How We Create A Custom Engagement Ring With You


Our clients say the #1 thing they need when creating a custom diamond ring is guidance by someone they can trust. You don't want to overpay, and you want to know it will look perfect.

Vanessa understands exactly what you want from this experience and always delivers. Fast & easy email communication is really important. By reading reviews from our past clients, you'll know that she follows up to your emails quite quickly.


  • First, Vanessa simply listens to what you really want in your custom diamond ring. You'll never be pushed in any specific direction.
  • After understanding everything you want in a ring, we'll collaborate on the best options.
  • You'll get Vanessa's honest truth when it comes to balancing your ideal diamond size & budget. We never want anyone to invest more than they're comfortable with, so we have an open conversation about this in order to provide an amazing diamond within your ideal price point.
  • Vanessa will be by your side every step of the way to answer any questions you may have. You can see from our reviews that friendly & positive service is an important component of this FUN experience.


1. Get In Touch With The Studio

This is the first step towards creating the most beautiful ring you’ll ever see. Fill out the message form on our CONTACT page. Our custom rings start at $10,000 (including the main diamond & custom ring setting). If you already have an heirloom center stone, we can create a custom setting for it.

Vanessa Nicole, Master Diamond Setter and author of the #1 bestselling book ‘The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring,’ will personally work with you one-on-one throughout your entire ring experience.

(***If you’re outside of San Diego, visit this page specifically for you: CLICK HERE)

2. Fill Out The Discovery Questionnaire

After filling out the initial Contact form, we’ll send you a Questionnaire via email to get a better sense of what you’re looking to create.

Our clients come to us either knowing nothing about rings or they’ve searched the internet for months.

Whatever step you’re at, we’re happy to help answer all your questions.

Select Your Setting

3. Together, We’ll Design Your Custom Ring

We'll start out by showing you design ideas for inspiration based on your desired center stone shape. Then we'll customize it to be one-of-a-kind, exclusively for you.

Or, you may already have a specific design in mind, and want us to re-create it custom to personalize it. Either way works!

Select Your Antique Engagement Ring Cut for Settings

4. Select Your Diamond

YOU get to personally select the diamond she’ll wear on her finger for the rest of her life. We don’t stock diamond inventory because we prefer to not feel pressured to only sell what we own. We know exactly where to go to get the best value based on the particular stone shape you want. Some of our diamond sources specialize in Cushions, others specialize in Rounds, etc. We know where to go to get the best diamond value for your budget. Vanessa visits multiple diamond dealers to view dozens of diamonds in order to create a gorgeous selection of 3 stones for you to choose from. (If you’re out-of-town, we do your Diamond Selection in HD video – we’ve NEVER had a client dissatisfied with their choice)

5. CAD Model (Computer Rendering)

Once we’ve discussed the design and you’ve chosen the center stone, your ring will be modeled on the computer to fit the exact measurements of your diamond. You’ll be sent a computer rendering via email to approve. This will allow you to see your ring from all angles before it’s actually created in precious metal.

At this point, you can make any adjustments to the ring or, if it’s perfect, you can simply say, “Green Light!” for it to move on to the next step.

Your Bride Will Be So Happy Like Our Client, Hanna

6. Your Gorgeous Engagement Ring Is Complete!

The ring creation process takes between 4-6 weeks from when you select your Diamond, and you’ll receive weekly updates on your ring’s progress. (Let us know if you need to RUSH your order.) It will be expertly crafted using our proprietary diamond setting technique, which maximizes the brilliance of each diamond – this is why our clients say their ring sparkles more than their friends’ rings.

Once it’s finished, you may either pick up your ring at the studio if you’re in San Diego, or we can ship it complimentary fully insured via FedEx to your home or office. If necessary, it can be resized within 1 year after the proposal at no extra charge.

Vanessa Nicole Jewels promise

“Working with Vanessa changed my whole engagement ring experience”

Joe & Suzie - Vanessa Nicole Jewels - Happy Client

I spent months looking for the perfect engagement ring. I went to a number of jewelers, and simply wasn’t having a good experience. I felt these old men were just trying to sell me something – anything. Working with Vanessa changed my whole engagement experience. I cannot say enough about her and her work! Very professional, but yet extremely laid back. Her customer service is TOP NOTCH. 

At first, I was intimidated at the thought of designing my own engagement ring. But looking back, I can’t imagine it any other way. What better way to say I love you than thinking deep-down and coming up with a ring design that is one-of-a-kind, just for her? The process was very transparent and there were no surprises. Vanessa was upfront and honest about everything, including pricing. We were in constant communication and I knew exactly what was going on the entire time. I could not be happier with the finished product; excellent quality and truly amazing!! My fiancé receives constant compliments and doesn’t hesitate to tell the story of how the ring is just for her. I highly recommend Vanessa Nicole Jewels to create your engagement ring.

~Joe & Suzie Nawikas

10 Reasons To Become Our Client For Engagement Rings

1) More than 80% of our clients are out of town who don’t see their diamond in person beforehand, so we are awesome at helping you choose one!

2) You get to work with an engagement ring expert! Vanessa Nicole is author of the bestseller, The Perfect Custom Engagement Ring, which is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

3) Vanessa has received over one million organic views on Youtube for her educational ring videos, which other jewelers worldwide learn from.

4) We respond quickly to your emails – Nearly every client comments on this and we take pride in effective communication.

5) If you choose to order the Making Of The Ring™ DVD, it’s something she will watch over and over (We hear from our brides all the time how they’ve watched 30+ viewings!)

6) Vanessa Nicole is a master diamond setter who has also created custom engagement rings for other jewelry stores. Our clients get the chance to work DIRECTLY with the jeweler for their engagement ring rather than passed off to a salesperson.

7) Your ring will be custom created exclusively for you in our San Diego studio. No other woman will have the exact same ring.

8) We take the fear out of the engagement ring process. There are too many horror stories out there and you DEFINITELY don’t want to be one of them.

9) Many of our clients have been referred by one of their friends who have also had an amazing experience with Vanessa Nicole Jewels. We have awesome RAVING FANS!!

10) We make the process of creating engagement rings easy, stress-free, and without any of the high pressure you might find at other jewelry stores.

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