4 PRACTICAL Benefits to Getting a Custom Ring
Custom Ring Benefit #1: Low to the Finger
I get a lot of requests from clients whose wives are nurses or wear gloves for a living and the top request is to make sure that the diamond is not set too prominently off the finger.
Even if you don’t wear gloves often, this is still a concern because the higher off the finger the ring sits, the more it will get banged around. It’s not really something you would think about unless you start wearing a high ring every day and notice how much you knock it around.
To prevent the diamond’s prongs from being bent or chipping the side, keep the entire Head low to the finger. The ring is made of 2 parts: the Head and the Shank. Basically, the shank is the band that wraps around her finger and the Head is the center stone/halo.
Obviously we create custom engagement rings that are nicely elevated off the finger, but we always make sure to ask our clients what your girlfriend does for a living in order to ensure that her ring will fit with her lifestyle and comfort levels.
Custom Ring Benefit #2: Comfort Fit Shank
Comfort fit rings have slightly curved edges on the inside of the ring, resulting in a very comfortable fit. It’s much more comfortable to wear once it’s on. Standard rings have a straight interior, and do not have the extra slight dome of metal provided by a comfort fit engagement ring.
Creating this effect is an extra step in the finishing process that most mass-manufacturing facilities don’t allot for because it’s not a necessary feature of a ring. But with a custom ring, more steps can be taken to ensure that the ring is finely crafted to perfection.
Custom Ring Benefit #3: Prong Shape Options
With a custom ring, anything is possible. This includes the shape of the prongs holding in your center stone. The international standard is round prongs, as shown below.
Although this is perfectly fine and commonly requested, a custom design offers alternative options to consider for making the prongs that hold your diamond unique and special. All of these are safe and practical options for the design of your ring.
One exception is when it comes to cushion cuts set in a solitaire setting (single band with 4 prongs). In this particular case, you definitely want to go with double claw prongs because the way a cushion cut diamond is shaped is like a pillow with rounded corners.
So if the cushion cut shifts in the setting with only 4 single prongs, it can fall out. All other diamond shapes are safe using any of these prong styles.
You may even see some rings that have small diamonds set on top of the four prongs holding in your center stone.
While it looks cool, I wouldn’t recommend this since these prongs are the only thing holding in your center stone and by drilling holes into them, it makes them structurally weaker. If she accidentally bangs her ring against something (which WILL happen), it could potentially cause a ring disaster.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t have diamonds crawling up the sides of the prongs since in this case, they are all held together by support bars like the ring shown below. In this case, the diamonds are not causing the prongs to be weaker because the part that is holding the diamond in is solid metal.
Custom Ring Benefit #4: Center Stone Low to the Halo
This only applies to rings that have a diamond halo around the center stone. Often you’ll see the center diamond elevated higher than the halo.
This results in a gap between them, which means that it’s not a seamless effect of sparkle on the finger. Your eye is automatically drawn to seeing the gap.
I always make sure to set the center stone as low as possible to the halo in order to make the diamonds look as though they’re right next to each other.
Some places might say that more space under a diamond allows more light under it, thereby increasing the brilliance, but the halo doesn’t wrap underneath the diamond so there will always be light that comes in.
Plus, the halo acts as protection around the center diamond, which is helpful in case it gets banged. This makes you less likely to chip the diamond. (Yes, a diamond can chip) The higher the diamond is from the halo, the less protected it is and the more likely the center stone will get knocked around rather than the protective halo.
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