Custom Engagement Rings

How is VNJ Different from Other Jewelry Stores for Custom Engagement Rings?

1. The Making of the Ring™ DVD service is available with every engagement ring, which documents the entire design process of creating her custom, one-of-a-kind engagement ring up close. Each man is interviewed about what they love about their future fiancé and what they’re looking forward to in their marriage. This voiceover is then layered on top of the footage showcasing her one-of-a-king ring being made exclusively for her.

2. Vanessa is an international diamond setting consultant who teaches other jewelers and jewelry experts around the world how to create custom engagement rings. She apprenticed with a 3rd generation Russian master jeweler to become an expert diamond setter specializing in micro pavé. With millions of Youtube views, Vanessa guides future brides & grooms on the best ways to design their unique ring.

3. You get to work one-on-one with the person who will be making your ring rather than buying a pre-made ring from a salesperson, jewelry consultant or getting passed off to a design team. It allows for her custom engagement ring to be significantly more meaningful and will show you put extra thought into making it special for her. (Bonus points for you!)  By working with Vanessa who is the owner of the company, you can also be sure that reputation is highly valued, therefore it brings high accountability to make sure you have an AMAZING experience.

“She said it is exactly what she wanted”

Client Review:  "I just wanted to let you know that Rachel loves the ring! She said it is exactly what she wanted (and it fits too!). Thank you so much for making the perfect ring, and being so helpful and responsive to my ideas. If any of my friends are looking for a place to have a ring made in the future I will send them your way. Sincerely, Theo M."

Meet Vanessa, Custom Ring Jeweler, Master Diamond Setter

I’m Vanessa Nicole and I help clients create the perfect engagement ring of their dreams.

My specialty is micro pavé, which is a highly specialized diamond setting skill that is performed under a microscope. It is a very popular design element for custom engagement rings.

I’ve heard so many horror stories from women who have purchased their ring setting online, from a big box store, or a mall jeweler only to find that the craftsmanship is poor quality. Most engagement rings are made on an assembly line overseas, creating the ring from a mold with the metal being as thin as possible. This keeps the cost low, but you have to continually visit the store again and again for repairs.

Why not invest a bit more upfront to make it right the first time? Personally, I would hate for anything to go wrong with my own engagement ring because there is SO much sentiment behind it. I’m sure you feel the same way.

If you decide to go the route of designing your own engagement ring, I can help you through the entire process, from inspiration and design ideas, creating real time renderings, to the finished piece. You don't have to be a jewelry expert. I've help hundreds of clients create unique rings to commemorate their love story, with 100% satisfaction. 

No matter where you ultimately choose to invest in your custom rings setting, enjoy the process and take lots of pictures! Let me know if you need any guidance – I’m happy to help.


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“Vanessa has mastered her craft”

Client Review:  "Vanessa Nicole Jewels Vanessa was a pleasure to work with from start to finish and her work is amazing. My ring is just stunning! I feel like she had a better understanding of what I wanted than I did. Vanessa has mastered her craft, I’m so glad my fiancé came across her website. I can’t wait to design our wedding bands! "

~Keith & Alyssa C.

Things To Consider During The Design Process

Step 1: Selecting the Material for Your Setting

Settings can be made from gold or platinum, depending on the hardness and color of the metal you desire. Gold settings offer more variety in color: white gold, yellow gold and rose gold. Yellow gold is a popular choice because it is flattering on many skin types. White gold and platinum are also a good choice for complementing the whiteness of the center diamond.

What is the difference between white gold and platinum?

Platinum is softer so it can bend easier, but it doesn't have to be rhodium plated like white gold. It is also more expensive than gold because it is a rarer metal and takes more effort to extract from the ground. 

white gold wedding bands

White Gold

Yellow gold band

Yellow Gold

platinum diamond ring


Step 2: Select the Center Stone Diamond Shape

Diamonds come in many shapes and sizes including cushion cut, round, princess, oval, emerald, pear, marquise, and radiant. The term "cut" refers to the shape the diamond has been cut into. Read our complete guide with videos on the different diamond cuts or shapes for an engagement ring center stone.

Round Brilliant Cut

The round brilliant cut is the most popular choice for an engagement ring. It is also the most versatile, as it can be set in a variety of styles, including a diamond halo, and looks great with any type of wedding band.

Cushion Cut

If you’re looking for a vintage-inspired ring or something that will stand out from the rest, then a cushion cut diamond may be the perfect choice for you. This shape has been around for over 100 years and was once the most popular diamond shape before being replaced by the round brilliant cut.

Emerald Cut

The emerald cut is a classic rectangular shape with flared corners and is known for its elegant and sophisticated look. This diamond cut can be traced back to the Art Deco period when it was first introduced.

Oval Cut

The oval cut diamond is a beautiful alternative to the traditional round brilliant, and has become increasingly popular in recent years. This elongated shape can make your finger appear longer and slender, and is a great choice if you’re looking for something a little different.

Princess Cut

The princess cut is the second most popular diamond shape for engagement rings, after the round brilliant. It is a square or rectangular shape with pointed corners, and its popularity

Step 3: Selecting the Style of Your Setting

Oval Cut Diamond Solitaire Ring - Vanessa Nicole



Oval Cut Diamond Three Stone Ring - Vanessa Nicole

Three Stone

Decorative Elements And Personalization Ideas To Consider


Milgrain is a jewelry design technique that features a row of small beads around the edge of the band. The beads are usually made of metal, and they are typically spaced evenly around the circumference of the ring. Milgrain settings add a touch of elegance and vintage flair. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, milgrain settings can also help to protect the stones in a ring from damage. The beads help to deflect impact away from the stones, and they also help to keep the stones securely in place. As a result, these settings are an excellent choice for rings that will be worn on a daily basis.


Engraving a message inside the band of your ring is a great way to add a personal touch. Not only will it be a constant reminder of your love for each other, but it will also serve as a unique identifier if your ring is ever lost or stolen. When choosing what to engrave, keep it simple and concise. A date or initials are always popular choices, but you can also choose something that reflects your shared interests or inside jokes. 

Hidden Gemstones Set Inside The Ring

Most people know their birthstone - the gemstone that is traditionally associated with the month in which they were born. But did you know that there can also be hidden gemstones inside your wedding ring? This stone is called a fidelity stone, and it is said to represent the strength of your marriage bond. The fidelity stone is typically a diamond, as diamonds are known for their unyielding hardness. However, any gemstone can be used as a fidelity stone, so long as it is special to you and your spouse. Whether you choose a diamond, sapphire, emerald, or ruby, hidden gemstones inside your wedding ring will serve as a reminder of your love and commitment.

platinum engagement ring with milgrain setting


white gold custom engagement ring with engraving


Hidden Birthstone Set Inside The Ring

“I sincerely could not be happier!”

Client Review:  "I think Vanessa is an angel from above! She and my fiancé designed my engagement ring, and I sincerely could not be happier. My ring is perfectly me; I could not have done any better. Vanessa is so sweet and completely empathetic towards budget. The quality is there ten fold. I would recommend her to anyone! I was blessed to meet her when I got the ring re-sized. She is super helpful, knowledgeable, and a joy to encounter."

~Alicia Rasmussen

What Size Diamond Should You Choose For Your Center Stone???

When it comes to picking the perfect diamond size, it is important to keep in mind that the size of the diamond is not the only factor that determines its quality. The cut, color, clarity, and carat weight are all important factors to consider. That being said, clients often wonder what a particular size and shape will look like.

Below is an example of the type of diamond video we create for clients showing gorgeous diamond options for them to consider for their custom engagement ring.

There are tricks to making that center stone diamond look larger. Incorporating a diamond halo style into your setting does exactly that.

Diamond Halo

You’ll see that a diamond with a halo covers the finger with a lot of bling! Because halos are a great style element that allow you to get more sparkle for less money invested in the center diamond. A halo setting is a type of ring setting that features a central diamond surrounded by smaller accent diamonds. The result is a sparkling, eye-catching ring that is sure to stand out from the crowd. 

Platinum double halo cushion cut engagement ring

Cushion Cut Halo

White gold halo oval cut engagement ring

Oval Cut Halo

Platinum halo round brilliant engagement ring

Round Cut Halo

Example of a Making of the Ring™ DVD for your engagement ring.

Worried If She'll Like It?

Some clients are apprehensive about having custom rings created rather than simply purchasing a pre-made ring because they fear it won’t look like what they want. We have a solution for that!

For all custom rings, a CAD model is created on the computer which shows every angle of your ring before it is actually created in metal. If necessary, you can make any adjustments to your ring’s CAD model until you approve of the final design. We’ve never had a ring returned, so that’s pretty good odds that you’ll love your personalized engagement ring.

When you purchase a pre-made ring at a traditional jewelry store, tens of thousands of the exact same ring are being worn by other women. There is certainly value in overseas manufacturing, but not when it comes to engagement rings.

At Vanessa Nicole Jewels, we don’t carry an inventory of rings that were made months or years ago. Each ring is created one at a time, just for you.

Watch Christine Receive Her Custom Engagement Ring:


70% of our engagement rings are created for clients who don’t live in San Diego where our studio is located. 

There are many options when it comes to the design of your ring; we can do pretty much anything you desire! You’ll see a lot of designs to choose from, and we would be delighted to discuss creating your own engagement ring of your DREAMS.

Let us help you design the perfect beginning to your love story.

Designing your own engagement ring is an excellent decision!

Contact Vanessa To Request A Consultation


Is it cheaper to custom-make an engagement ring?

It depends, but the short answer is YES, it can be!  Creating a custom engagement ring can cost you less money than purchasing a comparable ring from a retail store. How is that possible? When working with a custom jeweler like Vanessa, you avoid huge retail markups to account for high rents, stocking inventory and high sales commissions. You only pay for what you want and you are ensured the best quality.

How much does it cost to have a custom-made ring?

The cost of a custom-made ring will depend on the materials used and the complexity of design. The cost of the center stone diamond will greatly affect the price. On average, clients tend to invest at least $10,000 for a custom-made engagement ring.

How long does it take to have a custom engagement ring made?

The entire process, from design to delivery, typically takes about 6 weeks, sometimes sooner depending on the complexity of the piece. Contact us so we can best coordinate with your timeline. 

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