What To Expect When Buying a Custom Ring

What To Expect When Buying a Custom Ring

Vicky K
What To Expect When Buying a Custom Ring

An engagement ring is one of the biggest and most important purchases you’ll ever make. Not only is it a symbol of your love and affection for your new life partner, but it’s also something they’ll wear for the rest of their lives.

Buying a custom ring is the perfect way to make sure this once-in-a-lifetime token represents your partner’s personality, your devotion to them, and your shared bond. Malka Diamonds offers beautiful and unique custom ring designs. We love working hand-in-hand with you and/or your special someone to create something truly one-of-a-kind. 

Keep reading to learn all about buying a custom ring at Malka Diamonds.


What is a custom ring?

What To Expect When Buying a Custom Ring

Unlike a preset engagement ring – which refers to any style that already exists in one of our designer, vintage, or alternative engagement ring collections – a custom ring is specially created from scratch for you and your beloved.

During the custom ring process, we work directly with you to create a design that embodies your love and commitment and tells your unique story. 

There’s no right answer when it comes to design. A custom ring can be in any style. It can be as simple and delicate or eye-catching and vibrant as you prefer, and we’ll help you create a piece that’s truly special and unique to your love.


Why choose a custom engagement ring?

A custom design is ideal for someone who already has a vision of their perfect engagement ring but can’t find it in the preset market. It’s also a wonderful option for those who aren’t exactly sure what they’re looking for. Buying a custom ring gives you the opportunity to work directly with an experienced jewelry specialist to select each component of your design individually.

With a custom engagement ring, you have the freedom to keep it simple by using an existing design and altering just a few small elements. Or, create something completely unique and original! Either way, a custom ring allows you to tell your unique love story through a one-of-a-kind piece.


How the custom ring process works

Is this your first time buying custom jewelry? Unsure what to expect from the custom ring design process? Don’t worry — most of our customers are new to the experience. We’re here to guide you every step of the way to create the perfect ring for your special someone. (In fact, we’re known for it!)

Our incredible master craftsman jewelers take pride in working with customers to create original, unforgettable engagement rings that stand the test of time. 

Our custom ring process typically takes 3 to 5 weeks. Here’s what you can expect.


1. Getting to know you

Before we show you a single diamond or band, it’s important for us to get a sense of who you and your future fiancé are and what you envision for your ring. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, that’s perfectly okay! We’re here to help you explore styles, discover your preferences, and create a ring that expresses your love.

2. Starting the process

The design process begins with a discussion of your vision. Don’t worry if you don’t have one yet — we’ll help you discover your unique style and taste as we go. We’ll begin sketching out ideas for the design of your custom ring. 

3. Visualizing the ring

Once we have a direction for your ring, it’s time to visualize it. We use a computer-aided design program to give you several true-to-life views of your future ring. This includes images and video! We’ll discuss any changes or alterations you want based on this preview. 

4. Choosing the perfect diamond

It’s time to find the perfect diamond for your custom ring. We’ll take you through the 4 Cs of diamonds (clarity, cut, color, and carat) and answer any questions you have about choosing the right gem for your ring. Then, we’ll show you a variety of diamonds and help you select the right one (or more) for your custom ring design. Remember: we offer ethically-sourced natural and lab-grown diamonds.

5. Designing the setting

After you’ve chosen a diamond, the next step is designing a setting that beautifully complements and enhances it. Setting refers to how the diamond is mounted into the band. While the diamond is the focal point of the ring, the setting is equally important to its overall appearance, since the setting determines how the diamond is highlighted on your loved one’s finger.

6. Creating a wax mold

Using the finalized design, we’ll print a 3D wax form of your ring. You’ll come in to review this mold in person and we can discuss any concerns, changes, or alterations. From there, it’s time to cast, set, and finish the piece in the metal of your choice!

7. Crafting the ring

The final step of the custom ring process is to turn your vision into a reality. Our jewelers will painstakingly craft your custom ring using the elements you selected during the design process. Whether you’ve chosen a vintage or designer look, or you’ve opted for something less traditional, the finished ring will be completely original and truly special. After all, you put your time, energy, and love into designing it.


Let us help you create the perfect custom ring at Portland’s finest boutique jeweler

What To Expect When Buying a Custom Ring

The moment you walk into our store or contact us online, we’ll do everything we can to make you feel like family. We want to learn all about you, your partner, and your love story. We can’t wait to hear about the engagement ring of your dreams (or work with you to create a vision) and then help you design it from scratch!

At Malka Diamonds, you’ll work with third-generation diamond experts and master craftsman jewelers to specialize in designing custom rings. Our rings always include appraisals, complimentary resizing, and lifetime care.

Ready to create a custom engagement ring that embodies your unique story and expresses your love? Book an in-person or virtual consultation today or give us a call at (503) 222-5205 to learn more and get your questions answered.

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