What could be more special than a bespoke engagement ring? Here the experts at Durham Rose reveal how you can create our own unique design within budget…
The one thing that got people talking about last year’s royal wedding was that Prince Harry had designed Meghan’s engagement ring. It was just so damned romantic… And made grooms-to-be everywhere wonder how the heck they were ever going to live up to expectations.
Bespoke engagement rings are considered to be above most people’s budget. But that’s not necessarily the case. While quality bespoke jewellery is never going to be cheap, you don’t need a stash of family heirlooms if you want to make your intended a ring that is uniquely theirs.
So, how do you go about designing and commissioning your own bespoke engagement and wedding rings? Durham Rose could just provide the answer.
4 things to consider when designing your own bespoke engagement ring:
1. Your partner’s tastes
The biggest mistake that people make when designing an engagement ring is to get carried away by their own preferences. So, look at what your partner likes. Bling or understatement? Yellow gold, or other metals? Traditional or modern? Take time to think it through – and make notes – before you arrange a design consultation.
2. Other people’s rings
Inspiration can come from anywhere –flowers, favourite colours, mathematical equations (seriously!). But other people’s rings will give you the best idea of what does and doesn’t work. The ring featured here was inspired by Princess Diana’s engagement ring (now belonging to The Duchess of Cambridge). Other people start with an idea and change it beyond recognition. But it always starts with a spark.
3. Your means
No one was ever swept off their feet by a beautiful budget. But then no one has ever thought that financial hardship is sexy. There are so many ways to make a bespoke engagement ring incredible that you don’t need to re-mortgage your home just to amp up the sparkle. Different gems have different meanings, and any stone chosen with care will always mean more than a diamond forever associated with eviction.
4. Your assets
A great way to save money is to repurpose stones that you already own. It can also help to add depth, character and meaning to your ring, making it really personal.
The Design Process
The Durham Rose design process was inspired by personal experience. The company was created because the founder – Manu – couldn’t find a jeweller able to give him the design control he wished for when creating his future-wife’s engagement ring. So he did it himself, using CAD software. Seeing the results, his friends and relatives asked him to do the same for them. Eventually word got around and strangers started approaching for commissions. Thus, the business was born. And the company now employs exactly the same techniques, allowing customers complete control over their designs – only with the guidance of a qualified professional to make sure that all goes as planned.
After a design consultation, a series of drawings will be drafted, enabling you to select and tailor your favourites, until you find ‘the one’. Then a selection of photo-realistic renders will be created so you can see exactly what your finished ring will look like. If you’re happy with the design and the predicted price, the actual creation will get underway. 4-6 weeks later, you’ll be ready to pop the question.
Designing a bespoke ring doesn’t have to be earth-shatteringly expensive. If it’s unique to you, if means something to your partner, it doesn’t matter if your budget is £1,000 or £10,000. It will be incredible. And it will be YOURS. And that’s what