the custom ring design process: a monogrammed pinky signet ring dotted with a diamond

Nicole came to us wanting a special ring for her first mother’s day – a pinky signet ring with her son’s initials that would be something she could pass on to him later. We were honored to take on such a special project and excited to dig in!

First step was figuring out the monogram, which is actually more complex than it seems! Monogram etiquette is a whole google rabbit hole. Once we figured out the placement of initials, we gave Nicole 4 fonts to choose from that matched her desire for elaborate cursive. She also wanted a diamond in the top right, but wasn’t sure if she wanted it framed by a carved star or not. We provided a mock up of the different fonts with variations with and without the stat.


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Once we did the mockups it was clear that the last font was the winner and the carved star added a lot! It was time to move to the 3D render. Because the engraving and star were to be hand carved, just the signet ring itself were to be 3D designed. Here is what we came up with:




Once we had the render – we moved into production, casting it in 14k yellow gold, then carving in the letters, setting the diamond and carving the star!

Here’s how it turned out:




Here’s what Nicole had to say about the ring:

The final ring Jonathan made for me is a ring I will treasure. He was very professional and dedicated to reaching a final product I had envisioned. I highly recommend Jonathan for your own personal custom creation. He has the knowledge and skill to complete a one of a kind piece that will become a lasting treasure. I enjoyed the process from sketches to 3d rendering to finished product!

Thanks, Nicole!

If you want to make a custom signet ring or any other kind of custom piece of jewelry, you can start the process here or send us a note at and we’d love to see how we can help you out!

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