Unsure of the benefits of having your engagement ring customized? A customized ring starts with an existing design where you get to change the details. It’s your opportunity to make the ring uniquely yours.
While there are many ways to customize your ring, basically there are just three steps - choosing the diamond(s), the setting and the metal.
- Spectacular diamond(s) can be found in our extensive, ethically sourced selection of natural diamonds. Since there are so many sensational diamonds to choose from, consider the 3Ss - Size, Shape and Sparkle. Once you select your diamond(s), choose your setting.
- With so many beautiful settings to choose from, having a style in mind can help steer you toward the one for you. There are classic settings, traditional settings, embellished settings, halo settings, three-diamond settings, bezel settings and more. After you select your setting, you can determine the metal you want.
- Platinum, white gold, yellow gold, or rose gold all offer their own special glow. At Sparkle Cut, we use recycled metals because we believe it’s the right thing to do.
- Platinum is the preeminent choice for engagement rings because it is lustrous, exquisite and the sturdiest of all the metals. Typically mined in South Africa and Russia, platinum is 30x rarer than gold, 40% heavier, and 90-95% pure, all factors that dictate price. Diamonds set in this beautiful white-hued metal make the intricate details of a setting appear more meticulous. While platinum doesn’t oxidize or tarnish, it will eventually get a natural patina, which we love. Your jeweler can polish away any scratches you might notice over time.
- The warm natural-yellow of gold has made it a conventional choice for engagement rings for many years. Romantic and enduring, its purity is measured in karats divided into 24 parts (carats are gemstone measurements). 24K gold is pure, but too soft for jewelry, so it’s mixed with alloys (other metals) to make it more durable. 14K gold is 14 parts pure gold and 10 parts alloy. If gold is sold as jewelry in the United States, it must be at least 10 parts gold.
- Yellow gold is a blend of pure gold, silver and copper, creating its warm glow and stability.
- White gold is a blend of pure gold, palladium and silver plated with rhodium, or nickel, copper and zinc, plated with rhodium. These alloys make it stronger and give it a whiter appearance, although replating is needed every 1-4 years.
- Rose gold is gaining popularity and is a blend of pure gold and copper, for strength.
Gold is typically mined in South Africa, although it’s also found in the United States, Russia, Peru and Australia. To keep your gold rings looking beautiful, simply buff them with a soft cloth.
- Engraving your engagement ring is another way to personalize it, as long as the band is wider than 3 mm. If your engagement ring is too narrow, consider engraving the wedding band with something meaningful instead.
However you choose to customize your engagement ring, you’ll end up with a ring that’s distinctly yours. And your love should be celebrated with your own unique style.