How to create a family heirloom engagement ring like Meghan Markle’s

Style Magazine Newswire | 4/2/2018, 11:25 a.m.
Many modern-day couples are turning to the sentimental and personal value found in heirloom engagement rings to make for a ...
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Many modern-day couples are turning to the sentimental and personal value found in heirloom engagement rings to make for a proposal one will never forget. Most recently, Prince Harry ensured his late mother, Princess Diana, was part of his special day by incorporating two of her diamonds into Meghan Markle’s engagement ring.

There are many different reasons people are using heirloom rings to propose. For some, it may be more cost-effective to use a ring passed down from generations instead of buying a new one. For others, the sentimental and personal value of a family heirloom makes it that much more special to propose with and wear for years to come. Whatever the reason may be, there are several steps one must follow when designing a ring with a family heirloom.

Get Approval

First and foremost, it’s essential you have the family member’s approval before using an heirloom that’s been passed down. Since the item is being passed down, you may assume that you already have the green light, but if you plan to personalize and create a custom ring of your own, it’s better to be safe than sorry. The last thing you want is to start a family feud before the proposal!

Know the Ring’s Story

It’s a good idea to learn about the history behind the ring before you start making changes. There may be certain aspects of the ring that you wish to repurpose and use, which is essential to know if you decide to make custom changes. Once you make changes, there is no going back to the original ring. Keeping original parts of the ring is a unique way to keep that family member with you at all times.

Check the Diamond Condition

After you get permission to use the ring, you’ll want to take the ring to a trusted jeweler to check the condition, as well as get it deep cleaned. To prevent future issues, a master jeweler will be able to identify any wear and tear that the ring may have inherited over the years - making the ring look almost brand new!

Customizing Your Ring

When the time finally comes to create your perfect ring, it’s crucial that you go to a jeweler you trust will do a phenomenal job. Understanding exactly what you want, will help you feel confident in your decision in custom making the ring. The jeweler may offer tips or advice to help create your vision, however, at the end of the day it’s your ring - do what you and your spouse love.

About the Author

Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store specializes in proprietary and designer engagement ring settings and loose diamonds. The company also carries an extensive selection of wedding bands, promise rings, anniversary bands, three-stone rings, earrings, pendants, and bracelets. To learn more about Robbins Brothers, The Engagement Ring Store please visit our Houston stores located in the Houston Loop or in Clearlake. Or you can visit us online at