I struggled to find an engagement ring that would be unique to me. Everything I saw had been done before, so I decided to do it myself. Designing my ring myself was a wonderful experience. Prior to this massive project that I would wear for the rest of my life, I had no design experience. I want to walk you through the process and perhaps open you up to the idea of doing it yourself.
I fell in love with a band I found that had cross hatched diamonds in a sort of weave pattern. I loved this idea for the look and the symbolism.
I began drawing and I was less than impressed with my non-existent skills… so I found a CAD jewelry designer.
He made a rendering of the band I had drawn, with a center diamond.
Ok, so back to the drawing board. How do I break up the large band?
It just isn’t quite right yet. I liked smaller round diamonds that the first ring had, for a daintier look, so I asked if we could replace some of the baguettes.
I liked the cathedral settings and the idea of nesting the wedding band inside the engagement ring. I combined all the things I liked to come up with this beauty.
After all of the changes were finalized, a silver and cubic zirconia ring was created for the ultimate final approval. My husband approved the silver ring because we were traveling and he had worked it out with the jeweler so that I would think I needed to approve it after traveling. He popped the question on our India trip and totally surprised me. So sneaky!
Not only did I enjoy the process, I had no idea how special it would be to have a ring that I created. My husband’s encouragement was instrumental in this process from beginning to end. Every time someone comments on my ring, I text him a ring emoticon and he texts me back a thumbs up. I’m sure we will do this forever.