5 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Engagement Ring Designer
Shopping for an engagement ring starts with finding a jeweler you trust. With the help of modern technology, any amateur company can make jewelry, but the craft is still a trade that should be vetted by an educated consumer. Fine jewelry can look beautiful on the surface, but each piece’s story significantly impacts the jewelry’s lifespan.
At Uneek, we’re devoted to crafting heirloom-worthy jewelry that will stand the test of time. Our years of experience in the jewelry industry have proven that sometimes the smallest steps make the biggest difference, so it’s important to ask the right questions when choosing your designer.
1. What standards and ethics does that company uphold?
Ethically purchased jewelry will not harm the people who made it—from the place where the materials were sourced to the finishing touches in the production. Ethical jewelry is made from traceable, fair-trade materials in a work environment that promotes fair wages and working hours. To learn the real history behind a jeweler, ask to see their certifications and credentials, check the origins of their materials, and don’t be afraid to ask tough questions to get to the bottom of where their product is coming from and how it’s made.
2. What is their manufacturing process?
Speaking of how the jewelry is made, the manufacturing process is a huge consideration when choosing a designer. A reputable jeweler will bring new technology into old-world metalsmithing, without skipping essential steps that contribute to the long-term quality.
We combine state-of-the-art computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, tools, and equipment with centuries-old metalsmithing stone-setting disciplines and techniques. A family legacy of fine craftsmanship dictates every step of our production process.
Be cautious of jewelers that impose time-saving practices that could potentially compromise the integrity of your final product. Quality and attention to detail should remain the jeweler’s top priority throughout the manufacturing process. A defect in a ring is like a loose thread on a sweater; once you start pulling, the results can be catastrophic to that piece’s integrity. At Uneek, we polish each piece a total of three times and finish the last check under a microscope to ensure the highest level of quality control.
3. Where was the ring made?
In the United States, ethics and laws are imposed upon jewelers to ensure quality control and establish workplace guidelines that promote safe practices. Customers who buy a piece that was manufactured outside the U.S. will not have that same guarantee. You simply don’t know what you’re getting from a product that was crafted overseas.
All Uneek pieces are proudly designed and handcrafted in Los Angeles. When you choose a Uneek piece, not only are you assured a high-quality design, you are also stamping your support for American artisanship and contributing to the commitment of keeping the trade alive.
4. What other services do they offer?
Your designer should also offer additional advantages like specialized buyer education, repairs, resizing, and customization. We take pride in building lasting and meaningful customer relationships, passed down through generations of fine jewelry making. We nurture these relationships through our uncompromising dedication to providing a complete customer experience.
For example, we believe every woman should be Uneek, and our custom program will turn a vision into a reality. We accomplish this by placing our customers at the heart of the design, by anticipating their needs, and by maintaining an active dialogue throughout the process.
5. Do you trust the jeweler?
The most important consideration when choosing a designer is trust. Does the jeweler care about their product and their customers? Trust can develop from referrals, customer reviews, or conducting your own research and asking the right questions.
At Uneek, we confidently stand behind each piece. We measure success in how much our customers cherish and enjoy the jewelry that’s handed down from generation to generation. Nothing is more important than earning our customer’s trust and loyalty. When you choose Uneek, we assure excellence and complete satisfaction with every aspect of your experience.