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DESIGN YOUR OWN ENGAGEMENT RING FOR A PERSONAL TOUCH





There are probably thousands of different engagement rings available to you within a few miles of your home. Jewelry stores and even large general retail stores have counters sprinkled with hundreds of choices. That may be fine for most people, but your love is different. It’s unique. You want something that expresses your commitment in a way no one else can express it. You want to design your own engagement ring. Yes, it will take a bit more time, and more creativity on your part. But the last thing you want is to present your intended with a ring, only to realize that she’s seen is somewhere before – or, even worse, on someone else’s hand!

Many jewelers offer the option to choosing a setting, then selecting the stone you wish to have mounted. Some people will even have the ring itself designed exclusively for them before having a stone placed in it, which is a personal way to design your own engagement ring.

Others may have a ring with sentimental value attached and just want a new or replacement stone mounted. Most jewelers will accommodate this as you design your own engagement ring, provided the chosen stone will fit into the mount.





Budgetary Considerations
If your budget is not a concern, you can design your own engagement ring by having the ring specially designed and the having the stone cut to fit your personal expectations. Remember, however, this is a very expensive process, especially if you are having a diamond cut to suit your tastes.

Should you choose to design your own engagement ring you may want to consider cubic zirconia or moissanite as an alternative to diamonds. This could lower the cost even though cubic zirconia is being thought of as a poor replacement for diamonds. Moissanite, however is closer to diamonds as far as strength and brilliance, but still falls short on clarity.





Gem Options
One thing to remember if you design your own engagement ring is the durability of the stone. Pearls and opals are rarely used in engagement rings due to their softness. Some women do not appreciate the brilliance of diamonds in a ring and then you design your own engagement ring you can choose sapphires, rubies or emeralds to add color.

The band itself should also be considered with some people shying away from white gold, believing it to be a cheap alternative. Actually, an 18 carat gold ring has the same weight of gold in it as does an 18 carat white gold band. The difference is in the alloy mixed with the gold. Gold rings may be 75 per cent gold mixed with copper and zinc, while white gold would be 75 per cent gold mixed with silver or palladium. Gold content remains the same, but the alloy is different.

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