Heirloom, Custom, or Ready-Made Engagement Rings?

Choosing an engagement ring is no small task. This is a piece of jewellery that you are going to wear for the rest of your life. Making your choice for the wrong reasons may cause you to fall out of love with your ring, which is never ideal. Taking aside the massive variety of styles, cuts, and settings, there are three primary types of engagement rings to choose from: heirloom, custom, and ready-made.

It is impossible to compare each type because they each offer benefits. Ultimately, the decision will come down to the ring that catches your eye (and heart). With that said, it helps to know a bit about each type so that you can make your decision more easily.

Choosing an Engagement Ring That’s Right for You

Here are the three engagement ring types that you will most likely end up choosing between when looking at rings.


Your husband-to-be may have an inherited ring that has been in his family for generations. Your late mother may have had a ring that you have loved since you were a child. This type of ring often has great sentimental value. That does not mean that it cannot be altered if needed. In some cases, you may need to have the ring resized. In other cases, the stones may be loose or you may want to change the stones to ones you prefer.


Custom rings are unique to your specific preferences. This is a great idea if you know what you want. You can work with a jeweller to design your dream ring. Starting from the overall structure of the ring to the setting, the stones, and any other details, this ring can be created from scratch. Needless to say, these rings are not an option for surprise proposals unless your partner knows exactly what you will love. You can, however, visit the jeweller together and even get some input from your partner if you need ideas.


Finally, there are ready-made rings. These rings are not simply made in bulk and sold as they are in commercial jewellery stores. Instead, they are rings with a pre-defined style. For example, they may include solitaire rings in a choice of metals. They could include three stone rings, split band rings, princess cut rings, pave halo rings, or any other type of ring that is not custom-made.

Looking through a ring collection is the best way to get an idea of the many different ring styles to be found. You could even find one that you love and then decide to make a few changes. You could customise a ready-made design by changing the stone, for example. You could use a classic design for inspiration, helping you plan your custom ring.

None of these types is better than the other. At the end of the day, the right ring will be one that you love at first sight. Taking some time to think about what you want will help greatly. When you’re ready to start the search for your dream ring, we are here to help. Get in touch with Cape Diamonds to get started now.