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What Are the Pros and Cons of Bespoke Engagement Rings?

By M. Walker
Updated Feb 23, 2024
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There are both pros and cons to choosing bespoke engagement rings. Some of the main advantages include unique design, a more negotiable price, and higher quality craftsmanship. The main disadvantages include higher starting price points, potential difficulty returning the bespoke jewelry, and increased time and planning. Bespoke engagement rings can work well for some couples who want a unique ring design, but others find the cost and ease of brand-name engagement rings more appealing.

Uniqueness is one of the main draws of bespoke engagement rings. Some people feel that the uniqueness of the ring’s design is representative of their relationship’s unique nature, or they might prefer to have a ring that no one else has. The customization of bespoke engagement rings also offers the opportunity to design them according to exact individual preferences.

When working closely with a bespoke jeweler, a higher quality of craftsmanship is generally ensured. Not only will the recipient witness the ring in various stages of its development, but he or she will also have a say in the quality of the metal or precious stones. This close relationship also allows the buyer more familiarity with the jeweler, providing more opportunities to negotiate price or provide input into the ring’s design.

The main disadvantage of bespoke engagement rings is their cost. Since they require a higher level of attention to detail, many jewelers will not want to custom create less expensive rings. Custom designs are usually only available from skilled and reputable jewelers, whereas traditional rings are available from a wide range of sources and in an even wider range of prices. Some individuals might want a simpler design, or they may not like engraving details that are frequently found with custom-made jewelry, and for them it might make sense to avoid bespoke rings.

It can often be more difficult to return bespoke engagement rings than traditional rings because individual jewelers might have stricter return policies than chain stores. If a couple thinks they will want to return the ring or opt for a different design or gemstone, they might be safer choosing a ring that has a more flexible return policy. The increased time required to custom create an engagement ring, including the design and crafting process, can also be a disadvantage for some couples who either don't have strong opinions or do not want to wait. Overall, weighing both the pros and cons can be beneficial for couples who are on the fence about whether or not they wish to purchase bespoke wedding rings.

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Discussion Comments
By DylanB — On Jan 13, 2013

I wanted a seashell engagement ring, but pretty ones are so hard to find. You'd be amazed at how many ugly seashell rings there are online!

So, it had to be a bespoke engagement ring. I had a vision for it in my mind, and only a talented jeweler could help me with this.

I wanted a few different types of tiny seashells set in the ring, along with a few small stones. I had drawn out in detail what I wanted, so the jeweler and I were on the same page.

It is a truly beautiful engagement ring. It was worth every penny.

By Perdido — On Jan 13, 2013

One big problem with designer engagement rings is that sometimes, you can't return them at all. My brother had a ring specially made for his fiancee, and not long before the wedding, she broke up with him. He was thousands of dollars in debt because of that ring.

By lighth0se33 — On Jan 13, 2013

@healthy4life – They are expensive, but it is true that you get what you pay for. If you only want to spend a few hundred, then you are going to be stuck with a standard engagement ring. If you want a truly unique engagement ring, then you are going to have to pay the price.

Some people save up for years for things like this. I personally think it's worth the investment. My fiancee got a loan in order to buy me a special ring, but it was so worth it.

By healthy4life — On Jan 12, 2013

Engagement ring designers charge so much that only the wealthy can afford their prices! I looked into getting a custom ring a few years ago, because I have seen some beautiful rings online that were custom designed for couples. However, once I got a price quote, I walked out of the store empty handed.

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