Designing an engagement ring: Where the @#$% do I start!

Designing an engagement ring: Where the @#$% do I start!
August 20, 2017 Fairina Cheng

So you’ve decided to buy an engagement ring and propose. But when it comes to next steps, there seem to be too many to count!

You could go into a local chain store and check out stock standard rings while a salesperson recites their spiel.

You could go online and trawl through search filters and diagrams that map out the carat, cut, clarity and colour of a selection of diamonds (that all, in truth, look exactly the same to you).

But what do you do when the traditional diamond ring is not what tells her story?

Not every girl is looking to flaunt a generic, traditional, off-the-shelf engagement ring.

Here’s how you can break the rules and create something that was designed by you, for no one else but her.

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Step 1: Identify your story

Write down your answers to these questions. Or better yet, click here to answer them online!

  1. How did you meet?
  2. If she was going to live on a desert island and could only bring one sentimental item with her, what would it be and why?
  3. What causes and passions does she hold closest to her heart?
  4. If she could be anywhere in the world right now, where would she be and why?
  5. Name the 3 most significant and exciting 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 engagement ring.

How to identify your story when designing the perfect custom 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 ring might look like – whether it’s traditional or modern, 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!

How to identify her style when designing the perfect engagement ring

Step 3: Brief your designer

At this stage, you may have a vague idea of what your ring could like. This is the time to bring in the experts.

Send your insights from Step 1 and Step 2 to your jeweller and let them work their magic.

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 myself, I take an unconventional approach. 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).

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Answer these questions to find your story!

Take a moment to answer the short questions in the form below and I’ll make sure you have an idea in your inbox within 48 hours.

I work with couples all over the world to create infinitely personal engagement rings for rule breakers and story makers. If you have any questions, hit me up at

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Need some help?

Email me or book in for a free consult where we’ll discuss how to create an engagement ring that gets you that “yes”!

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