Weddings

How to Create Your Own Wedding Band

Design a one-of-a-kind ring that you will cherish for a lifetime

By Yu Qing

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The wedding band is one of the most meaningful pieces of jewelry you will own; it symbolizes the commitment between you and your spouse. Instead of wearing an impersonal store-bought piece, design your own wedding band to honor the occasion. This is a costly project; plan wisely and work with a professional to avoid irreversible mistakes. The end result, however, is worth the effort. You'll have a wedding band that's perfect for you.

  • What You Need to Know
  • Magazines and catalogs help you find ideas to create your own wedding band.
  • Both yellow and white gold are more malleable than platinum and, thus, are less expensive.
  • Ask your jeweler if he or she can include a complimentary appraisal with your wedding band.
Do-It-Yourself Bands

Step 1:

Compile ideas for your wedding bands before you sit down to talk with your jeweler. Look for ideas in magazines and catalogs. Try on different styles at jewelry stores and antique shops to see what looks good on your hand. Save photographs and magazine clippings, and make note of what you like about each design.

Step 2:

Determine your budget. This will let you know if you have the means to add embellishments, such as diamonds, or use expensive metals. For a smaller budget, consider affordable options such as sterling silver or stainless steel bands. If cost isn't an issue for you, you can enjoy endless options when you create your own wedding band.

Step 3:

Set up an appointment with the jeweler. Working with a professional helps you avoid costly mistakes. What's more, jewelers have the expensive equipment that's necessary to create fine jewelry. Large jewelry design houses and local jewelers offer custom services. Book your appointment well in advance to ensure that your bands will be ready by the wedding day. The project can take anywhere from three months to a year to complete.

Step 4:

Select the band style. There are many types, ranging from a plain metal band to one with intricate floral details. Keep in mind that thin bands look more graceful than thick bands on slim hands, while broad bands look attractive on larger hands. Choose a type that matches your style: a plain metal band is timeless, and diamond-embellished band is luxurious. If you'd like, you can engrave a saying or an image that reflects your personality. If you're looking for a wedding band to stack with your engagement ring, make sure the former doesn't overshadow the latter.

Step 5:

Choose the metal. Platinum is a jeweler's favorite because it's the strongest metal to set diamonds in. Its white color does not conflict with the diamond's brilliance. Yellow, rose and white gold are other options. For an affordable metal, consider steel or sterling silver.

Step 6:

Add gemstones. A popular style is the eternity ring, a piece that's set with diamonds all around its band. Keep in mind, however, that gemstone bands aren't suitable for those who have to work a lot with their hands. Gemstones may come loose under too much activity.

  • Tips & Warnings
  • Be cautious; this process is expensive. What's more, most jewelry stores won't allow you to return a custom piece.
  • Ask your jeweler for a sketch or a mold of the ring before committing to the final purchase.
  • Depending on how expensive your ring is, you may want to purchase jewelry insurance to protect against theft or damage. You should also check to see if you can add a rider to your existing homeowner's or renter's insurance policy to cover the ring.

About the Author

Yu Qing is a freelance writer and has worked in the bridal jewelry and event planning industries.

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