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Why a Custom Engagement Ring Isn't as Expensive as You'd Think

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Picking out the perfect engagement ring can be difficult, after all, you will hopefully be wearing it for the rest of your life! There are so many options to choose from, and finding the perfect one can feel like a daunting task.
So, what do you do when you can't find the ring of your dreams? 
Get it custom-made, of course! 
It's easy, fun, and it's not as expensive as you would think. The best and most obvious reason to get a custom made ring is because it will be uniquely yours, no one else will have one quite like it, but here are three more reasons that a one-of-a-kind piece could be the right direction for you.

01
The relationship with your designer

There are so many talented designers out there, and finding one that reflects your aesthetic and personality makes the process that much more special. Exploring different artistic approaches and meeting the creators will add another dimension to your ring shopping experience.

A smaller jeweler will be absolutely thrilled to work closely with you, to get your ring exactly how you envision it, and even have suggestions to you that take you beyond your original vision. 
If you are interested in a custom ring, you probably have a creative streak. Working collaboratively with your designer in the creative process will feel exciting for you as you watch your dream come to life. 
Finding a jeweler that comes highly recommended is important, you want to make sure that their customers are happy and they can be trusted. A reputable background is a must with any jeweler, and especially when working with custom pieces.

02
A budget-friendly price

Besides having numerous years in the jewelry industry and countless credentials, he or she will provide expert guidance through the experience every step of the way. Understanding your personal style and budget is key. Beyond that, the jeweler should help you balance the 4 C's (cut, color, clarity, and carat) in accordance with your specific aesthetics, values, and priorities. 
Yes, really. While prices vary widely for custom pieces, if you do the research, you can find one that fits into almost any budget, and with more control of your ring design, you can create one that that matches what you are able to spend.
You may want to update an old family ring, or use the gemstones in an entirely new piece, potentially saving even more money.
Many jewelers who specialize in custom jewelry have much lower overhead and marketing fees than large retailers do. So, they can afford to take less of a markup on their product, which results in a significant savings. 
If it's done right, not only will you get the ring of your dreams, but you will also feel good about working with your jeweler for years to come.

03
A story to tell for a lifetime

With custom made rings, you can tell your unique love story every time someone asks about them, which they will!  Your rings can have the symbolism, style and materials that represent only you and your S.O.  The process of designing and making them will be part of the story.
You are not just creating jewelry, but a memorable, family heirloom with profound meaning.
Personally designing and making a ring may take more time and effort, but if you are the type that enjoys going the extra mile to create something as meaningful as a custom ring, then making your own could be the right direction for you.
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