The Secrets To Creating The Perfect Bespoke Engagement Ring

The Secrets To  Creating The Perfect Bespoke Engagement Ring

Imagine proposing to your partner, knowing that every detail of the ring was meticulously crafted just for them. 

Layla and her team work one-on-one with you to create bespoke designs like you have never imagined but are somehow precisely what you wanted. Step by step, you are shown that you can make something more incredible than you ever imagined. A design you could previously not describe in words, yet somehow you have been behind every detail in bringing it together. 


Having a vision

Initial Consultation

We start with a private consultation to discuss your ideas, allowing us to understand your style preferences and gather your initial thoughts for the perfect design. This collaborative process aids us in forming a clear picture of our vision. Together, we focus on the broader concept you have in mind, laying the essential foundations for your unique piece. We dive into who you (or your partner) are, your likes, tastes, personality and characteristics that stand out. We aim to capture you in a design, a translation of your story transcribed into art. 

The word "bespoke" embodies the essence of individuality and personalisation. It means creating something tailored exclusively for you, down to the smallest detail. Originating from the world of custom tailoring, where a suit was "spoken for" by a client, it now represents any product meticulously crafted to meet your unique specifications. In the realm of engagement rings, "bespoke" means designing a one-of-a-kind piece that reflects you. 

It is essential that this initial consultation takes shape in collaboration; we are both working together to create something you will cherish for a lifetime. Bespoke means having a piece designed with you at the centre of everything. It is not just about the design itself but the larger picture and story attached to the piece. In our studio, you won't find an endless counter of rings to try on. We won't try to fit you into a design that already exists. 

No, our pieces are so much more considered. The design starts with you, using a thread of time that you select. 


Mood Boards and Inspiration: 

Creating the perfect bespoke engagement ring begins with a journey into your personal aesthetic and story. This is where mood boards and inspiration can be a huge aid in starting this creative process.

A mood board is more than just a collection of pretty pictures; it's a visual diary of your dreams and desires. Start by gathering elements that resonate with you—photos from magazines, fabric swatches, digital images, and even snippets from your favourite movies. These pieces form the tapestry of your vision. Whatever your style, your mood board should reflect it.

Once you've collected your inspiration, it's time to curate it into a cohesive mood board. Whether you prefer a physical board with tangible items or a digital one using tools like Pinterest, the key is to create a harmonious composition. Place your most important elements at the centre and surround them with supporting visuals. This arrangement not only highlights your key themes but also creates a balanced and appealing design.

Collecting inspiration and having a visual reference to what aesthetics and styles of design resonate with you can be a great way to prepare for a bespoke initial consultation. You will already have a great idea of the tastes and aesthetics that speak truly to who you are. 



The Design Process

Following the initial consultation, we will compile a range of initial designs, each incorporating elements discussed during the consultation. These concepts are designed to spark inspiration and offer diverse options, showcasing different styles, gemstone settings, metal choices, and intricate details. This variety ensures you have a comprehensive view of possibilities, helping you to articulate and refine your preferences.

Using this feedback, we move into the development phase. Here, we blend your favourite elements into more developed design iterations. Each version will bring us closer to your ideal ring, fine-tuning details such as the curvature of the band, the precise setting of the gemstones, and any personalised engravings or hidden details. This dynamic and interactive iterative process allows you to see how your feedback translates into tangible design changes.

Throughout this phase, open communication is key. Your ongoing input helps us make adjustments, ensuring every detail aligns with your vision. Our goal is to refine and perfect the design, capturing the essence of what you envisioned and exceeding your expectations.

By the end of this collaborative process, the final design will be a perfect embodiment of your vision—a bespoke engagement ring that not only meets but surpasses your desires. 



Selecting the Perfect Gemstone

To conclude the design phase, we source and present a thoughtfully curated selection of the finest precious stone options for your chosen design. We then discuss the selection, allowing you to compare these distinct pieces while considering factors like your budget, personal preferences, and lifestyle, ensuring you make the perfect choice for your design.

At Layla Kaisi Collection our specialty is white glove sourcing the finest precious stones from our exclusive international suppliers. So what does this mean? 

Our diamonds are handpicked perfection. We go through literally hundreds of diamonds from these secret LKC suppliers to find the options that stand out from all the rest and are not available to other companies.

This means that we have to understand each piece from the inside out, from the classic 4Cs of the diamond, as well as:

proportions + ratio
faceting map
diamond depth %
girdle thickness and type (faceted or smooth)
crown height
inclusion distribution
TYPES of inclusions (pinpoint, feather, wisp etc)
overall brilliance and fire
certification type and more

To read more about this, see our blog, 'The Four C's and More.'

Sustainability in the present day is at the forefront of business practices, as it should be. However, sustainable practices have become a blanket term used to appeal to those of us who are ethically conscious. So here is our layout of exactly how we keep our practices sustainable and ethical at Layla Kaisi Collection. 

We strictly collaborate with suppliers who adhere to the Kimberley Process, ensuring that all diamonds entering New Zealand are certified from sources free of child labour and conflict.

We work directly with a select group of small-scale artisanal miners and cutters within Australia, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Madagascar. This keeps our supply chain direct and short, ensuring traceability and ethical practices at every stage. Layla personally selects our suppliers from trusted networks in the jewellery industry, and new suppliers undergo a thorough vetting process to align with our values and quality standards.




Creating a bespoke engagement ring involves collaboration, creativity, and craftsmanship. From the initial consultation to the final reveal, each step is infused with your story and style, ensuring the result is a ring as unique as your love. By utilising mood boards, gathering inspiration, and refining designs through expert guidance, you embark on a process that transforms your vision into a tangible symbol of commitment.

Every detail, from the selection of gemstones to the choice of metal, is meticulously crafted carefully. The iterative design process ensures that your feedback shapes the final piece, creating a ring that perfectly aligns with your dreams. So, if you're seeking a ring that goes beyond the ordinary, embracing the bespoke experience is the ultimate way to celebrate your commitment. Reach out for a consultation, and let us help you create a masterpiece that will be cherished for a lifetime.



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Ophelia Mason

Ophelia Mason is a writer, content creator, and author for the Layla Kaisi Collection Journal. She transcribes the beauty of artistically handmade jewellery. She is passionate about sharing the stories woven through each design and retelling the moments captured in each piece in imaginative detail. She has an eye for creative harmony and an appreciation for individual reflection in the form of unique jewellery.

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