Getting engaged is one of the most special moments in anyone’s life. Finding that right someone and knowing they’re the one you want to be with for the rest of your life. Whether you’re proposing or actually preparing to walk down the aisle, a bespoke engagement or wedding ring will help make the day that much more special.

There are two forms of exceptionally breathtaking engagement rings: heirloom and bespoke. While heirlooms offer the history and eloquence of antique jewellery, bespoke equates to a one-of-a-kind, and potentially speaks more to the individuality of the person you’re marrying. You can, however, also create a combination of the two by repurposing heirloom into something new.

Giving heirlooms new life

Incorporating a piece of heirloom jewellery into a bespoke wedding or engagement ring creates that beautiful marriage of old and new. We often have necklaces or amulets in our jewellery box handed down from our grandparents that we never find occasion to wear. These often include beautiful, valuable stones that can easily be repurposed into a ring. The metal used can also be used to fashion the token of your love for each other, and is a lovely way of keeping the spirit of the generations before you alive. Another tip is to visit your local thrift shop and find something that catches your eye that can be restored.

Match their style

It’s a good bet that you know your partner well, but how often do you consider their style in jewellery? If you’re aiming to surprise them, study their jewellery box and take note of the styles they buy themselves. If you’re shopping together, look through magazines and online for inspiration. Social media sites like Instagram and Pinterest can be good sources to making the perfect ring.

Place your order early

A custom ring can take some time to design and create, so place your order a good month or two in advance, and speak to your designer about how long they generally take so you know when your ring will be ready for that special moment. Your designer will probably want to go over some ideas and different styles with you, so make an appointment to iron out all the details.

There are many Melbourne-based designers who can help you make this important decision, so be sure to do some research and seek reviews so you know you’re putting your faith in a quality designer. Ask to see some of their previous designs, or ask your friends and family for referrals. Shop around for price range as well, and let them know you have an heirloom you would like given a new lease of life.