Once you know you are ready to start researching and shopping for engagement rings, one of the first items to think about is whether or not you want to get a custom engagement ring. There are pros and cons to purchasing an in-stock ring versus a custom one, but the decision really comes down to what is best for you.
Here is what you should take into account when deciding if a custom engagement ring is the best option for you.
Budget is always important when shopping for fine jewelry, and it can certainly impact whether you choose a ring that is in-stock or custom. One myth is that custom always means a higher price tag. This view is not the case; you can design a custom ring that’s within your budget.
Labor and time are two of the biggest factors that will affect price. For these two reasons, you may pay more than you would for an in-stock ring, but again, custom work doesn’t always mean more expensive.
When you schedule an appointment to meet with one of our jewelers, it helps to have a budget in mind from the very beginning. This way, we can work together to create a custom engagement ring that’s within your budget, but still has the look that you want.
Custom work always takes longer. Therefore, if you’re planning to get engaged in a couple of weeks, then you might not have time to purchase a custom engagement ring. Expect a custom ring to take a minimum of 3-4 weeks to design and create. Following the design consultation, a wax mold can be viewed to ensure your vision is coming to life.
If you need a ring within a shorter time frame, a ring that is in-stock is probably the safer choice.
You’ve likely scoured Pinterest and browsed pages of magazines to determine what style of ring you like. You may have even already visited some stores to get an idea of what you might be interested in for your engagement ring. If you haven’t found the ring of your dreams, a custom engagement ring might be for you. You can combine the design elements you love to create the perfect ring.
Remember, the engagement ring is something your significant other is going to have forever. You want them to love it! If you haven’t found an in-stock ring that you are head over heels for, it may be time to consider designing your engagement ring.
If you do design a custom engagement ring, make sure you feel comfortable with the designer. You’ll be working together closely, so you want to feel confident that he or she can help you bring your vision to life.
Our custom jewelry designers will help you create an engagement ring that your future fiancé will cherish forever. Talk with us to learn more about the custom ring design process at Vanscoy, Maurer & Bash in Lancaster, PA!