Personalizing Your Gemstones

Giving gifts around the holidays can be stressful, especially if you don’t know what to get. There are expectations of the gift being thoughtful, creative, and showing how much you love and appreciate your loved one.

There are many gifts you can give to show your love, jewelry being one of them. Many people don’t know that they can customize jewelry to say exactly what they want. You can do this through elements such as gemstones, engravings, or style choice. Best of all, you can stay in your budget even when making a custom piece.

Getting started

Begin by asking your jeweler if they can help you create a custom piece. Having the right person helping you is key. Jewelers who don’t specialize in custom jewelry will try to sell you something premade. Find a jeweler who is knowledgeable and willing to help you personalize your jewelry. Make sure to talk about your budget and time frame and what you can do to stay within these. A good jeweler can help you know what gemstones are in your price range and what styles are popular or well suited for the look you are going for.

Picking a Center Stone

One of the biggest costs in creating a piece of jewelry is the center stone. Usually the larger your stone the higher your cost. If you want a large center stone, but a diamond is out of your price range, consider a few alternatives. Many gemstones are cheaper than a diamond but can add a lot of sparkle and personality.




Morganites are a great symbol of love and compassion. There is grace and elegance in these gemstones, and the soft colors portray a sense of innocence. Popular colors for morganite are pink and champagne. Both colors pair well with rose gold and a halo of diamonds.  Morganites are relatively inexpensive making them excellent choices for pendants, earrings, and rings.



A ruby symbolizes a passion for adventure, a zeal for life, and a driving fire. There is a timeless quality to a ruby that suggests nobility, grace, and beauty. Rubies look great set in a variety of golds and comes in many shapes. The symbolism of a ruby pairs well with both vintage and cotemporary styles. Rubies also look great paired with a few white diamonds.

Genuine rubies are rare and come with their own personalities. The natural process that creates these beautiful stones makes each one unique. If a natural stone is out of your budget, a great alternative is a created ruby. These more common stones aren’t mined, but feature a similar luster and color as a natural stone for a smaller price. Both types of rubies are a wonderful addition to any ring, depending on what you’re looking for.



Sapphire symbolizes grace and beauty. A noble stone, its deep blue color invoking feelings of peace and serenity. These gems are beautifully highlighted in white gold and accentuated with white diamonds. They also are beautiful in a solitaire setting. As with a ruby, genuine sapphires are rare and the natural process makes each one unique. A created sapphire has similar features but a smaller price tag.

What’s next?

Once you have the style and gems picked the jeweler will have a CAD model designed for you. The CAD will show you what the jewelry will look like and what the price will be. You can also have a wax model created if you want to see the piece in person. When you are happy with the design, your jeweler will then cast and polish the piece, and you will have a beautifully crafted custom gift!

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