In the world of engagement rings it is important to know your options - enter custom made engagement rings from Joseph Jewelry. If you are on this blog you are probably aware of the styles that are everywhere - round cut solitaire diamond ring anyone? That has a time, place, and person it is perfect for, but sometimes people crave something a little different, with a little more personal symbolism, or just that vision in their head. If that is the case you might want to consider a custom-made engagement ring.
We tapped Joseph Jewelry from Bellevue, Washington to help us all learn a little more about custom jewelry. Joseph Jewelry has been in the business for over 20 years and are known for their amazing custom work, quality, and intuitive designs.
What is your favorite part of working with couples to design a custom-made engagement ring?
One of the really interesting stages of our custom design process is working with clients to create their masterpiece. When clients bring us their ideas, our designers collaborate with them and create a 3D model of their piece. We will also print a wax model so they can try it on. Then, the client can choose to move forward into production, or introduce changes to the model.
Many people don’t realize that creating custom jewelry is such an easy process. There’s no reason to compromise features or elements you want. When creating a custom piece, clients can bring us inspiration photos of several rings, dream up something completely new, or customize one of our existing designs, as many have for this ring.
We can create or recreate different versions of any ring, and in the designing stage of the process, we can try out different metals or settings, play with bandwidth, and so much more. Working in person or online with our designers gives you the opportunity to bring your ideas to life. The creation process seen on 3D models is a very exciting part of making custom engagement rings.
What do you love most about working in the jewelry industry?
We love the moment when jewelry becomes art. When completely original designs are brought to life from a 3D model to an actual heirloom-quality piece, we can see we created something truly unique that will be out in the world and lovingly worn. And we know that for the client, there is nothing like seeing your finished piece for the very first time.
What current trends are you seeing in engagement rings?
One strong trend right now is alternative gemstones. Although sapphires have held a fair amount of popularity over the years, classic diamonds have been largely unopposed for a very long time. Now, colored center gems such as fancy colored diamonds, sapphire, morganite, and aquamarine are becoming increasingly popular. The most coveted colors are blue, pink, yellow, and black.
We’re also seeing an increase of large center gemstones paired with delicate, thin bands. Or, with the center stone, there will be a larger halo to increase the sparkle, with a delicate band to complete the look.
What designs are popular with your clients right now?
One of our most popular designs is a modified, twisted halo engagement ring. The center stone is prong set in the center of a swirling halo of diamonds, and the swirls fluidly continue to create the band through a split, crisscross shank with diamond accents all the way around. This ring is pictured above in the photo of three engagement rings.
We continually customize pieces with different features including different metal choices such as rose gold, two-tone, mokume gane (a metal blend meant to look like wood) and hand engraving. Clients also choose varied center gemstone cuts and gems, and there are many other ways to customize this ring as well. This ring is one of our most popular pieces, although we have many other popular designs, as well.
Why are you passionate about making custom engagement rings?
So many rings are mass-produced these days, but we know that every couple is different. We’re passionate about custom pieces because we want clients to have rings that are perfectly tailored and unique to them. It will always be a pleasure knowing that we were a small part of a very big moment in the lives of our clients.
What sets your jewelry apart?
We truly care about providing the best experience for our clients and want to make sure they get exactly the piece they imagined. Working with clients step by step through open communication is key to our custom process. When you design your own ring, it’s only finished when you’re happy with every detail. Our designers guide you through every step, and we will make sure you are comfortable and confident that you are making informed choices without pressure or risk. When the piece comes together at the end of the process, we want to make sure that you are 100% thrilled with your jewelry.
The idea of designing your own jewelry might seem intimidating and expensive; however, nothing could be further from the truth. Because we create all our jewelry on-site, custom designing jewelry doesn’t cost more than stock pieces and we can accomplish almost any design or feature.