A Gentleman’s guide: Designing your engagement ring - 5 tips

You’re planning the perfect proposal and need a ring to match it! Now What?

If you are left with more questions than answers and you’re wondering where to start, don’t stress. Here are 5 steps that will assist you in designing the perfect engagement ring.

1. Start Here: Book a Consultation

This does not have to take time out of your busy schedule! Get the ball rolling via email. This way you can test the waters with your short listed jewellers and get a feel if you’re going to be a good fit. With a basic description and budget your jeweller can be prepared with stones and design options upon your first actual meeting. A lot can be done via email to make the process as pleasant and efficient as possible.

2. The Ring: Size is not a problem

Depending on your design, most rings can be resized for a perfect fit. Your jeweller will assist you in getting the right size so that at the very least, it will slide on her finger at the time of the proposal. If you can get away with her not noticing, take a ring out of her jewellery box and take it straight to a jeweller for them to measure it accurately. Alternatively you can put it on one of your own fingers and draw a line just below where the ring is sitting. Remember to also inform your jeweller on which hand and finger she wears the ring. A women’s standard ring size is around an M or N. If the opportunity presents itself, take note whether rings in jewelry stores usually fit her. This too will give the jeweller an indication whether her fingers are smaller or larger than standard.

3. The Design Cycle: Keeping you in the know

During your consultation, your designer will help you narrow down the type of stone and look you want that will suit your pocket. This will be followed by the design process, from which you will select your favorite option. Your jeweller will assist in sourcing the right diamond or stone for your design. The actual manufacturing process goes really quickly, especially when dealing with a jeweller with an in-house workshop. Once your ring has been completed and passed all the necessary quality checks, you will be notified that it is ready for collection, shipping or delivery.

4. Payments: Easy and Hassle-free

A 50% deposit is required to start the work, and full balance upon completion. Should you choose to pay via PayPal or credit card, a link with your custom design can be loaded to our website. This way you can view and purchase your custom design online, easy and hassle free. We accept all major credit and debit cards including online bank transfers.

5. Insurance: Line up your broker

Each custom freeRange JEWELS™ piece is issued with a valuation certificate, which is sent to clients via mail. Make sure you submit it to your broker straight away. Jewellery are insured at its replacement value. Should anything happen, this certificate contains all the information in order to replace the ring.

For more information, please contact us at info@freerangejewels.co.za or get in touch via our online chat option.

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