Geeky Engagement Rings: Buying Guide for 2023
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When shopping for engagement rings in the past, you were limited to the same generic designs that everyone else was wearing. Basically, you had two choices to make: the basic shape of the ring and the color of the metal. You were left with options like a yellow gold three-stone ring, or, of course, the classic solitaire in a white metal. These rings are certainly pretty, but this system severely limits the degree to which you can express yourself, the spirit of your partner, and the nature of your unique relationship.
Fortunately, designers realized that there was a demand for themed rings. Additionally, the market of custom jewelry has surged in recent years as more and more people choose to work directly with professional designers to fashion personalized, one-of-a-kind rings that speak to their specific interests and passions.
If you are like most, you will wear your engagement ring almost every day, so it is important that your ring says something meaningful about you. The greatest benefit of custom jewelry is the opportunity to create items with intimate personal meaning. Because you, yourself are commissioning the item, you can choose any conceivable design motif, no matter how unconventional or obscure the reference may be. Fortunately, there are unlimited sources of inspiration for you to draw from. Whether you love a certain genre of film, books, legends, cultural touchstones, or even particular animals, a custom design will be able to highlight your interests and translate them into beautiful artistic rings.
Some may call themed engagement rings "geeky", but that word just means that you and your partner are in touch with your shared interests. To be drawn to geeky-themed rings doesn't mean that you and your partner are weird - it means that you are compatible and interesting and should have rings to match!
When conceptualizing your ring, let your creative side go wild! While some inspirations will have detailed images associated with them, others can be vaguer and allow you to flex your artistic muscles. Remember that references don't have to be literal to be profound. You will get the best result if you let yourself have fun during the process!
Here are just a few of the categories that can serve as your muse for your very own custom geeky engagement ring.
Movies are a visual medium, and they have told every type of story imaginable. From sci-fi themes to book adaptations to interpretations of popular video games, there are movies that appeal to everyone!
In terms of identifying specifically geeky inspirations for engagement rings, symbols and seals are easy sources. For instance, if you root for a particular group like the Jedi Order from Star Wars, designers can use that insignia as the primary design element for a custom ring. You can further personalize your ring by playing with different color schemes and bear in mind that diamonds are not the only gemstone that can be used. Continuing with the Star Wars example, if you feel a connection with a particular Jedi, you might choose a gemstone that is the same color as their lightsaber.
Similar to movies, video games offer detailed and beautiful visual themes that are perfectly suited for reinterpretation as geeky engagement rings. Games are often centered on individual characters who are associated with particular symbols like the white wolf medallion carried by Geralt of Rivia in the Witcher games or the Guild Seal from the Fable series connected with the Hero/Heroine character.
Books can be a wonderful muse for engagement ring themes! Every type of genre including sci-fi, comic, fantasy and more includes content that can be interpreted visually and featured in a one-of-a-kind engagement ring. It is impossible to talk about geeky engagement rings inspired by books and not mention the Harry Potter series. Those books include a multitude of visual descriptions that appeal to anyone. Athletes may be drawn to images from the sport Quidditch. Diehard academics may feel an affinity to students from Ravenclaw House who wear blue and bronze colors. Animal lovers have many choices ranging from unicorns, owls, hippogriffs, centaurs, and even different species of dragons.
Additionally, the world of Middle Earth created by J.R.R. Tolkien is another world-building series of books that can easily be interpreted visually, especially if you watch the wildly popular film adaptations. Whether it is Aragorn's ring, any of the Rings of Power, or even one of the languages that Tolkien depicts in the books, lovely jewelry can be made from this source material.
Anime and cartoons are fun, colorful, and highly personal tropes; larger-than-life characters exhibit a range of powerful personality traits. Whether you like Pokémon or Loony Toons, there are individual creatures to which you and your partner may relate. Often, these individuals are associated with specific color schemes or shapes, all of which offer ideal inspiration for the perfect geeky engagement ring.
Everyone loves a holiday! Whether you connect with a particular religious festival or secular celebration, each event has visual cues that can be put in a ring. For example, you can pull inspiration from Christmas by combining red and green gems and perhaps a reindeer motif. Patriots may enjoy a ring combining red, white, and blue colors with fireworks. Everyone knows the lucky green four-leaf clover from Saint Patrick's Day. Of course, Valentine's Day, a celebration of love, utilizes red tones and heart shapes.
Emily Frontiere is a GIA Graduate Gemologist. She is particularly experienced working with estate/antique jewelry.
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