There was once a time when your choice of wedding or engagement ring was limited to what your local jeweler had in stock or could order from his or her distributor. No more. Modern times means a modern source for all wedding-related items: the Internet. Not only is the selection larger, but you can also virtually create your own jewelry by matching the loose diamond(s) of your choice to any of numerous settings.
- Angara features a unique feature for some items that allows you to choose your design first, then control the price and quality by picking a “good,” “better,” “best,” or “heirloom” stone. See it in action by clicking here then, on the product page, click over to the View More Options tab blow the images. If you are in the market for jewelry, this retailer usually has several specials. You can find Angara’s current offers here.
- Another way to choose your ring’s quality is to buy a semi-mount ring. Do this by picking a setting that is already designed and mounted with side diamonds, but the center diamond is left for you to choose. Different merchants approach ordering a little differently, but you can see how it works at DivaDiamonds. First, you purchase one of these semi-mount rings throught the site, then–to find the perfect center diamond–fill out the Request a Diamond form, which includes the quality and other features you would like, and work with them to create your ring. Find more semi-mount styles here.
- Ross Simons has a similar Build Your Own Engagement Ring options. You can begin with the diamond and choose your setting or choose your setting first, then a diamond to go into it. (Note: Ross Simons has a huge 25% off sale off anything–including Build Your Own Engagement Ring–Click here and use code SUPERSALE at checkout. Expires July 31st (Sunday). Find all of Ross Simons’ current offers here.