‘Custom Designed’ Category

Exquisite Custom Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on April 11th, 2015

While there are many standard styles of engagement rings to select from, some of the most beautiful rings that you could ever receive are the custom diamond engagement rings personally designed by Mark Broumand.  Some of the custom rings shown here may add finer details to existing styles such as the halo or solitaire while others are truly unique creations from the creative mind of Mark and his master staff of jewelers.

3.54ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

3.54ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand3.54ct Round Brilliant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Tall Angle | Mark BroumandThe incredible 2.54ct round brilliant cut diamond featured in the center is GIA certified at D-SI2. The two and half carat center diamond is colorless, brilliant. The custom platinum setting flanks the center stone with a trio of milgrain detailed bezel set round diamonds on either side and front and back of the center basket. The shank is set on all three sides with pavé diamonds that extend two-thirds of the way down the shank.

6.17ct Fancy Light Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

6.17ct Fancy Light Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand6.17ct Fancy Light Yellow Radiant Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Angle TallThe gorgeous 5.02ct radiant cut diamond poised in the center is GIA certified at Fancy Light Yellow color and it has a clarity of SI1. This perfectly eye clean stone boasts a rich and vibrant yellow.  The beautiful setting features a double halo that faces up and a side halo, all composed of gorgeous round brilliant cut diamonds in a micropavé setting.  The wide split shank is also studded with round diamonds that extend halfway down.

 4.82ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

4.82ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand4.82ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring Angle Tall | Mark BroumandCustom designed from start to finish, this mesmerizing old European cut diamond engagement ring is truly one of a kind. The mesmerizing 2.82ct antique European round center diamond is GIA certified at O-P, VS1 with a beautiful light yellow color and clarity. This warm color in an antique cut diamond adds a feel of true authenticity.  The accent baguettes and round cut diamonds add brightness to this amazing piece.

How to Use Precious Metals in Your Custom Diamond Ring

Posted on March 20th, 2015

The selection of a precious metal can create an additional layer of depth and is one of the visual components  to consider when creating a custom diamond ring.  Not only can metal increase a diamond’s brightness, it can also lend the right amount of contrast for a diamond to stand out.  As always, personal preference and what is the most visually pleasing to you should dictate your final choice when selecting a precious metal for your custom diamond ring from Mark Broumand.

• Yellow Gold – 14k or 18k yellow gold is pure gold mixed with alloys for strength
• White Gold – 14k or 18k white gold is pure gold and silver or palladium
• Rose Gold – 14k or 18k rose gold is pure gold mixed with alloys for strength and copper for color
• Platinum – a precious silvery-white metal with high tensile strength

Engagement Ring Metal Choices | Mark Broumand

**Pure gold of any color is relatively delicate and malleable. The addition of different alloys strengthens gold to make it durable for use in jewelry that will be worn daily.


Here are some ideas to consider when selecting a precious metal for your custom jewelry piece:


Diamonds that accentuate clarity


5.49ct Emerald Cut Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThis lustrous and bright emerald cut three-stone engagement ring is highlighted with very white diamonds, color graded as G.  These are perfectly accented by high polish white gold or platinum (this ring).  Milgrain details help to define the shank from the incredibly bright diamonds.  If you have chosen a diamond with a warmer color, yellow or rose gold can add just the right touch to bring out the warmer color of your stone.


Fancy Colored Diamonds

1.67ct Fancy Light Yellow Princess Cut Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe fundamental visual effect of diamonds are created by the reflection or refraction of light entering the table (large, top facet) of the stone.  When light enters a diamond, it will also reflect off the metals surrounding the stone.  In the case of a fancy light yellow diamond engagement ring, select yellow gold or rose gold to further enhance the color reflecting back, therefore intensifying the natural hue of the diamond.  If your fancy colored diamond has a strong saturation of color, white gold or platinum will create an enhancing and lovely contrast to your bold stone.

Accents for your side stones

4.37ct Pear Shaped Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark BroumandThe side stones used on the halo and shank of this pear cut engagement ring are fancy pink round brilliant cut diamonds.  The shank and prongs are fashioned from 18k rose gold which offers additional warmth to the pink diamonds since rose gold has a subtle red tone to it.  The six prongs on this sparkling white H color diamond offer a subtle contrast that further brightens the center stone.

There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to selecting the precious metal to use when designing a custom diamond ring.  If you are unsure about a precious metal to use, it is also possible to use more than one metal; one for the shank (band) and a completely different metal for the basket that holds your center stone.  Many of the custom designed jewelry pieces that Mark has created contain different gold colors and he can help you select the perfect precious metal for your unique creation.

Custom Engagement Ring Possibilities

Posted on March 12th, 2015

Many jewelers allow you to select a center stone and ring setting, but you truly have endless design possibilities when you build a custom engagement ring with Mark Broumand.  You can submit a text description, photograph or a drawing you did by hand.  If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can meet with Mark personally.  If out of town, Mark will personally contact you via phone or email within one business day to discuss your design.  Here are just some of the options you have when Mark Broumand creates your truly custom piece.

Precious metals: 

The standard precious metals used in jewelry today include:  platinum, white gold, yellow gold or rose gold.   Rose and yellow golds can offer a complimentary accent to fancy colored diamonds or a bright contrast to white diamonds.  Platinum and white gold can further brighten already very white diamonds or offer a bold contrast to accent gemstones. Two-tone or tri-tone metal use is also possible.

Custom Engagement Ring Precious Metals | Mark BroumandThe diamond(s):

You can select the size, color and clarity for the diamonds to use in your ring.  For a diamond that showcases clarity, select an Asscher or emerald cut.  Fancy shaped diamonds include the pear, heart shape, marquise or oval.  Diamonds with brilliance as the main focus include the round cut, princess, radiant cut and cushions.  For the vintage lover, select an antique round or cushion cut.  All diamond cuts are available as white or fancy colored diamonds.

Diamond cuts for your custom engagement ring | Mark BroumandRing setting: 

You may be crazy about the simplicity and elegance of a solitaire.  To add a bit of flair, opt for an enhancer to compliment your solitaire or select a ring with accent stones on the shank.  A sentimental and symbolic setting is the three-stone anniversary or engagement ring; symbolizing your past, present and future.  A vintage option is the halo style engagement ring.

Custom engagement ring settings | Mark Broumand

Unique additions: 

Filigree is the delicate ornamental work of fine silver, gold, or other metal wires usually fashioned into scroll or curved shapes.  Below, you can see filigree details added to the center basket and shank shoulders.

Filigree Details for your custom engagement ring | Mark Broumand

Milgrain (also millgrain) is a French word which translates to “a thousand grains”.  It is the delicate and intricate beading created in fine metals along the edges of different ring surfaces. 

Milgrain detail for your custom engagement ring | Mark Broumand

If you need some inspirational ideas to get your design off the ground, browse through the hundreds of engagement rings and other fine jewelry that Mark has created in his custom design gallery.  His customer testimonials also speak for themselves.  If you can dream it, Mark Broumand can create it.

The Finer Details for Your Custom Diamond Engagement Ring

Posted on February 26th, 2015

One of the best reasons to create your custom diamond engagement ring with Mark Broumand? Complete customization.  You do not have to select from an inventory of stones that fit into a pre-defined group of ring settings.  You can select any diamond size and cut and choose many other options to make your custom engagement ring unique.

Here are some detail ideas for your custom engagement ring from Mark Broumand:

1.  Milgrain

Milgrain is decorative beading that can be added to any part of the ring.  Most often, it is used on the shank (band) or the center basket.

Milgrain Detail on Custom Designed Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

2.  Filigree

Filigree describes ornamental designs using existing metal of the ring or additional metal wiring to create the desired design.

Filigree Detail on Shank Custom Ring | Mark Broumand

3.  Mixed Metals

Many people opt for different metals for pieces of the ring.  It is possible to have a white gold shank and a center basket made from yellow or rose gold.  The rings below add yellow gold accents to white gold and platinum.

Two Tone Diamond Engagement Rings | Mark Broumand

4.  Engraving

Engraving can be used to add special decorative details to elements such as the shank or center basket.

Custom Engraved Band Detail | Mark Broumand

5.  Shank

Since a center stone is held in a basket and fastened to the band with connectors, it is more than one single piece of metal and is therefore a shank.  In addition to the metal selection, you can select the shape, width and design of the shank desired.

Shank Details on Custom Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

6.  Center basket

The center basket holds the large, center stone in place.  The center basket is fastened to the shank with connectors, which can also be adorned with milgrain, filigree or jewels.

Detailed Center Basket in a Custom Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

The process of creating a custom diamond engagement ring with Mark Broumand is simple, affordable and enjoyable.  For inspiration, you can browse a gallery of incredible jewelry creations from Mark.  When you are ready to design your engagement ring, simply click here to start the custom design process.

Create Your Own Vintage Style Custom Diamond Engagement Rings

Posted on February 24th, 2015

Do you love the unique and romantic look of a vintage style diamond engagement ring?  You are in luck, since Mark Broumand has helped hundreds of couples create vintage style custom engagement rings which have also been gaining in popularity over the last several years.  The term “vintage” technically describes jewelry that is older than 50 years old, yet newer than 100 years old.  Jewelry that is truly over 100 years in age is considered to be antique.

Using this timeline, vintage style engagement rings will replicate the look of rings created between 1915 and 1964.  What most people now consider “vintage style” will begin in the period known as the Art Deco Period (circa 1915-1935).

Characteristics Common in Vintage Diamond Engagement Rings

1.  Diamond Cuts of the Time Period

The intriguing Asscher and the perfectly clear emerald cut diamond reached the apex of popularity during the Art Deco period.  These cuts focused more on diamond’s luster and clarity instead of the fire and brilliance of other diamonds.

Asscher and Emerald Cut Diamond | Mark Broumand

2.  Halo of Diamonds

This ring setting earned its name because of the “halo” of smaller stones that decorate and accent the center gemstone.  Some rings will use a different shape of halo than the stone cut and double or even triple halos can be used in your setting.

2.15ct Emerald Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.43ct Antique Cushion Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

2.57ct Old European Round Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand 2.93ct Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring | Mark Broumand

3.  Milgrain and Filigree Details

Milgrain is a decorative beading style in metal. Filigree describes delicate, ornate patterns constructed from metals or metal wire.  These special touches can be used on the shank, center basket or connectors.

Milgrain and Filigree Detail | Mark Broumand

4.  Antique Cuts

Antique cut diamonds, such as the European round cut, old mine cut and antique cushion cut diamonds have larger facets with slower light scintillation.  Many appreciate the more distinctive facet pattern and different light behavior found in antique cuts.

Antique Diamond Cuts | Mark Broumand5.  White Gold and Platinum

White gold and platinum gained popularity circa the 1920s.  Seen as a “futuristic” metal, platinum use soared because the metal was very strong, therefore less had to be used to secure gems.

It is not necessary that your ring vintage custom diamond engagement ring contains all of the above characteristics. These are listed here to give you an idea of the different elements often found in vintage jewelry that you can use in the design of your special ring.