You’ll be wearing it every day for the
rest of your life, so it’s got to be perfect.
Getting the ideal engagement
ring is no longer
a matter of hoping, wishing, or dropping gargantuan
sized hints. Just create it yourself!
worry; you don’t have to smelt or mine
to create your own engagement ring. Many
of the top jewelers offer simple “design
your own engagement ring” features
on their websites. If you can point and click
with your handy little mouse, then you can
design your own engagement ring.
xoxop3.com is an excellent
example of how these easy (and fun!) features
work. With this site, you start out by choosing
your setting. You can opt for the traditional
solitaire or browse the unique tulip collection.
Each of the six setting categories contains
numerous rings to choose from.
off the bat you’ll
see that these sites are upfront about cost.
The price of each piece, which varies depending
on the metal you select, is clearly listed. A
running tally of the total cost is displayed
at the top of the page so you can make sure you’re
staying in budget.
it’s on to the
gems. xoxop3.com lets you narrow down your
options by shape, price, and/or carat.
Knowing a bit about how diamonds are
classified and graded will be an enormous
help during this phase of the designing
process. For the ultimate in personalization,
educate yourself about terms such as clarity,
polish, symmetry, and girdle.
To thine own self
be true, Shakespeare tells us, and that sage
advice certainly applies to creating your
engagement ring. The main benefit of designing
your own ring is that the finished product
will perfectly suit your personal tastes
it comes to diamonds, no one exactly
wants to think practical, but it’s a good idea to
keep your typical day in mind when you’re
creating your ring. For example, if you work
with your hands, a ring with a high setting
or delicate design could get damaged.
consider the jewelry and accessories
you already own. Do you find yourself
wearing mostly yellow gold or silver?
Is your wardrobe simple and classic or
do you gravitate towards the dramatic
and elaborate? The full color images of each
ring, including multiple angles, offered
by sites such as xoxop3.com help you get
a feel for the style and silhouette of the
hundreds of settings combined with tens
of thousands of diamonds, the engagement
ring you create will truly be one of a kind.
Now when Mr. Wonderful gets down on one knee,
you’ll already know what’s
in that little velvet box. And you won’t
have to ponder whether “yes to you, no
to the ring” is an acceptable answer
to the Big Question.