6 tips for designing your own custom wedding ring with Joseph Jewelry #Sponsors: Jewelry#custom rings#diamond ring#engagement ring#non-diamond ring#ring October 10 2014 | Catherine Clark bijouxandbits 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. Custom organic flower gorgeousness from Joseph Jewelry We love custom options and making something standard into something that is totally YOU. We see custom dresses all the time, and we pretty much know how that all works; but when it comes to a custom engagement or wedding ring, it starts to get a little hazy. Maybe you start to think that a custom ring would be a big ol' splurge or that a designer just wouldn't understand what you're talking about. But seeing your idea come to life in the hands of a skilled uber-wizard of jewelcrafting can be so rewarding — like, permanent, amazing, new-family-heirloom rewarding. We've partnered up with our longtime custom jewelry-making pals, Joseph Jewelry, to see what a custom ring entails and how we can make it a REALLY fun and creative experience. Because seriously, DIYing decor is awesome, but DIYing an item you wear every day can be truly worthwhile. Here are our six tips for getting the most from a custom ring designing experience. 1. Start early, especially if you're planning something really different You want to make sure the jeweler has enough time to get it right (and to get your approval) before starting to craft the ring. Joseph Jewelry recommends leaving a couple of months if you can, to ensure that the process goes smoothly. 2. Gather up your inspiration Expand your options to more than just a traditional wedding ring. Hell, this is Offbeat Bride — we never discourage going hog-wild! Search for imagery from literature, film, fandoms, nature, places you've visited, anything you love — and see if it can be incorporated into the design. Some jewelers, like Joseph Jewelry, have super-skilled designers on staff who will work with you to bring your Arwen's pendant-meets-the-One Ring piece to life. Plus, you can always check out online guides (like this one which helps you narrow down your metal choices) to make sure you're boning up on what possibilities are out there. Custom rose gold and diamond engagement ring from Joseph Jewelry 3. Utilize fancy-pants online features On Joseph Jewelry, we've seen 3D modeling, uploading your own drawings/designs, and ring builder tools. These are NOT something you'll see on every jewelry site. But these nifty tools that allow you to build your ring from scratch or upload a drawing that you made can bring out all the creative juices you have ready to bust out. And if you can see a 3D rendering of your ring before it even begins to be made, it will make you feel so much better about what you're getting. Peace of mind, man — it's everything. And if your vendor has in-house designers you can work with, let them guide you if you're confuzzled about what to choose. They know their stuff. Art Deco-style blue sapphire halo and diamond engagement ring from Joseph Jewelry 4. Customize an existing piece if you see something you like that just needs a tweak Even if you have your heart set on a gothic black diamond in a Poké Ball setting, feel free to peruse some existing rings to keep your options open. Joseph Jewelry, for instance, will customize their existing rings to your taste if you'd rather not start from the ground up. Custom blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring from Joseph Jewelry 5. Make sure your jewelry vendor is on the up-and-up Check out any independent reviews or testimonials and find out how long they have been in business. Another perk would be finding out if they create the jewelry on-site or if they subcontract the work to another jeweler. Working with an in-house vendor can save you money and give you more control over the design. 6. Take advantage of getting a quote The good guys aren't going to want you to go in blind. Feel free to get a quote on a ring you admire to see what it might run you. Custom micro-pave halo diamond engagement ring from Joseph Jewelry If this kind of heirloom-quality craftsmanship is in your plans, these babies can last for multiple lifetimes. Plus, there's totally no extra charge for custom-designing your jewelry with Joseph Jewelry, so the price of your piece will be based entirely on the materials used… which you have hand-picked! So do you feel ready to take on the challenge of creating your own Harry Potter wand meets golden snitch ring? Yer a ring-creating wizard, Harry. Thanks to Joseph Jewelry for supporting Offbeat Bride by sponsoring this post. Check out their custom process here and get started on your own ring. This post features Offbeat Vendors! Check out their vendor listing to see how they cater to Offbeat Brides: Joseph Jewelry 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 Catherine Clark Catherine Clark is Offbeat Bride's Senior Editor. In her spare time she loiters at her local library, makes art, watches movies en masse, plays video and tabletop games, poorly cooks healthy things, cuddles with her feline fur baby, and blogs at BijouxandBits.com. @enidjcoleslaw @bijouxandbits @bijouxandbits PREVIOUS Narrow wedding shoes NEXT Erin & Jad's skateboarding and beer trucks camp-out wedding Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] Ooh … I'm hoping to design a ring for myself (relatively) soon, so I appreciate the tips. Thanks guys! Reply It is a very informative post and I personally loved all the rings in the post. Looking forward to design my own ring after reading these tips. 🙂 Reply What a great article and excellent perspective on custom jewelry. Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *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. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.