Christmas might be over, but we're still very much in the midst of engagement season!
This magical time of year from Thanksgiving to Valentine's Day, filled with all its festive spirit, fresh beginnings, and romantic getaways, is prime time for question popping.
Whether you're a would-be groom looking for the perfect surprise sparkler, or a newly engaged couple who are setting their sights on something special, creating a custom ring is not only a way to ensure you'll have the ring you've always dreamed of, but it's an exciting, creative and rewarding process.
But don't know where to start? We hear ya!
Joseph Jewelry is a one-stop (super chic) shop for custom-engagement rings.
Their website, (and store in Seattle), is brimming with diamonds, sapphires and emeralds – we know because we spent a few (more than a few!) hours on there, trying to pick out our favourites among their exquisite designs.
Designing Your Ring
Understanding the pressure of selecting such an important piece of jewelry (especially when you're designing it yourself) Joseph Jewelry has a simple step-by-step design process that means creating your perfect ring, couldn't be easier.
With a 100% satisfaction policy, they work within your budget, helping you to create a beautiful ring, that you and your other half will love forever.
Every step of the way, you have the opportunity to review your design, either online, or by visiting the Joseph Jewelry store.
Using only the finest gemstones and masterful craftsmanship, the high-end quality of the jewelry is just superb.
They can even reuse old jewelry, setting your grandmother's stone in a new design, or updating a family heirloom to suit a modern bride.
But when it comes to creating your own engagement ring, the hardest part can often be finding your inspiration.
Some grooms or their brides have an instant picture of what they'd like in their heads, some can take features from different rings to put together an image their dream design, while others need to see a finished product first, to get an idea of how it will look.
Luckily Joseph Jewelry's website has a plethora of beautiful rings to inspire you. From classic styles and vintage settings, to innovative designs and modern cuts, they have solitaires, halos, coloured gemstones and sparkling diamonds.
And we've had the pleasure of selecting some of our favourites, that we thought our ever-stylish readers would fall head over heels for…
Pretty gorgeous, right? We just love how they vary from ultra-glamorous rocks to organic, bohemian-style pieces.
The best thing about designing your own engagement ring is that you really can create something to suit your signature style, no matter what that might be.
Here's a closer look at just some of Joseph Jewelry's most divine designs…
The Design Process
So once you've a better idea of the kind of ring you want to design, how do you turn it into a real piece of hand candy?
Joseph Jewelry's website allows you to add your favourite rings from the site, as well as upload your own images or drawings. Once you've made your choice of design, gemstones and metal, they will then give you an estimate of the price – though they'll advise you on the best choices to meet your budget.
Next, they'll create a 3D image of how your ring will look, followed by realistic rendered pictures, and a millimetre-perfect wax model (that can even be sent out to you, wherever you are in the world), so you'll have opportunities, every step of the way, to see and tweak your design.
Finally, Joseph Jewelry will use their state-of-the-art computerized casting machine to create your design, exactly as you've imagined it.
Who knew designing your own ring could be so simple, yet so hands on? And as an award-winning jeweler (Best Designer Jeweler 2014 in Western Washington, don't you know!) you know you're in safe hands.
Best of all, Joseph Jewelry ships worldwide!
And for more engagement ring inspiration, check out these past posts on sparklers.