Once you’ve finally set a date for your wedding, the biggest challenge you face is selecting and buying a wedding ring that conveys your love and affection to your better half. You can make your partner a part of the process, or you could go it alone in the hope of surprising her. Either way, you will be confronted with the decision of choosing between off-the-shelf or bespoke wedding rings.
Before you make any decisions, consider the fact that no two diamond rings are ever alike. They might look similar but they will always differ in some way. So if your heart’s set on wedding ring you saw in a magazine or at your neighbourhood jewellery shop, you won’t be able to order an exact copy from elsewhere. You can go for customized wedding rings and try match what you saw, but you they won’t be exact replicas.
Choosing a Bespoke Wedding Ring
Where your wedding symbolizes the love you have for your significant other, your wedding ring epitomizes this love. Every minute and hour that is spent on designing the perfect bespoke wedding ring is well worth it. Yes, it does take some effort to decide upon the style and design of the ring, the cut, shape, clarity, colour and carat of diamond. But at the end of the day what you have is a truly one-of-a-kind ring that speaks volumes for how you feel for the person you are about to marry.
You can customize the ring according to her preference. Does she like emerald cut or round? Would she like a prominent single stone setting, or a bunch of smaller ones? This is where choosing a bespoke ring has its advantages. You become a part of its designing process and thus, can add your personality to it. What better way to say I love you than making yourself a part of the wedding ring that you give her.
It is hard work; there are no two ways about it. Your jeweller should be able to guide you through the process, keeping you informed as it goes through different stages of development. You can even check it at any stage and alter the specifications if you feel that the ring is not turning out how you want.
Remember that the wedding ring is something that is meant to last a lifetime. The sentimental value that comes with your partner wearing a ring that you especially designed for her is unparalleled. The fact that it is unique and something personal, something only the two of you share, is priceless.
Choosing an ‘Off-the-shelf’ Wedding Ring
Going with bespoke allows you to inject your personality into the mix, but sometimes readymade is the way to go. Say for instance that you just want a simple wedding ring like a plain band, a ring whose value won’t depreciate with time, getting it custom made won’t add any real value to it. It would just be a waste of time and resources.
Furthermore, designing is not for everyone. Not everyone can walk into a jewellery store, make design choices and come up with a masterpiece. Designs tend to go out of fashion all the time. Either you have the eye for it or you don’t. If you are one of those people who don’t consider themselves to be particularly good at designing, it is best to go with off-the-shelf rings. You can ask the jewellery shop attendant to guide you with regard to which styles are popular, and make it easier for yourself to make a choice.
Something needs to be said for having access to readymade rings when you need them. Maybe you’re in a hurry and don’t have the time to get one custom made. Also not knowing the price of a ring that you are about the order can be off-putting for a lot of people. Readymade rings allow you to shop knowing the prices beforehand, so decision making is overall much easier.
Off-the-shelf wedding rings are bound to be cheaper than bespoke. When designers give you their time and go through the extra effort of designing a ring according to your specifications, the price hikes up automatically. The economies of scale that come with mass production don’t apply to bespoke.
On the flip side, you do have enough control over a bespoke design that you can make it fit your budget. You may like the stylish wedding ring displayed at a jewellery shop with its round-cut 3 carat diamond sitting in the centre. But it may be too far out of your price range. You can go with a custom made design, something that is close to what you liked, with a diamond quality that falls within your budget. Katie from Orla James would recommend you can also consider buying online – compared to the high street. This has it’s advantages as they can often make huge savings as they do not have the same overhead rates. So they can pass this saving onto the customer.