Everything you need to know about how to get a custom engagement ring design! #Sponsors: Jewelry#custom rings#diamond ring#engagement ring#ring August 9 2016 | Megan Finley Horowitz meggyfin This business paid a fee to be listed on Offbeat Bride because they feel their products and services are a great fit with offbeat philosophies… and we agree. Learn more about our ads. Scroll down to see how this ring went from "meh" to OH MEH GAWD! I needed to re-design the engagement ring that my fiancé inherited from his grandmother. I found myself Googling "custom engagement ring design" and "how to make a custom engagement ring design" and "who the hell can I ask to re-design my engagement ring forgodsake" for weeks and weeks. But being way too scared to get the process started… mostly because, I didn't even know how to even start. Related Post Secret stones and stand-out styles: 5 custom engagement ring ideas from Joseph Jewelry We've given you our 6 tips for designing your own custom wedding ring with our sponsor Joseph Jewelry. ...But let's dive deep into the #3... Read more That's when a lightbulb went off: I've been writing about our longtime sponsor Joseph Jewelry for years. I've been consistently blown away by their custom work. So I reached out to them and asked if they'd want to take my hand and lead me through this whole process? Thankfully Joseph Jewelry accepted, and folded me up into their loving arms. Now I can share an in-depth look into their custom engagement ring design process with anyone else who's feeling nervous and overwhelmed by the task at hand… Step 1: Contact Joseph Jewelry Start the design process by going here, and clicking on the "GET STARTED" button. I was as nervous as I was excited. Mostly I wasn't sure if I even knew enough to start the process at all. But I just started plugging in all the specifics that they ask for — ring size, the kind of stone I had (or would want), the kind of metal I thought I'd want, etc. Then explained my story… My fiancé proposed with his grandma's engagement ring, and I need to turn into something that's more my style, that hopefully combines a couple of bad-ass ring designs that I found online. Then it was time to name my design. Of course I chose… "Megan's Bad-Ass Engagement Ring Redesign" Step 2: Share inspiration My original ring, and the inspiration rings. I fell in love with, like, three different engagement rings. So I uploaded a bunch of photos for Erich — the "lucky" Joseph Jewelry designer that got to deal with me — along with the piece meal, word salad, that were my requests… "Is there a way to spread the baguettes out, so they look more like funky parts of the band than a center diamond accents?" "I'm thinking of the beaded details less like 'pearls' and more like 'studs.'" What if those cool round balls are on either side of the diamond? Kind of like this vintage ring photo that I just uploaded." Step 3: Then watch as a designer literally draws from your imagination I think Erick and I went through three different drawings until I was like, "Hey, that looks awesome! I think that's it!" Step 4: Marvel at the 3D design Then the drawing was turned over to my girl, Bonnie, another Joseph Jewelry designer, who took that sketch and turned it into a 3D rendering of what my ring could look like. Step 5: Hone it The nifty 3D images made me realize that there were a lot of changes that I wanted to make. Step 6: Try it on Amongst the very cool things that Joseph Jewelry does is they print out molds of the 3D design, and then ship them to you. So you can hold them in your hands, and slip them on your finger, and make 150% sure that this is the design you love. Bonnie was awesome, and made sure to send two versions of the solid ring, just in case one broke in transit. And one totally broke in transit, but one came out just fine. That was for seeing close detail. The clear ring is flexible and tougher, so I could try that one on and see how it felt and looked. Step 7: Then change your mind completely (but don't feel bad about it!) Once I saw the exact size and details of the wax molds, I realized that I wanted to make the ring thinner. I apologized profusely, but was assured that it happens all the time. So don't worry about changing your mind, guys! Joseph Jewelry is happy to make any changes you want, and you get to keep seeing cool 3D versions of them! Step 8: Try it on again and approve the design Yup. That'll do. The moment I saw the wax mold, I felt it in my bones that it was "it." So I rushed the computer and was all… All I have to say is 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻!!! A MILLION CATS WITH HEARTS FOR EYES!!!! Print it. Ship. It. Give me that ring right meow! Step 9: Wait impatiently as Joseph Jewelry does their thang Hello, gorgeous. (Click here to see more photos of my new custom ring!) Step 10: Happily rock your custom engagement ring design for the rest of your life! Now I have an engagement ring that's as custom as my hair! Now that you know everything about getting a completely custom engagement ring design made from scratch (See, it's not scary!) there's no excuse not to start the process. Even if you're not exactly sure of what you want, just contact Joseph Jewelry TODAY, and see what awesome design you can come up with together! Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Megan Finley Horowitz When Megan's not writing, traveling, and sleeping, she's eating like the fate of the world depends on it. (You're welcome, world!) You can snoop into her personal life over on her website The Dash and Dine! @meggyfin @thedashanddine @meggyfin PREVIOUS The perfect Mason jar gift bags for your wedding NEXT Offbeat guest goes black tie: How do I blend into a black tie wedding? Show/Hide comments [ 13 ] It's GORGEOUS! Are you going to have them do a band to match it do you think? Reply Thinking about it! We've been discussing getting matching bands, and I think it would be fun to design them together. Reply It's beautiful, Megan! Congrats – so happy you now get to wear something awesome you love to remind you of the awesome person you love. Reply Awwwwwww. Thanks Alissa! 🙂 Reply I LOVE IT. It really looks customized for you, which is awesome. And to each their own, but I say good call on cutting the rows of beads. You could totally add stackable bands in later if you want to change up the look. Getting to try on the molds is SUCH a great service. Reply You've read my mind on the stackable bands thing. The moment I realized that, it was the moment I wanted to cut the extra rows. Reply You're ring looks gorgeous! Two questions: 1) Can they pair you with a designer who can help you come up with the design that is perfect for you? I love many different elements that wouldn't all be able to go into the same ring. 2) Are their rings required to have a diamond? Can you supply your own stones? (I see they have a limited selection of gemstones) My dream engagement ring has no diamonds, actually. Reply Hi Jas I am the web guy at Joseph Jewelry. 1. Absolutely, working with a designer is the first step. You tell the designer what it is you want, they work up a drawing and give you a quote. If you don't like the drawing, you can tell them what you want changed. 2. You do not have to use a diamond at all. We specialize in making jewelry 100% custom for clients, that means you get anything you want. Hope that helps `Dwayne Reply Ahh! Yay! So happy you were able to get it redesigned the way that makes you happy! It looks totally kick-ass 🙂 Reply It is BEAUTIFUL, Megan! I am thrilled for you and Mike, you seem so happy and content in yourself, like never before, it just spills off the page. You deserve this to be your life. xo Reply Amazing! So pretty and utterly yours. Reply It's gorgeous and the process doesn't look to be as scary as I thought it would be, too! I wish for you many happy years of life with Mike. Reply Nice guide Megan thank you for the gret details 🙂 Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. 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