Have you spent hours shopping for engagement rings but can’t find a perfect ring design?
Perhaps your partner has specific, niche tastes that mass-produced rings don’t cater to. Or, maybe you’ve found the perfect diamond but have no actual ring.
What if you could make an engagement ring that ticks all the right boxes?
Custom rings are a great solution for those wanting something outside the norm. However, there are things to consider. Ordering a custom ring is not as straightforward as walking into a store, pointing, and saying, “I want that one.”
So, how long does a custom engagement ring take, exactly? And what should you expect from the process? Here’s everything you need to know.
A custom engagement ring is a unique creation a jeweler makes according to your specifications. It’s a one-off, one-of-a-kind ring. Ordering a custom-made engagement ring gives you the creative freedom to design a truly special and unique ring.
However, you can’t just pop into a jewelry store and expect them to conjure up a bespoke engagement ring on the spot. Your engagement ring will be handcrafted, so there’s a process to follow, and it takes time.
Many assume custom rings cost much more than a standard ring. However, while they can cost an arm and a leg, they often cost about the same as, or sometimes less than, standard rings.
The average cost of an engagement ring is around $6,000, but variables such as gemstone quality and metal type can affect the cost, and the same goes for custom designs.
Most jewelers agree that crafting a custom engagement ring requires 4–12 weeks from conception to completion. The actual timeline depends on many factors, including:
Always allow the maximum amount of time (12 weeks). It’s even better if you add a buffer with additional time. You never know when things may be delayed.
We recommend starting the custom ring process six months in advance, particularly if you plan to propose during a vacation or similar event you can’t reschedule. This will give you ample time to relax and enjoy the process rather than tearing your hair out when things don’t go to plan.
There’s a very specific process that takes place before a ring becomes reality. Here are the steps and how long they take.
The first step starts with an idea. Before approaching a jeweler, develop an idea of what type of ring you want. Jot down your thoughts, sketch out the ring style, and give serious thought to elements such as gemstones and metal.
Then, head to the jewelry store for an initial consultation. They will look at your design and ideas and tell you if they’re feasible. They may suggest adjustments and improvements.
Time: The time you spend on your idea is up to you. The initial consultation can take an hour or longer.
Next, your jeweler will create a rendered mockup of the design, which will be a 3D model, computer-generated image, or to-scale drawing. The jeweler will take great care to stay as true to your original design as possible.
Time: Simple designs will take less time to render than complex creations. Allow up to three weeks for this step.
Once you see the final mockup, you’ll see how the different elements work together. If something isn’t vibing, request adjustments.
Time: If you approve the design, this step will be over quickly. If you need adjustments, the modified design can require another week.
This is the part where you wait.
And wait a bit more.
If your ring design is complex, this period will test your patience as your jeweler takes the time to produce a flawless and perfect engagement ring.
Why does creating a ring take so long? Well, first, the jeweler makes a resin or wax mold. Then, they cast the metal. Gold is the easiest and quickest metal to cast, but if you’ve requested white or rose gold, these harder metals will require more time.
Then, the gemstones are selected and set onto the ring. Simple settings like a center stone won’t take too long, but many small stones in an intricate pattern will take longer.
Lastly, the finishing touches are added. This includes any engravings, plus cleaning and polishing.
Time: Finally, after 3–6 weeks, you’ll get the call. Your finished ring is ready!
You can either head to the jeweler to approve the finished result in person, or the jeweler will provide you with photos or a video of the ring. If you’re happy, you can take it home or wait for the jeweler to ship it.
Time: 1–2 weeks, depending on whether or not the ring is shipped.
That’s it! Your custom ring is ready for your proposal.
Custom designs often cost the same as, or even less than, mass-produced rings.
It is not expected that you tip your jeweler. However, the jeweler will appreciate the gesture.
Custom jewelry made from high-quality metal and gemstones does not tend to lose value. If you have chosen a relatively classic design, it will hold its value more than something very niche.
The cost of making a ring with your own diamonds varies. It can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $40,000, depending on what metal you choose, the complexity of the ring design, and the quality and size of any other included gemstones.
If you can’t find the perfect ring for your loved one, having someone make an engagement ring is a great solution. You’ll control the design and can create a ring your partner will adore.
Custom engagement rings are ideal if you want something different, unique, or a little out there. They’re also a great choice if you have some family jewels begging for an upgrade.
The key is to allow yourself plenty of time so you don’t end up sweating when you still don’t have a finished ring in your hand. Be prepared, and give yourself several months to get it sorted, and you’ll be, well, sorted!
At The Groom Club, we’ve got tons of tips for whatever type of ring you’re shopping for. From how to finance the ring to trending styles, we’ll help you pick out the perfect ring and stay in the black.