of the customization work. I know some people may feel intimidated when speaking to an experienced designer but that shouldn’t stop you from asking questions or raising concerns you have.

Tip #3: Start Early And Plan Ahead If You Buying a Custom Wedding Band

exchanging wedding rings during marriage

The duration of a custom job can take anywhere between 1-3 months depending on a number of factors. This is to be expected as there will be some back-and-forth between conceptualization to actual production.

In a typical custom wedding ring production process, a sketch of the ring design is typically made via CAD and a raw mold of the ring would be created. If there is a need, some jewelers may also provide a wax model of the ring to help you visualize how the final ring would look like before production takes place.

All these steps may take time and will not work out well for you if you have a tight deadline for delivery.

With that, I hope you found this custom wedding ring guide helpful on your journey to wedded bliss. Getting married is one of the most wonderful moments in life. So is designing a customized wedding ring to mark such an important milestone. Good luck with your shopping and remember to have fun!

For high quality workmanship and affordable prices for a fully customized wedding band, I recommend starting your project with Brian Gavin, White Flash or Blue Nile.

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2 Comments

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    Jennifer-
    May 15, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    I’m still not sure about buying a custom made wedding band as I’m worried about ballooning costs with money we may not have. I’ve looked around and the wedding bands look pretty generic and I may want to commission someone to design a ring for me. What are the typical costs like? Would $1000 be enough?

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    Paul Gian-
    May 18, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    For most people, the goal of getting a custom pair of wedding bands stems from the need for certain features that aren’t found in pre-existing designs.

    It doesn’t help that most traditional jewelers have a limited supply of wedding band designs directly off the counter. Besides, a large portion of these designs is what we might call “standard” or “boring”.

    Many people believe customized wedding bands are expensive and time prohibitive, but that is simply not the case. It really depends on details and whether intensive labor or ornamentation is required. For example, a simple rose gold/white gold intertwining wedding band wouldn’t cost as much as a pre-made ring and can easily be delivered within 2 weeks. If a lot of engraving and intricate patterning are required, then it would take a longer period of time.

    You can get in touch with the vendors listed here and ask for a quick quote. All it takes is a few minutes of your time and unless you are asking for something that’s really intricate, $1000 should be enough.

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