Custom Creating a Modern Engagement Ring
If you’re looking for a modern custom-designed Engagement ring, Secrète Fine Jewelry in Washington, DC and Bethesda, MD is the place to go.
Many couples shopping for engagement rings want something modern, but what makes an engagement ring decidedly modern? Of course, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and taste is subjective, but there are several features that can make a ring feel more modern.
The first element that can make a custom engagement ring feel more modern is sculptural design. This usually means that the metal is cast in a way that is more creative or bolder than a more classic or vintage design. Where many traditional rings use metal simply as a way of holding a stone on the finger, and other vintage rings use intricately patterned metal as a decorative feature, sculptural rings make bold statements with the lines of the metal. Secrète Fine Jewelry still custom-casts every design in wax in our original Bethesda workshop-- we’re not limited to pre-fabricated settings or computer-based templates like other jewelry stores-- so the possibilities are endless for your custom modern engagement ring.
18k white gold and diamond sculptural engagement ring with east-west set marquise diamond by Secrète Fine Jewelry.
Custom platinum and diamond engagement ring with sculptural modern elements. This 1.25 G color VS1 diamond is showcased to shine in a simple yet intriguing setting, handmade at Secrète. Available for sale at our DuPont Circle Store.
Unconventional color choices
We love diamonds at Secrète Fine Jewelry, don’t get us wrong, but a white diamond isn’t the only stone you can use to symbolize “forever.” If you want to create a custom engagement ring that breaks the rules, you might consider playing with color. From fancy colored diamonds to a rainbow of gemstones and amazing choices with metal types and even enamel, you can create a colorful engagement ring right for you. From simple designs with washes of subtle color to modern designs that are vibrant and bold, your custom engagement ring can be more than the ordinary. Secrète Jewelry has created stunning, original engagement rings in the greater DC-metro area for over 30 years, and we’ve been pushing the envelope for forward-thinking design since day one.
Custom engagement ring handmade by Secrète with pink sapphire tension set in platinum and white and yellow diamonds gypsy-set in shank. Available in Secrète Fine Jewelry in DuPont Circle.
Topaz and diamond engagement ring in 18k white gold with bezel-set topaz and gypsy-set diamonds. Available in Secrète's Bethesda store. The bold blue makes it an original choice.
Interesting setting styles
Think outside the prong! While there’s nothing wrong with a prong (pardon the rhyme), you can create interesting silhouettes and shapes by setting stones a little differently. Many modern rings utilize bezels, tension-settings, gypsy settings, bar-settings, and other creative non-prong settings to accomplish different effects. Sometimes, you may want to create a simple outline or frame around all or part of a stone, or, for other designs, you may want to create the effect that the diamond is floating in space. Different setting styles create interesting visual effects.
Custom sapphire and diamond engagement ring with tension setting by Secrète Fine Jewelry. Available now in our DuPont Circle store in Washington, DC.
You can let your imagination run wild with the possibilities that different setting styles create. One benefit of having an engagement ring handmade for you at our DuPont Circle or Bethesda locations is that you’ll have the opportunity to have a say in every little detail-- if you love the idea of one of our rings but would prefer a different setting style, we’ll make it for you the way you want it. Some jewelry stores charge a premium for custom-designed jewelry, but we never do at Secrète. We hand-make everything anyway, so there’s no “extra” charge for making something from scratch.
Solitaire platinum and diamond ring from the Secrète archives. This ring sold many years ago, but we still have the mold in our workshop in Bethesda. Come by the Wildwood Shopping Center to check it out!
Creative stone choices
To many people, a round brilliant white diamond is The Stone for an engagement ring, but modern designs often allow your creative energy to grow beyond the expected. With diamonds in all shapes, sizes, and colors, and gemstone combinations too, you can always find something new and exciting.
For this reason, modern and custom-designed rings can also be very forgiving for those with more conservative engagement budgets. You’re free to create a beautiful and meaningful design with more affordable stones or combinations of smaller stones. Clients looking for affordable custom engagement rings will be thrilled with our diamonds-- white or colored, fancy or rough-- and the many gemstones we have in our vaults at our Bethesda and Washington, DC locations. We also source amazing gems from around the world to order to complement our handmade engagement ring designs.
14k rose gold with fancy vivid yellow rose-cut rough diamond in center. This amazing, unique ring is washed with color, but not over-the-top. Available in many color combinations at both Secrète locations.
Simplicity and streamlined concepts
One of the most elegant ways to go modern with a custom-made engagement ring is to choose a simple, streamlined style. Secrète Fine Jewelry believes in high-quality craftsmanship, and the simpler the design, the more important the details become. While some jewelers may hide mistakes in ornate patterns, Secrète always does the finest work, and nowhere is it more apparent than in our modern designs. Bold, straight lines tell no lies.
14k white gold engagement ring featuring 1/2 carat G color VVS2 diamond, bar setting by Secrète. Available at our Washington, DC store.
Looking to create a custom engagement ring from scratch? Message us, or visit our store in Bethesda, Maryland, or Washington, DC. Everyone on our small team is expertly qualified to listen to your ideas and translate them into a one-of-a-kind heirloom piece. We have the reputation, expertise, and mastery that allows us to accommodate any request- want a conflict-free Canadian diamond? Easy. Want a rare teal sapphire from Montana? You got it. Want a design based on a ring your mother lost 20 years ago? We’ve done that! Want to incorporate heirloom jewelry into the making of a new piece? Secrète does that all the time!