The jeweler that you choose should have an excellent reputation within the community as well as on the internet. You should ask family, friends, and co-workers if the jewelry store you are considering is a wise choice and if any of them have personal experience in dealing with the shop. Take your friend’s recommendation seriously, as they have no reason to lie to you.
If the jeweler has a web presence, read over the most recent reviews left on the company website and check out any reviews listed on popular business feedback sites such as Yelp! or Angie’s List. Again, take these reviews to heart, as people leaving feedback have no reason to lie. However, if you find a bad review nestled in the midst of numerous good reviews, you can probably dismiss it as simply a disgruntled customer having a bad day.
You also want to make sure that the gemstone you are buying comes with gemological Institute of America, Inc. (GIA) certification. A responsible jeweler should be able to show you the GIA report with no questions asked.
Start Your Search in Plenty of Time
This is sort of a no-brainer in terms of customized jewelry. You do not want to begin looking for a jewelry shop to create you customized ring right before you plan to pop the question. Finding a great jeweler in itself takes time, not to mention the time it takes to actually design the ring. Give yourself at least six months to complete the entire process.
Know What to Look for in a Diamond
Anyone on the search for a diamond ring, pendant, necklace, bracelet, etc. should be familiar with the four C’s: cut, color, clarity, and carat weight. Know that the higher the ranking the diamond has in the four C’s means the better quality of gemstone you are getting. However, this also means that the piece will be more expensive than its lower ranking counterparts will.
Once you have familiarized yourself with the 4 C’s, it’s time to determine what your budget shall be. You should lock in a solid budget for yourself before ever setting foot in a jewelry store. It is very easy to overspend once your eyes lock on all of those gorgeous engagement rings, especially if you are gaining inspiration for a custom design.
Consider Custom Designing a Wedding Band/Engagement Ring Set
If you want both rings to complement one another, deign them at the same time using the same jeweler. This ensures the rings will sport the same style, cut, color, and clarity. This option will also save you money as most jewelry shops offer package deals.