The hardest part about picking an engagement ring is finding the perfect style. Often, you will find a style of ring that you love, only to realize that there are one or two things you would like to change. Perhaps you would like to add diamonds on the band, or there are too many diamonds. Or maybe it needs a splash of color by adding a gemstone that you adore. Either way, you wish it could incorporate elements from another engagement ring you have seen. Luckily, there’s a solution: custom design.

When most people hear “custom design,” they assume that it means designing a ring from scratch. Working with a designer to create a completely unique engagement ring is definitely an option, but it’s not the only choice. You can also alter designs, add stones, and make tiny changes to designs that already exist. When you work with a custom jewelry designer, the designs can be tailored to meet your specific requirements—whatever they may be. Whether you’ve considered custom designs in the past or are thinking about it for the future, this list of unique customizations is sure to provide inspiration.

1. Add Diamonds

Whether you want more sparkle or simply want more diamonds, one of the most common ways to alter an engagement ring is by adding additional bling. There are a lot of different reasons for wanting to add extra diamonds, and some of them include: creating a halo around a center stone, changing to a three stone setting, and adding sparkle to a plain band. Often, strategically placed diamonds can enhance the look of the center diamond, especially if you want to make it look bigger. Also, if you fall in love in with a single stone design but would like to add additional sparkle, increasing the number of diamonds on your engagement ring is the best way to do that without settling for a completely different design. Regardless of your vision, adding diamonds is often a simple way to create the engagement ring of your dreams.

2. Remove Diamonds

Some people want to add diamonds and other people want to remove them. Once again, there are countless reasons to remove stones from a ring. Sometimes there are too many diamonds on a band and it looks strange on a smaller finger. Other times, it’s a simple matter of taste and preference. Either way, it’s important to know that it’s an option when customizing your engagement ring.

3. Combine Two Styles

For most brides and grooms, the hardest part about choosing an engagement ring is narrowing down the options. There are so many beautiful designs that it can be hard to choose just one. Luckily, there’s an easy solution: combining multiple styles. If you fall in love with a traditional style engagement ring but also love a modern design, the best thing to do is to combine the two. When you sit down with a custom designer and explain what you love about each ring, he will be able to create a design that incorporates elements from both. It’s the ultimate win-win. 

4. Switch the Stone

A lot of women love the traditional look of a diamond engagement ring, but some women prefer a different stone. Whether you already own a stone you want to use or you simply want a splash of color, switching the gemstone on an engagement ring is a great way to create a unique engagement ring.

5. Metal Choices and Styles

Color does not end with your stone choices - it also applies to the gold choices available for engagement rings. Combine two metals, white and rose gold, or yellow and white gold - the choice is yours! Customizing your engagement ring today is more fun than ever before.