A more cost-effective plan can be to combine different elements of existing styles into an original and personal design. Everyone wants their ring to be unique and different. However, in reality, an engagement ring should be timeless and classic. Get creative with the details but there’s no need to reinvent the wheel.
Review the different options, and start imagining how you might mix and match different elements to achieve your desired look. Pay close attention to the center stone’s setting. Do you want to go with a prong-set design, halo, an unadorned bezel, or a combo of all three? The metal color, number, and style of prongs can be adjusted. You can have multiple halos, or detail the undercarriage of the ring’s head with filigree or micropavé. Another option is a surprise diamond “hidden” somewhere on the design. Many brides incorporate a stone or stones they already have into a design.
The band can also take many forms. Choose from thick and wide or super slim and elegant. Other options include tapered, knife-edged, shiny, brushed, engraved with an inscription, or detailed with channel-set, invisibly-set, bead-set, or gypsy-set. Some couples add diamonds and/or colored stones.
The possibilities for customization are plentiful and don’t have to come at a premium.