How To Get A Custom Engagement Ring Made

There are a few strong trends in bridal engagement at the moment to include, solitaires, vintage inspired rings and all mountings that emphasize the center stone with a thinner shank; however, the most common of all requests is something unusual. The best way to find the engagement ring that is truly just for you is through custom. At Argo & Lehne Jewelers we love creating the perfect ring for all of our customers and specialize in custom design. It may seem daunting but the process at Argo & Lehne is easy and fun!

The Custom Engagement Ring Process

Meet with an A&L Sales Associate

You may not be sure if custom is for you but through the process of meeting with a sales associate this will be determined. Walk-ins are welcome, yet setting up an appointment can also assist in preparing the sales associate in advance for your meeting. Upon your first meeting they will be able to bring well thought out ideas to the table. In this meeting you will determine all requested preferences such as metal type, stone selection, style, etc…

Rough Sketches

This is often done as you are with your sales associate but at times it may take further thought and ideas. The sales associate will send you information and design ideas through hand drawn renderings or by illustrating different detailed components in existing rings.

CAD (Computer Aided Design)

Once a preliminary design has been created the sales associate will have a CAD completed and you will be able to see the ring in 3D. This takes much of the guess work out of the design as you can see every angle. Minor changes will be made and the final design will be created and quoted. Some complex designs will require a 3D wax and this is a great opportunity to truly see the entire piece up close before the final ring is cast. There really aren’t any surprises at this point as you have seen each angle and detail of the piece. If there are any concerns regarding the piece structurally or aesthetically the sales associate will address this with the client.

Proceeding the Design

Once the design is proceeded, the ring generally takes 4-6 weeks for completion. The entire process usually takes no more than 8 weeks from the time of the initial consultation and sometimes sooner. It really depends on the back and forth and response time from the client.

Custom Engagement Ring Process

sketch, CAD (Computer Aided Design), wax mold, final ring.

Why Argo? – Though The Customers’ Eyes

We can tell you all the reasons why we recommend Argo & Lehne such as our personable staff who takes the time with each customer to truly understand their wants but it really is best to hear from our customers. Our rating on google speaks for itself and so do these excellent custom reviews.

Kate- 5 stars

Rachel and the team at Argo and Lehne went above and beyond to help us get our perfect engagement ring. It was a dream come true. Rachel was very personable, kind and exceeded our expectations. We were supposed to get the ring at a different jeweler and just stopped into Argo and Lehne just to see, and we’re so glad we did! They made us feel like family and kept us in the loop every step of the way. They never rushed us and made us feel like we were the most important people there. I have recommended Rachel to everyone I know and will continue to do so. She did a fantastic job. She listened to what we were looking for and went beyond that. Thanks again Rachel!! We’re so happy and the experience was wonderful! We are lifetime guests now- we’ll always come to Argo and Lehne for our jewelry for now on.


Nathan – 5 stars

Michelle helped us (mostly me) with picking out the perfect engagement and wedding bands; we’d been in contact throughout the past year (2021) and I don’t think I can fully articulate just how genuine and wonderful she has been for our little family. I can’t recommend her (and the Argo & Lehne group) enough. 10/10 — 5 Stars — Certified Fresh — THE GOAT of Jewelers in Central Ohio

An example of our CAD (Computer Aided Drawing). This gents band matched the stone of the fiancee’s engagement ring.

Jessica- 5 stars

Argo and Lehne is a quality jewelry store. Rachel helped me design some jewelry with a couple loose diamonds I brought in. Together we created an engagement ring and custom band, along with a couple other pieces. She was very patient with me, easy to work with and set proper expectations with pricing and timelines. All of my jewelry turned out phenomenal and I get tons of compliments. Highly recommend!!

Luke – 5 stars

Michelle was incredibly helpful at every step of the way! I came to her with some ideas and some pictures of what my soon to be fiance was looking for in an engagement ring and she made it happen! As a guy, my knowledge of jewelry was admittedly lacking and I didn’t even know where to begin. She took all of the information that I gave her, put her creative juices to work, and gave me back a beautiful ring that my fiance absolutely loves. Highly recommend!

Kristie- 5 stars

My fiancé and I had a great experience designing a custom engagement ring with Rachel. Argo & Lehne has access to a great assortment of gemstones. We had several appointments with Rachel and found the perfect sapphire. She was able to quickly come up with a CAD that reflected exactly what I wanted. The ring is just how I imagined it in my mind. I’d recommend Argo & Lehne for anyone looking for custom or gemstone engagement rings!

To read more about our custom design process or to book an appointment click here. 

Custom Engagement Rings

There is nothing more thoughtful than a one of a kind custom engagement ring. Argo & Lehne is excited to help you through this process and craft a truly unique ring that will be cherished for years to come.

Easy Design Process

Your Idea

Our designers will help you to get your idea onto paper.

our craftsmanship

Your design will be turned into reality by our experienced craftsmen.

Your unique piece

You will get a one-of-a-kind piece engagement ring you will cherish forever.

The surprise proposal at Barcelona restaurant…of course she said, YES!

Brent and I both think we have old souls. We love old cities, homes, furniture, and jewelry. It’s the stories that these things carry and the love that so many people have put into them to restore to their original beauty that we adore. So, when we began to search for an engagement ring we knew we wanted an antique. I adore Art Deco settings and how all the different cuts and jewels can come together in a gorgeous mosaic piece that just makes sense. We had looked at a few other antique stores in Columbus and in other cities- knowing the ‘perfect’ ring would be hard to find. Then, we went to Argo & Lehne and found a gorgeous variety of rings. We found THE ring that was so close to perfect and well within our budget. With the help from Michelle Berger and Richard Argo, we designed custom bands to complete the Art Deco look we dreamed of around the vintage ring we loved. The finished product was kept a surprise to me until the day my sweet fiancé got down on one knee. When he opened the ring box, I was blown away! The new custom bands perfectly compliment the old 1920’s design of the main ring seamlessly; blending the old with the new and even throwing the something blue in with the sapphires on the side.

Need Inspiration?

Browse our engagement ring gallery to get some ideas for your custom engagement ring, or bring in a picture of the ring you like.

“We are over the moon with the results and our overall experience with Argo & Lehne was a dream come true. Thank you so much for helping our vision come to life and creating something that gives me butterflies each time I look down at my hand!”

Kate, German Village, OH

Want to create your own unique ring?

“We encourage individual style. Our design team is here to transform your ideas into a one-of-a-kind gorgeous heirloom piece. Contact us to get started.