The decision to propose comes with many (scary) choices, including choosing a ring she will wear forever. Luckily, we LOVE custom engagement rings. Sydney designer, Fairina Cheng, goes through three simple steps to designing a ring that’s unique, thoughtful and deeply meaningful.
Step 1: Identify your story
Whether you’re Sydney-siders who met on Bondi beach or exchanged glances on cobblestone streets halfway around the world, you have a story. Let’s find out what it is.
Write down your answers to these questions (or better yet, click here to answer them online).
- How did you meet?
- If she was going to a desert island and could only bring one sentimental item with her, what would it be and why?
- What causes and passions does she hold closest to her heart?
- If she could be anywhere in the world, where would she be and why?
- Name the 3 most significant experiences you’ve shared as a couple.
Look at your responses and highlight your favourite moments. These are the stories you may want to craft into her bespoke engagement ring.
Step 2: Identify her style
Think of how she dresses, her hobbies and her lifestyle.
Make a list of the top 5 adjectives that describe her. Start with a brain dump, then narrow them to those that speak directly to the heart of who she is.
These words will help determine what her dream engagement ring might look like – whether it’s boho or minimalist, rustic or geometric, statement or low-profile.
Want personalised advice? Enter your responses here and I’ll get back to you with a personalised engagement ring idea within 48 hours!
Step 3: Brief your designer
By this stage, you may have a vague idea of what your custom ring could like. It’s time to bring in the experts.
Send your insights from Step 1 and Step 2 to your jeweller and let them work their magic.
Here’s a template you can use:
“I’m looking for a custom engagement ring for my girlfriend, Jenny. We met in Sydney in a crowded bar and bonded over our love of craft beers and rock climbing. She doesn’t go anywhere without her dog, Buddy, and is passionate about the environment. If she could be anywhere in the world, she would be on the beach with her closest friends and family. Our favourite memories together are roadtripping around Australia, buying a home together and adopting Buddy.
Jenny is a primary school teacher who is independent, creative, thoughtful and doesn’t wear much jewellery. I’d love to create an incredibly special engagement ring for her that incorporates our story as a couple. What is the process to get started?”
If you haven’t already, pop your responses into this form and I’ll help you get crystal clear on what your girlfriend’s perfect ring looks like.
As a jewellery designer, I specialise in deeply personal engagement rings that tell a story. What makes these pieces even more special is the immersive customer experience, including frequent updates, photos and, in some cases, a behind-the-scenes video of your handcrafted ring coming to life (limited spots available).
Need some help?
I work from a Sydney studio to create customised engagement rings for couples all over Australia and the world. Design sessions are held over the phone, at a local cafe in Zetland or in the heart of the Sydney CBD.