Designing the Perfect Ring

Yes, you can get the ring of your dreams. Here’s how.

By Lannan M. O’Brien

You’ll wear your engagement and wedding rings forever, so shouldn’t they be exactly what you want? The best option might be designing your own, one-of-a-kind custom rings—a service that Rhode Island-based Baxter’s Fine Jewelry has perfected. We got the details on their custom work and tips on designing your own jewelry from store manager Joe Nigrelli.

What are some of the benefits of designing custom engagement and/or wedding rings?
Whatever a customer can think of or dream of, even if it’s something they thought was impossible to do—if you have a picture or a thought, we can bring that to life.

What should customers know about the process of designing a ring?
We start with a picture or an idea, and we can sketch it. [The customer] may have an heirloom diamond they want to use, or can choose from our diamonds. They come in a few days later to see a 3-D rendering of the ring made with our 3-D printers—so there’s absolutely no fear at all in designing your ring. If you want to make any changes at that point, we can make them. When you come to pick up the ring, you’re not only getting a certified diamond,we also back it up with a lifetime warrantee.

How can you guide customers who are unsure of the setting, stone, cut, etc. to fit their significant other’s style?
Most gentlemen who come in [alone], I’d guarantee their girlfriends have a Pinterest, Instagram, etc. with ideas of what they want. Don’t lose the pictures! But the days of flying solo are gone—I’d recommend coming in with her. Then you can see the excitement in her eyes when you find the exact ring she’s been dreaming of. Let the surprise be the moment you give it to her.

What are a few factors to consider when choosing a jeweler for custom work?
Read the online reviews, or ask someone who had custom work done about their experiences. And when you go into a store looking for custom [jewelry], ask the store how much of it is made on premises (100 percent of Baxter’s custom jewelry is manufactured on premises).

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