Standard vs. Custom Engagement Rings – What’s the Better Investment?
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Standard vs. Custom Engagement Rings – What’s the Better Investment?

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Big Box or Custom Designed?

So you’ve decided to make the decision of a lifetime by popping the question to your significant other. Congrats! Now to find the perfect ring, a symbol of your love…but do you choose a standard ring or a custom engagement ring?

You know the relationship between you and your significant other is something so unique and you want to express that in the best way possible.

Here are some things you should consider before you get down on one knee and open up that tiny box:


There are countless qualities that set that one person aside from the others and just like the love of your life, custom rings are 100% one-of-a-kind. When you choose a custom ring, it’s designed and crafted based on only your special story and you have total say in how it turns out.

Maybe your future spouse isn’t a diamond person? No worries! There are a variety of gemstones to choose from such as a sapphire, ruby, emerald, morganite, iolite, etc., to make it that much more unique.

If there is an heirloom in the family, it can be restored and repurposed into a new creation which encapsulates both a sentimental and environmental aspect.

To have a ring uniquely created by the person you love means much more than just another basic, mass manufactured ring. If you’re significant other is truly one of kind, the ring should be, too.

Time & Effort

Creating a custom ring shows you went the extra mile and are truly devoted, rather than just going to Jared’s and pointing at a carbon copy that they “may” like. You may think customizing a ring will take a vast amount of time and creative energy, however, that’s not the case.
At Abby Sparks Jewelry, our team makes the process simple without sacrificing any detail. We meet with you face-to-face or over the phone to discuss the design process and timeframe for your custom piece. We guide you through the creative process and create a design document with sketches.
From there you provide feedback and/or design adjustments until you are 100% satisfied. We can even provide a CAD (Computer Animated Design) and wax model of your creation so you can get the most accurate, tactile idea of what you’re getting before it’s made. When you’re happy with the design, your one-of-a-kind creation will be ready in only 4-5 weeks!


The quality of custom engagement rings and standard manufactured rings differs quite a bit. For the most part standard manufactured rings are made overseas in factories where the quality is sacrificed. When you design a custom ring with Abby Sparks Jewelry, you can rest assured that the ring is crafted by local jewelers using only high-grade, fair-trade gems and ethically sourced metals.

After meeting with Abby, she then sources stones from all over to find the perfect materials for your one-of-a kind creation.


At this point, all of the above might sound like perfect reasons to choose a custom over standard rings…but then comes the dreaded price tag.
Contrary to popular belief, the price of a custom rings is very comparable to standard rings, but you get even more with a custom ring. Abby sits down with you and discusses your budget and vision to make certain that you’re getting what you want, while staying in your budget.

The End Result

When that special moment comes and you get down one knee to open up that little ring box, it will be a memory that the two of you will share forever. But when there’s a custom ring in that box, it will be even more special. Your fiancé be will completely blown away by the unique, one-of-a-kind beauty and the amount of thought that was put into creating it.