Even though a lot of time is spent organizing the details of the marriage ceremony and wedding reception, without the essential wedding bands it's difficult to imagine a marriage ceremony taking place.
While there are a countless number of designs and styles available, many couples prefer to design their own rings to make them a unique statement of their commitment.
Custom designed rings allow you freedom to include all of the elements that are important to you and your partner. You can choose the base metal for the ring as well as the jewels you would like to include, as well as the styling of this setting or designed in a way that complements your engagement ring. Many couples also have special statement engraved inside of them to make it complete.
In addition to the traditional metals of gold, silver and platinum today you can use titanium and tungsten carbide to create your ring. In terms of precious stones that are used, diamonds, emeralds, rubies and sapphires are some of the all-time favorites, with semi-precious stones like topaz, pearls and aquamarine being used as well.
The best way to begin designing your own ring is to get an idea of which elements you would like to include and to see if the setting you want can be duplicated in the metal of your choice. Unless you have a jeweler in mind it's a good idea to ask family and friends for recommendations or if they do not know of anyone locate a jeweler that is in your area and visit them to see their portfolio of work.
You should also give yourself enough time to work with the jeweler to get your design exactly as you want it to be. Custom design jewelry can take anywhere from three months to nine months from design to a completed ring depending on the elements that you select. The shorter amount of time between your order and the date that you want your order to be ready, the more expensive the ring will be.
But even with more than enough time to create your rings, be prepared to spend more if you want a custom design. It's also a good idea to place your order for delivery at least two months ahead of time in case any adjustments are needed.
Few things can compare to the feeling you have when you see your own design as a reality when you pick up your custom designed wedding bands from your jeweler. This is a truly wonderful way to show your partner just how much you care as you exchange marriage vows.