Ring Design 101:

Not everyone can walk into a store or browse online and without hesitation decide on the perfect ring. There are those who can, but they are the exception. Ring shopping can be overwhelming. There are so many different options and so many different variables to consider when conjuring up the perfect ring. We’re here to help. The following is a simplified framework to consider when designing a ring (stones, metal, silhouette, setting, and finer details).


Stones or lack thereof are a great place to start. Not using stones in your ring? Perfect, move on to the next step. Planning to incorporate stones in your ring? Great! Here are some things to consider:

Type: Diamonds, rubies, and sapphires are all different types of stones. There is an endless selection of precious and semi-precious gemstones you can choose from when building your ring. It’s important to know what colors you are attracted to and go from there.

Stones also vary in durability which is important to consider as well.

Shape: Shapes include round, oval, pear, fancy (alternative/asymmetrical), and many more. We will discuss this more when considering the silhouette of the ring, but the shape of your stone or stones will play an instrumental role in the aesthetic of your ring.

Size: Size, also known as carat weight. Is another factor you will want to consider when choosing stones for your ring. The size of the stone or stones you pick will be determined by a few different things: budget, silhouette/aesthetic appeal, and proportion.


Choosing a metal can be fairly simple. You will want to consider price, durability, and color. A majority of metalsmithing artisans will be working in either platinum, gold, or silver. If your chosen metal is gold you will be given the options of yellow (yellow in color) rose (pink in color), or white (silver in color). Gold also varies in karat or gold content. A higher gold content will result in both a more valuable product and a softer product.