Choosing the perfect engagement ring can be an overwhelming feat, that’s why many couples choose to design their dream ring instead. Designing your own ring allows you to be in control: from picking out the perfect setting to pairing it with a stunning diamond that fits your budget.
The designers at Dolphin Galleries have committed the last 40 years to crafting unique, custom-made rings for 100,000+ customers. With their extensive engagement ring options, they can bring your dream ring to life through timeless styles and the latest trends.
Why Use A Ring Builder?
Their engagement ring builder tool is super easy to use and very helpful during your ring buying experience. It saves you time in the long run (you won’t be running to multiple stores), allows you to compare multiple settings and diamond options at once and you can do it from the comfort of your home.
The only thing to keep in mind is that you can’t physically see the ring or try it on to see if it fits, so knowing the ring size is key. If you run into any issues while building your ring, you can consult with an engagement ring specialist at any time.
To get started, check out these 4 easy steps to build your perfect ring:
Decide how you want to build: start with a setting or with a diamond. We found it easier to start with the setting first, since it tells you which diamond shapes will fit the setting.
After choosing your setting, narrow down the diamond shape, metal option and price range you’re looking for.
Select the setting you like and choose from a list of different diamonds for sale. When choosing your diamond, consider the 4 C’s: cut, color, clarity and carat. If you’re not sure what the 4 C’s mean or what to look for, click on the small information icon for a quick and easy breakdown of each category.
Once you choose your diamond, view the complete ring before adding to your cart. If you’ve chosen a carat size that doesn’t fit your setting properly, it will notify you so you can make the appropriate changes.
We played around with the tool ourselves to build some unique creations and it was so fun and easy. Take a look at the amazing engagement rings we were able to create within minutes.
Antique Princess Cut Ring
To kick things off, we went straight for a princess cut ring. We found a beautiful antique-inspired setting in 14K white gold that allowed the nearly 1-carat diamond to shine with eight round cut diamonds on the side. This beautiful diamond was rated D for color, the highest and most colorless grade, and also the most expensive.
The cost of each ring is broken down into three parts, the setting price, the diamond price and the final cost, as shown below.
Setting Price: $948
Diamond Price: $3,694
Total Ring Price: $4,642
Twisted Shank Oval Ring
For a unique band, we found this beautiful twisted shank setting and paired it with a stunning oval diamond. It really allows the center diamond to take center stage with (literally) a unique twist. The .80 carat oval is set in 14K white gold and is also ranked D for color. The clarity is set at VS2, right in the sweet spot for clarity ratings (between VS2-SI1), meaning it has a few flaws in the diamond but it won’t be very noticeable to the naked eye.
Setting Price: $495
Diamond Price: $3,068
Total Ring Price: $3,563
Bezel Solitaire Ring
For gold lovers, this 14K yellow gold setting is simple yet stunning. The bezel setting ensures the greatest protection for your classic round diamond since the diamond sits deep into the setting. The plain gold band allows the focus to stay on the .30 solitaire diamond and was the most affordable on our list.
Setting Price: $385
Diamond Price: $621
Total Ring Price: $1,006
Pear Halo Ring
Hello, halo! This may have been one of our favorite engagement rings to build. The 14K white gold setting holds a stunning 1.4 carat pear diamond which was graded flawless in color and clarity. Add 29 round cut diamonds along the halo and band and you’re left with a beautiful, unique ring. We’re ready to add this flashy stunner to our cart right now! (It’s also the most expensive on our list but we can dream, right?)
Setting Price: $1,098
Diamond Price: $14,822
Total Ring Price: $15,920
Rose Gold Infinity Ring
If you’re a fan of rose gold, this one’s for you. This .40 carat round cut diamond has a super pretty 14K rose gold setting. The band features a twisted infinity on both sides with 46 multi row diamonds. It’s a dainty choice for the girl who wants some bling but doesn’t want something too big or flashy.
Setting Price: $880
Diamond Price: $946
Total Ring Price $1,826
Emerald Halo Ring
Do you love a halo but want something affordable? This 18K white gold setting has a sleek band, allowing the diamonds to really sparkle. There were multiple diamond shape options to choose from for this setting, so we went with a beautiful .30 carat emerald cut diamond. Thirteen additional diamonds encircle the emerald to create that stunning halo effect.
Setting Price: $839
Diamond Price: $667
Total Ring Price: $1,506
3-Stone Round Cut Ring
Another favorite setting of ours is the 3-stone ring, but we really wanted to accent the center stone instead of having three diamonds of the same size. We found this 18K white gold setting and added a 1.5 carat round cut diamond to the center. Four round cut diamonds flank the center stone to give it a 3-ring look and feel. Both the setting and the size of the diamond were on the higher end, making this another splurge-worthy choice.
Setting Price: $1,227
Diamond Price: $9,569
Total Ring Price: $10,796
Vintage Scalloped Ring
Our final ring was a truly unique creation that boasts vintage flair. We went with a classic 18K yellow gold setting and a scalloped halo center featuring a .40 carat cushion cut diamond. This setting is great for a smaller carat size, since the diamonds around the halo and the band allow this ring to really dazzle.
Setting Price: $1,220
Diamond Price: $862
Total Ring Price: $2,082
Build Your Own Ring
We could’ve spent hours playing with the engagement ring builder. It was really fun being able to mix different diamond shapes with different settings and different metals all within a few clicks. You’ll be able to create your dream ring in no time!