Design your own ring
Got a dream wedding band in your head? Here's how to get your ideas turned into sparkling reality!
Did you get engaged on Valentine’s Day, you jammy thing? Well, if you hanker after designing your own ring – either for a wedding band, or a present to a loved-one or yourself, you might be a bit bewildered as to where to start.
Simon Pure, which makes bespoke creations at its workshop in Cranleigh, just over the border in Surrey, shared its tips with us for getting your dream ring from head – to page – to finger.
Speak to a bespoke jeweller to describe what you want and need from your band. They may have a design that fits your brief in store, if not, this is where the fun begins.
Believe it or not there, are already some key starting points to designing a wedding band that you can take from your engagement ring. The width of your wedding band should be the same width as the back of the shank on your engagement ring. Matching this width and profile will create a band of the same profile to snuggle up against your engagement ring.
Choose the shape of the diamond that goes into the wedding band to be the same shape as the stone in your engagement ring. Then, choose the setting style from the modern channel setting to the beautifully vintage pave. Look at samples in store and pick your favourite.
The perfect fit
The designer will take the measurement of your finger to make sure they get the perfect fit for not only when you wear your wedding band on its own but also with your engagement ring too.
A good jeweller will provide you with a CAD image of your chosen band and the ring will be handmade from there. They should also re-finish your engagement ring so that your two rings start off married life looking like the perfect match.
Don’t forget the gents
Men’s wedding bands can incorporate many different metals. Platinum, palladium, gold, titanium and zirconium are among choices to make sure he gets something comfortable and suitable for his busy life.