Whether you’re engaged, soon-to-be-engaged, or a few years away from even having the conversation, it’s never too early to start thinking about your engagement ring. In other words, now is the perfect time to start looking for the perfect ring. But after you’ve browsed through the different online catalogues, peeked inside the local stores, and seen the different options, there’s a chance that you won’t find the ring of your dreams. Luckily, this isn’t a reason to panic. It simply means that you are probably in the market for a custom engagement ring.

Custom engagement rings are made especially for you. They boast unique designs, never before seen patterns, and stunning gemstones. During the process, the couple meets with the designer to discuss options. Often, the initial conversation will involve looking at different designs together, with the ultimate goal of creating a beautiful design. Sometimes the bride or groom enters the discussion with a vision in mind and sometimes the designer leads the discussion and provides different options. Ultimately, a design decision is reached and the planning begins.  It’s a beautiful process that serves as a wonderful memory for years to come. In case you’re unsure what you would like your custom ring to look like, we’ve uncovered three of the most unique designs. Whether you use them as inspiration to design your own or make an exact replica, these designs will serve as a dose of inspiration.

1.  A Ring with a Bow

If a ring with a bow sounds like a horrible idea, you’re definitely not alone. Even though engagement rings and bows aren’t a typical pairing, the truth is that they make a perfect match. With a “bow shaped” engagement ring, the two sides of the band curve up towards the top of the band and tuck behind the center diamond. The result is a bow that wraps around either side of the diamond, creating the illusion of a perfectly wrapped present. The best thing about this design is that it’s unique and one-of-a-kind without being over the top. It’s the perfect ring for a traditional bride with a modern streak.

2.  Colorful Stones

There are a lot of brides who adore the classic engagement ring look of white gold with diamonds. However, there are some brides who crave a splash of color, and unfortunately, colorful engagement rings can be hard to find. Luckily, custom rings offer the perfect solution. Instead of having a plain band or a band studded with diamonds, opt for a custom design with colored gemstones. Whether it’s your favorite color, your birthstone, or a symbolic color that the two of you share, custom designs with colorful stones provide an effortless way to add a touch of color to your forever ring.

3.  Octagon Ring

Most engagement rings have one shape for the center stone: circular. Even though there are slight variations to this rule, the fact remains that most center stones are a similar shape. If you’re craving a more unique design, then custom engagement rings are the perfect answer. In fact, one of the most popular designs for custom rings is an octagon. A small diamond rests in each corner of the shape and the result is a spectacularly stunning diamond design. The best part about this shape is that it’s so unique and out-of-the-box that it will serve as a wonderful conversation starter for years to come.