Every engagement ring is personal. Thought, effort, worry and love go into every selection.
Regardless of budget, it’s the sentiment that matters. But what do you do when you’ve scoured all the jewellers, high street to high end, and you still can’t find what you’re looking for?
That elusive piece that sums up your feelings, encapsulates your relationship, and will make your intended’s heart sing?
If you’re anything like Manu Bhardwaj, founder of bespoke jeweller, Durham Rose, you set about designing the engagement ring yourself… then launch a business that helps other people to do the same!
But how do you go about designing your own engagement ring?
And what’s the secret to making it truly personal?
Designing your perfect bespoke engagement ring with Durham Rose
The first thing to remember about creating your engagement ring is that it’s for you and the one you love.
What’s gone before, what’s considered ‘right’ is irrelevant. You may not have the budget of a banker or the resources of royalty – how many heirlooms are rattling around your attic?
But you have the knowledge to make something that your intended loves. Your job is to use it.
So, what should you be thinking about when designing your personal engagement ring?
Stating the obvious, the best place to start when designing a ring is its intended wearer.
Of course, things like metal and stone type matter, but only in regard to the preferences of the person whose finger it will sit on.
So, ask yourself what your partner truly likes.
Are they understated, or partial to a show-stopper? Do they prefer a modern or traditional look? Is their existing jewellery mainly yellow gold, or other metals? What’s their favourite colour?
It’s also important to consider other aspects such as do they work with their hands? Do they have any hobbies that could restrict the type of design they will be wearing.
All of these things can help you to find a design that hits the perfect chord.
Although you won’t be the one wearing the ring, one way to make it truly special is to put a piece of yourself into it.
You could simply have a message engraved inside the band, but when designing a bespoke engagement ring it’s possible to do something more integral.
You could blend your birth stones, having their stone as a centrepiece, embraced in a cluster of gems that represent you.
You could work the first flower you gave them into the filigree. You could design the band or the setting in a symbol that means something to you. Or you could entwine two metals – perhaps gold and platinum – to symbolise your twin personalities.
No matter how you do, it can bring a ring to life..
These days, there aren’t that many family heirlooms around.
But if you do have something – a brooch from your gran, a necklace from your aunt, earrings that your mum never wears anymore – repurposing the gems can be a great way to reduce your overheads while adding something else precious to the mix.
Money may not be romantic, but then, neither is debt. Spending beyond your means is never a good idea.
The last thing you want is for this most important piece of jewellery to become a figurative albatross.
Bespoke doesn’t have to mean expensive. Bespoke means that you have the freedom to create something wonderful, the way you want it.
And if that involves a whacking great natural diamond and you have the funds to cover it, then great.
But if you want to use less expensive stones, your ring doesn’t have to be less beautiful or less perfect.
What other people have done
Finally, by looking at other people’s rings, you can get a good idea of what does and doesn’t work.
Bespoke can mean taking an existing idea and adapting it.
Vintage rings can be hugely inspiring. Contemporary rings can show you new possibilities.
Looking before you leap is always a good idea.
Designing with Durham Rose
Durham Rose was launched because Manu simply could not find the engagement ring that he was looking for.
Having decided to design it himself, he discovered it was practically impossible to get his ring made, at least not with the degree of input he desired.
Calling upon his skills as an engineer, Manu spent weeks using CAD software to perfect his design before working directly with a goldsmith to turn his drawings into an engagement ring worth proposing with.
And the rest is a beautiful and very personal history.
But from there, sprang a business. As more friends pondered popping the question, the more Manu was recruited to assist with ring design.
Over time, word got about and soon strangers were approaching and asking for help.
These days, the process is considerably smoother, but the essence of Durham Rose ring creation remains the same. This means that you can be as involved in the design as you wish.
The Design Process
Once you’ve explained your ideas to a Durham Rose designer – and it doesn’t matter how hazy or intricate they are – you’ll be guided through your engagement ring creation.
Your ideas will be turned into a selection of CAD drawings which you can build your ring around.
The beauty of CAD is that you can easily see how your ring will look if you choose to add or take away components.
And to help ensure that you’re completely happy, your preferred design will then be used to create photo-realistic renders, so you can see exactly what the finished result will be.
You’ll then be given an estimated price, and if you’re happy the physical creation of your ring will commence.
During the course of the next four to six weeks, your stones will be sourced, your band cast, and everything possible will be done to make sure that your bespoke engagement ring becomes the only possible engagement ring you could ever have considered.
You’ll even receive a ring book, so you have an additional memento showing you everything that went into bringing your design to life.
Durham Rose began with a personal love story. And it continues with personal love stories.
As every customer finds their own, unique way to say ‘I love you’ with a bespoke engagement ring.
Aren’t they absolutely stunning!
There are many aspects to consider when choosing the right engagement ring but thanks to Durham Rose for making things a little clearer, and giving great information on the options we have when choosing such a special piece of Jewellery.
To Contact Durham Rose
Phone: 0203 627 1525