• How to Come Prepared for Your First Custom Engagement Ring Design Meeting

June 22, 2016

There was a time when selecting an engagement ring right from the plush pillow inside the glass of a jewelry showroom was the typical norm. But now, customizing an engagement ring has become a popular trend. It’s the perfect way to acquire the dream ring – one that truly reflects the values and interests of the relationship. The process of designing an engagement ring starts by scheduling an appointment with me at my studio, L. Priori Jewelry in Philadelphia. Most of my clients have shopped around and have an idea for what kind of ring they’d like, but aren’t sure how to approach the first initial meeting. That’s okay – as the expert, I’m here to guide you every step of the way. Here are five steps you can take to be prepared for your custom engagement ring consultation.  


1.      Perform a Bit of Preliminary Research

A genuinely unique custom engagement ring design is one that will garner much attention. I love it when clients come to me to assist them with designing their ring! However, it is important for you as the buyer to have a feel for what styles you (or your loved one) prefer. By performing some preliminary research, you’ll be able to get in touch with his or her personal style on a deeper level and discover what precious metals and diamond stones are favorited. The more details you bring to the meeting, the clearer the custom ring design will be.



2.      Create a vision

photo by Paperly Studio

photo by Paperly Studio

Your custom engagement ring should accurately depict your style the strong bond you share as a couple. With that being said, distinction is key.  Take time to create a Pinterest board or DOG-EAR magazine pages with rings you adore. Formulate a vision of your dream engagement ring – if you can. Specifics or not, I’ll make sure the design takes off from there.


3.      Determine Your Budget

Consider your budget. When you have an idea of how much you would like to invest in a diamond, we have a great starting point for how to balance the 4Cs of your diamond.  I know your time is valuable, so I want to show you a curated selection of stones that fit both your vision and your budget. 


4.  Know You are in Good Hands

Don’t ever feel stressed about designing your ring because you “aren’t a designer”. I’m here to guide you along this entire journey. The design process will entail many fun steps along the way, and I’ll be helping out with every detail.


4.      Give it Time

Before we meet, keep in mind that designing a custom ring requires planning. Getting ready to pop the question is exciting and life-changing, so I understand the eagerness in acquiring your dream ring. I am so happy and proud to play a part in that special moment when it comes to my clients; there’s no better feeling in the world than when the answer is “yes”! The typical timeframe for the engagement ring design process at L. Priori Jewelry is two months, but we do provide accommodations.

photo by Paperly Studio

photo by Paperly Studio


When you opt to get a custom engagement ring, it is sure to be unlike any other. Book an appointment with me for high-quality engagement ring design by calling 856-889-1976 or email me at lauren@lpriorijewelry.com.



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