How to Design Your Own Engagement Ring

Designing your own engagement ring is exciting and fun. Another benefit is that it allows you to get the ring you have always wanted. Traditionally, rings were a surprise given during proposals. Although proposals are absolutely a huge part of the engagement, the ring itself does not have to be designed without your input. Today’s brides have far more say on the type of ring they want. This makes a lot of sense on many levels. Being in a position where you have had the most romantic proposal in the world, only to find that you do not love your ring is never ideal. If your significant other knows your style very well, the risk of this happening is smaller. Another reason to plan your ring is that you can make it truly yours – a style that is unlike all the usual styles out there. The simplest way to get your dream ring is to design it yourself with the help of an experienced engagement ring designer.

Designing Your Own Engagement Ring

Not too long ago, we shared some tips on what to do before planning your own ring. Today, we’re sharing some guidelines on how to design your engagement ring once you’re prepared to get started. Here are some of the top things you’ll need to consider.

The Metal

Metals for bands and settings include yellow gold (a timeless choice), rose gold (a feminine, popular choice), white gold (simple and elegant), and platinum (shiny and strong). All of these metals are beautiful in their own way. This can make it challenging to know which is best. A good tip is to consider your other jewellery. Which metals do you prefer on earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or other rings? Will you wear the ring with similar metal rings on other fingers or do you want to mix metals for something more modern?

The Stones

Diamonds are a natural choice for this type of ring, and for good reason. With a rating of 10 on the Mohs hardness scale, no other material is as strong as diamond. These stones will last forever. That doesn’t mean that they are the only stone to consider, however. You may have always loved emeralds. You may be drawn to stones such as morganite or aquamarine. You may want to add a stone with meaning, such as your birthstone. Think carefully about the colours and stones you like and consider whether they can be worn with other jewellery or with clothing or other items that may clash or work together. Remember, you are going to wear this ring all day, every day, so you want it to be a colour that works with your style. Another thing to consider is the hardness rating. Stones of 7-10 are ideal, while those at 6 or 6.5 can work, provided you take extra care to avoid damage.

The Style

Now for the fun part – the style itself. There are many, many styles out there. So many, in fact, that our blog is full of inspiration on clas, modern, feminine, minimal, unique, and bold styles. The simplest way to choose a style is to decide whether you want to go for something conventional (princess, solitaire, oval, pave, or rectangular) or something more contemporary (asymmetrical, cluster, two-tone or geometric). You could also consider elements such as band shape, symbolism, profile, setting, colour combinations or any other factor that appeals to you in some way. This can be a little overwhelming. It helps to start thinking and finding ideas of styles you like before speaking to your jeweller.

Once you have done some thinking about the factors we’ve mentioned above, you can sit down and chat with your jeweller about what you want in your ring. He will also be able to give you suggestions on what is practical and what is not and offer expert advice on diamond carats, metals, and other factors that you’ll need to consider. If you’re looking for a trusted jeweller with a wealth of experience, Joel Graham is your best choice. As the hands (and heart) behind Cape Diamonds, Joel brings his unique talent and vision into every ring designed. Get in touch with us and let us help you design the engagement ring of your dreams.

Unusual and Enchanting Sunstone Engagement Rings

If you’re looking for an unusual stone for your engagement ring, sunstone is well worth considering. This stone takes its name from its warm colour range and its flickering, tiny patterns within the stone that give the illusion of sunshine. Colours range from the palest peach to deep, dark orange, with many falling somewhere in the middle. At 6.5, sunstone does not have the highest hardness rating on the Mohs scale. With that said, if you look after your ring and make sure that it doesn’t wear or scratch, you can keep this ring in excellent condition for a lifetime.

Wondering how sunstone looks in engagement rings? Keep reading to see some examples of these warm-hued stones in a variety of ring styles.

Get Inspired by These Sunstone Engagement Rings

Some of the loveliest sunstone engagement rings we’ve seen include the following:

Vintage Floral


Perfect for those who are looking for something feminine, pretty, and vintage-inspired, this ring has a petal design with a centre sunstone surrounded by a halo. The rose gold band adds even more romance to the ring. It would also work well with any other metal, however. A lighter-hued sunstone adds to the softness of the ring.

Turquoise Teardrop


For a unique, boho-style ring, this turquoise and sunstone ring is truly spectacular. The combination of peach-coloured sunstone and bright turquoise gives the ring a stunning contrast. Set against soft yellow gold, the result is a tiara ring that has a distinctive, slightly art deco look.

Minimal Solitaire


There is something about solitaire rings that will never date. Throughout the centuries, these rings have remained a classic choice for brides all over the world. The beauty in this ring lies in its simplicity. While diamonds are usually the stone of choice for solitaire rings, a sunstone adds a hint of colour, adding something a little more unusual to the overall design.

Double Twist


There is certainly nothing subtle about this ring. If you’re looking for a bold, statement ring that is completely unique, this one’s for you. Two oval, deep orange sunstones are set in a yellow gold band, with a twisted pave band twisting between the two stones. The result is a vibrant, warm ring that has maximum sparkle.

Side Stone


Asymmetrical rings are ideal for brides looking for something unconventional that is not over the top. The subtleness of this ring ensures that it is minimal and simple. The centre sunstone is flanked by tiny diamonds to one side. The balance makes this ring beautiful and feminine.

Princess Cut


Princess cut rings are another classic that will not be going out of fashion any time soon. This traditional design has a centre sunstone with a halo and pave diamonds that continue onto the band. Platinum is a great choice for this timeless ring, however, it would work equally well with rose gold or white gold.

Delicate Bezel


Delicate, fine, and oh-so-gorgeous, this bezel set ring features a textured gold band and a small centre sunstone. Although the texture of the band adds to its unusual design, a simple yellow gold, rose gold, white gold, or platinum band would have the same effect. Bezel cut rings are a good choice for softer stones like sunstone as they do not catch on fabrics and have less chance of stones loosening.

Three Stone


Finally, we have a gorgeous three stone ring. These rings are symbolic, romantic and full of meaning. Each stone represents your past, present and future. With the vibrant coral coloured sunstone in the centre representing your present and the baguette cut diamonds reflecting your past and future, this ring is a must for those looking for a romantic yet modern ring.

Whether you’re inspired by sunstone or you’re looking for a classic diamond, we will help you design your dream ring. Contact Cape Diamonds today to find out more about our iconic range of engagement rings.