If you’re turned off by cookie-cutter morganite and diamond engagement rings, you are not alone. It’s no secret that the glass display case engagement rings found in most jewelry retail stores are mass-marketed, machine-made products. Once upon a time, if you wanted to buy an engagement ring, you would visit a small jewelry retailer that offered a unique selection of handcrafted artisan rings. Today, the growing market trend toward custom designed engagement rings reflects a return to this old-fashioned sensibility. Renewed demand for distinctive, irreproducible pieces suggests that more couples are seeking personalized ring designs that stand out from the crowd.
If you’re thinking of designing your own garnet engagement rings, the first thing you should know is that the process is easier than you probably think. Many reputable chain stores and online retailers take custom orders, and there are also jewelry manufacturers that specialize exclusively in custom, handcrafted engagement rings. Furthermore, if you go online, you will find that professional jewelers frequently have computerized applications on their websites that allow you to design your engagement ring from the comfort of your home. These virtual ring design platforms or systems allow you to select the stone cut, setting, metal type, finger size and other specifications of your ring. The virtual applications are image-based so you can visualize every aspect of your ring design before placing an order.
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