Why a Custom Engagement Ring Isn't as Expensive as You'd Think

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Picking out the perfect engagement ring can be difficult. There are so many options to choose from and so many different ways to find your ideal sparkler with the help of social media. But, what do you do when you can't find the ring of your dreams? Get it custom-made, of course! It's easy, fun, and it's not as expensive as you would think. Read on for these three reasons why a custom-made ring is actually affordable and so worth it.
 1. You and your S.O. get to decide how much you're both willing to spend. 
Your budget will not only get you your perfect, one-of-a-kind bling, but it will give you creative control over the design of the special jewelry, and you will get to hand select your own diamond. 
2. A reputable designer or jeweler will hold your hand through the entire process. 
Besides having numerous years in the jewelry industry and countless credentials, he or she will provide expert guidance through the experience every step of the way. Understanding your personal style and budget is key. Beyond that, the jeweler should help you balance the 4 C's (cut, color, clarity, and carat) in accordance with your specific aesthetics, values, and priorities. 
3. A budget-friendly price.
Yes, really. Most jewelers who specialize in custom jewelry fine have much lower overhead and marketing fees than large retailers do. So, they can afford to take less of a markup on their product, which results in a significant savings. In most cases, that is passed directly onto you and your partner. So when you compare a custom-made ring with a store bought ring, you actually get much more for your money. If it's done right, not only will you get the sparkler of your dreams, but you also built a relationship with a jeweler who you can return to for wedding bands, anniversary gifts, push presents, and other sentimental life events that can be celebrated with extra special, totally-you jewelry. You are one-of-a-kind, shouldn't the ring you're going to wear forever be one-of-a-kind, too?
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