Jewelry of all sorts is popular around the world, and has been since long before the written word. Cultures around the world have crafted jewelry such as necklaces or brooches or rings for personal decorations, religious significance, or badges of office. Some jewelry is made from sea shells or even bones in some primitive cultures past and present, but most people today understand jewelry as being made of precious gems and metals. Gold, silver, and platinum are standard for making engagement rings or earrings, for example, not to mention gems such as diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, and more. Beautiful jewelry or bridal jewelry may also be crafted from sea glass, and even if sea glass pieces are not actually gems from the earth, they prove popular all the same. Local jewelers may offer models of all sorts for customers, and many men look to make custom jewelry for their girlfriends. They may get a custom engagement ring from those local jewelers to make something truly special. How might this work?
Custom Engagement Jewelry
Ever since the 1400s, men in the Western world have given their girlfriends engagement rings along with their marriage proposals, and most often, the standard engagement ring is one made of gold with a diamond in it. This proves plenty popular, and jewelers often sell these rings, ready for use. The diamond may have different cut patterns and carat weight, but the basic idea is the same. What is more, some jewelers today offer lab-grown diamonds that avoid the “blood diamond” controversy, which many younger adults will care about when they buy jewelry.
At any rate, some customers are also looking to make custom jewelry, either for themselves or someone else. Often, women may ask a jeweler to make custom earrings or necklaces for her, and men may design and buy a custom designed engagement ring. Some men today feel creative and would rather try a variation of the standard engagement ring model. This starts when the customer describes the custom ring’s properties to the jeweler, who will then create a color sketch so that all parties can confirm and agree upon its final design. A custom engagement ring may swap a diamond for a sapphire, emerald, or other gem, and it may be made of nearly any cut, from a round shape or a square to a pear shape or even a heart. The ring’s body may be gold, silver, or platinum, and it may have attractive patterns carved into it or even a sentimental message or date on it. The man’s and woman’s names may be carved into it, and/or the date when they first met, or anything else desired.
The jeweler will take time to create this custom ring, which may take a few weeks to finish. Once complete, the jeweler will notify the customer, who may return and pick it up and make a payment. If this ring ends up being sold for some reason, the owner might bargain with customers for a price, and some collectors may appreciate the novelty of custom designed rings.
Sea Glass Wedding Jewelry
A bride-to-be will get her engagement ring from her fiance, but the rest of her jewelry is her own affair. She may receive earrings from her mother or grandmother as a family heirloom, or possibly even a wedding band in some cases. Brides are particular about the jewelry they wear on their wedding day, and they may put a lot of thought into this.
Sea glass is also an option. Sea glass pieces are not gems formed in the earth, but rather, they are broken pieces of glass that have been polished and ground into a smooth shape in the ocean over years. In the past, many people threw trash into the ocean, including broken glass. It didn’t stay trash for long; sea glass is often found on the beach and is eagerly collected, and some shades are considered beautiful and are rare, and thus go for high prices. Creative brides can wear earrings or necklaces with sea glass pieces in them, and such jewelry may make a fine (and thematic) option for a beach wedding. Sea glass can also be used for bracelets or brooches, too.