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How to Design Your Own Vintage Engagement Ring

custom designed engagement ring pear shaped diamond

Designing your own engagement ring is a fantastic idea because it means you're going to wear for the rest of your life a beautiful ring design that has special meaning to just the two of you.

The possibilities are endless when designing your own vintage engagement ring, which is why you should do a little bit of research before getting into it.

Here's how you should approach this process

Pear Shaped Halo Engagement Ring

Pick the Center Stone

We always recommend picking the center stone for your custom engagement ring first. Because the entire ring has to be in proportion to the center stone it is important to know how large it is, the shape of it (round, oval etc) and if picking a colored stone the underlying hue. For example, a rose cut diamond with yellow/green undertones may not look the best in a rose gold setting. 

Although diamond center stones are still the number one seller, at Rough Luxe we like to give you other options. Teal Montana Sapphires and Grey Rose Cut Diamonds are very popular and we specialize in both of those stones.

Additionally, you can pick the diamond as the center stone and add different gemstones as accents which will ensure that focus is on the precious diamond. To make the ring even more special, you can choose a gemstone which carries a meaning to you. For example, it can be your birthstone or your partner's. Or perhaps you would like to use a family heirloom diamond. We would be happy to custom design a setting to fit it perfectly.

When choosing the central stone, you also need to think about what kind of shape you'd like for it to be. Like in the case of the setting, you have plenty of options here as well, such as round, princess, emerald, heart, marquise, oval, pear, radiant or cushion.

It's all a matter of finding the one which matches your style and personality.

3ct diamond ring

3ct. Diamond Engagement Ring

Decide on the Metal

You probably have an idea of what type of metal looks good with your skin's undertone: yellow gold, white gold, or rose gold. The latter one suits all undertones, so it's a safe option.

If your undertone is neutral, then you're in luck because it means that any type of metal is going to look fantastic on you.

A white gold vintage engagement ring can define a more classic Art Deco look, while a rose gold or yellow gold band leans more towards a vintage style.

Choose the Setting

The next step is to narrow down your options by deciding on what type of setting you would want to go for.

This can be a hard decision to make since there are a lot of beautiful vintage inspired engagement ring settings you can choose from.

Solitaire, halo, side stones, channel set or tension are the most common ones that brides-to-be go for. You will notice that a lot of our collection focuses on halo engagement rings. They are my personal favorites and I love designing them. Brides to be also tend to gravitate toward halo engagement rings because you get more bling for your buck. Instead of spending a lot more on a bigger center stone, halos can make your center stone look larger and also more interesting.

We are extremely passionate about guiding people through the entire process of designing their own engagement ring, which is why we work closely with every person from the very first sketch until the ring is finished.

So, if you want to add a twist to a certain setting and make it unique, you can definitely count on us to make it a reality.

Grey Rose Cut Diamond

Grey Rose Cut Diamonds

Designing the Vintage Engagement Ring of Your Dreams

Once you've decided on these main three aspects, it's important to find a jewelry designer who can help translate your wishes into a timeless engagement ring.

If you choose to work with us, we'll take our time and lead you through each step of creating a unique symbol of your love story. Moreover, the ring will be made so that it withstands the test of time.

Do you want to discuss your custom bespoke engagement ring? Then feel free to get in touch. We'd love to answer your questions.

Heather Charlick

Heather Charlick

Hello There! I'm Heather-a jewelry artist living with my beloved husband & horses in the rolling hills of Tennessee. I make vintage inspired engagement rings for the romantic bride. I would love to help you custom design your dream ring, so feel free to contact me anytime.