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New York: the city of dreams, the land of opportunities, and yes, and the home of discerning couples with a taste for truly original engagement rings. To cater to this clientele, more and more NYC-based jewelry designers are offering custom rings and wedding bands for when it's time to say "I do." Here, we give you five that will make your ring that much more special.
A look at Anna Sheffield's collections prove that her aesthetic is a bit fancy (and pricey), and they're very much in tune with contemporary engagement ring styles. A native of New Mexico now living in New York, she's willing to sit down with you for a free consultation. When it comes to custom rings, she aims to please—whether that's with an elegant 3 carat cushion cut or a punk-y black diamond ring with spikes. And who could argue with the promise that your ring will be ready in four weeks, tops?
Made Her Think
This Lower East Side-based brand has collaborated with everyone from Yigal Azrouël to Rebecca Minkoff for custom runway pieces, and you too can have the chance to join their forces. Their Art Deco-inspired pieces normally go for a few hundred dollars, and the price for a custom ring depends on the cost of materials on top of a standard design fee. An antique or a more modern look will work, but it is best to give them three months for proper execution.
In God We Trust
In God We Trust has garnered great acclaim for their clothing and jewelry, which is all locally made in New York. Their policy ensures that orders are paid in full in advance, and all custom work is non-refundable. Orders take about three weeks to complete, and prices vary depending on what stone or metal is used, however, most of their preexisting wedding styles fall somewhere in the hundreds. The ethereal, dainty pieces will take your breath away, and you'll really reach cloud nine when you book an appointment at the studio.
Digby and Iona
Digby and Iona create whimsical, storybook treasures like something out of the Princess Bride that are "inspired by everything from history to literature." For example, Designer Aaron Ruff just finished a custom design of a wolf's claw and a crow's foot clutching a yellow diamond for a couple whose last names are Wolf and Crow. That same personal touch can be yours with four weeks notice and a chunk of change: A simple silver ring will cost a few hundred, and a platinum design with a diamond can reach the thousands.
A Gwyneth Paltrow favorite and 2008 CFDA inductee, Me&Ro creates custom rings based on designs that already exist. Say you want to replace a ruby with a diamond, or to exchange a smaller stone for a larger one? That'll take six to ten weeks—longer if they need to source the stone, or shorter if you provide it yourself.
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