Custom Diamond Rings Are Uniquely Yours
Many young couples don't even look into purchasing a custom engagement ring – they mistakenly believe that choosing specific stones and helping to design a unique ring is a process that will be sure to break the bank. They might be surprised to learn that often the cost of a custom diamond ring is comparable to that of some standard rings from chain jewelers. And a unique custom-designed ring is sure to become a family heirloom, treasured for many years to come.
Toronto and Area
A glance at the jewelers listed in the Toronto area shows the range of choice available, from economy chains to luxury chains along with many independent jewelers. Several Toronto-area independent fine jewelers do widely acclaimed custom work.
If you're shopping for a diamond ring, spend some time looking at websites to find jewelers whose work you admire. A designer with an aesthetic similar to yours will be easiest to work with. Call or visit and ask some questions; look at as many rings as possible. With a little bit of legwork, you'll be able to find the right jeweler for you.
A budget-saving tip: Seek out jewelers outside the downtown core. A company in Newmarket or Georgetown, for example, may be able to design and create a beautiful custom ring at a much lower price than a downtown jeweler, because it doesn't have to pay downtown overhead costs.
The Ideal Ring
The process of creating a custom diamond ring can be exciting and creative. Once you've narrowed your search and found the right jeweler, you may want to spend some time thinking about what your dream engagement ring will look like. Do you want a solitary diamond in a unique setting? Perhaps you're interested in a ring made up of many small diamonds set in a one-of-a-kind pattern. Do you like platinum, gold, or white gold? Is your ideal ring delicate or does it make a bold statement?
You can come in with a definite concept or you can create your ring in conjunction with a designer, who may have excellent ideas.
Choosing stones is part of the process, too. Appraising diamonds is an art that takes training and experience. Many chain stores employ their own appraisers, which often results in diamonds being valued as highly as possible. Wholesale stores usually use impartial agencies to value their stones. These agencies, such as Gemscan or the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) make more objective valuations of stones.
Tips for choosing stones: The main criteria for how diamonds are graded are known as the "Four Cs":
- Carats. This is a measurement that relates to the weight of the stone. One carat = 0.2 grams.
- Clarity. Almost every diamond has small imperfections. A scale from "Flawless” to "Imperfect” rates stones according to the size and location of flaws.
- Colour. A colourless diamond is the most prized, although in recent years both pink and blue diamonds have gained some popularity.
- Cut. A jeweller cuts a diamond in order to maximize its beauty. Cut determines the amount of brilliance the diamond possesses.
A custom diamond engagement ring can be as unique as the love you share. Visit a wholesale diamond jeweler today, and create your one-of-a-kind heirloom ring.