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Finding the perfect engagement ring is an exciting and sometimes nerve-wracking process, as it often marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life with your partner. Engagement rings are available in various styles, designs, and budgets, allowing you to find the perfect ring for you or your significant other.

However, the time it takes to get an engagement ring can vary greatly depending on whether you are purchasing a ring that is ready for purchase with a center stone, opting for the custom ring design, or searching for the right engagement ring on short notice.

So, how long does it take to get an engagement ring? Understanding the timeline involved can help you plan your proposal better and ensure you have the perfect engagement ring in hand when the special moment arrives.

How long does it take to get an engagement ring made?

The time it takes to get an engagement ring made depends on the complexity of the design and availability of the selected piece in stock at the retail store. A custom ring typically takes longer to create than pre-made designs, as they involve a more personalized process.

The custom engagement ring timeline might take anywhere from 2 to 4 weeks for the design process and an additional 2 to 4 weeks for production. However, for more intricate custom engagement rings the entire process could take 8 weeks or more.

It’s also crucial to budget additional time for sourcing gemstones or diamonds for your custom engagement ring. If you are looking for a very specific type of gemstone, or shape, size, and quality of diamond, it may take significantly more time to find a center stone that is one-of-a-kind. The more specific and tailored your search may be, the rarer the center stone is that will complete your custom engagement ring.

The first step is to clearly communicate your timeline with your jeweler to ensure they can meet your deadline and offer you the full spectrum of options that are available. Keep in mind that some jewelers may be busier during peak seasons – around the holidays or Valentine’s Day. Give yourself a few months to plan around any unforeseen challenges to ensure that enough time is available to complete your ring to your exact standards.

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At Sylvie, we create custom designs for our customers daily.

This bride wanted to personalize our original design by adding two extra rows of diamonds to the single band, creating a stunning, bold look.

Customizing your engagement ring is a wonderful way to create a unique and meaningful piece of jewelry that perfectly captures your love story. At Sylvie, you can choose from a wide range of beautiful designs and personalize them to suit your style and preferences. Whether you want to add a special engraving, select a different metal, or choose unique gemstones, our team will work with you every stop of the way to ensure that your vision becomes a reality.

How far in advance should you buy an engagement ring?

To avoid unnecessary stress and ensure you have ample time to find the perfect engagement ring, expect to start shopping for a ring at least 2 to 3 months before your planned proposal.

This time frame allows you to have some initial research under your belt regarding various engagement ring styles, the diamond buying process and, some additional time budgeted for unforeseen delays to ensure you make an informed decision while remaining proactive.

Additionally, if you need to resize or re-set a ring that is set with a center stone or make any modifications, having extra time will allow for these adjustments to be made without affecting your proposal timeline.

Can I get an engagement ring in 2 weeks?

It is possible to get an engagement ring within a 2-week timeframe, but your options will be more limited, and you may need to be flexible with your ring style and design preferences as the custom engagement ring process can take longer.

Purchasing ready-made engagement ring options from a jewelry store can often be completed within a few days or a week, depending on the need for resizing or other minor adjustments. Most rings that are ready-made come in different colors or metal types such 14K or 18K white gold, yellow gold or rose gold, and platinum.

Knowing your significant other’s finger size before shopping will also increase the ease of the process. Look at the store’s wedding ring options. Sometimes matching wedding rings are available alongside engagement ring purchases.

Some jewelers offer a limited selection of engagement rings that can still accommodate minor modifications in a shorter time frame.

However, keep in mind that custom engagement rings perfectly built to your specifications typically require more time for design and production, so a 2-week turnaround time may not be feasible for a truly unique, customized ring.

Can I get an engagement ring today?

Yes, it is possible to get an engagement ring today as long as your local jewelry store is open, but your options will be limited to ready-made rings available in-store.

Be prepared to be flexible with your engagement ring preferences and budget, as you may not have the time to shop and explore designs.

While many jewelry stores offer ring resizing services, you may not be able to get the perfect fit the same day. In this case, you can still propose with the ring and have it resized after the proposal.

Purchasing an engagement ring on the same day can be a good option for those who prefer a spontaneous proposal or have a short timeline.

How long does it usually take to order an engagement ring?

The time it takes to order an engagement ring whether online, or in-store varies depending on the type of ring and the jewelry store from which you’re ordering.

For ready-made engagement rings, ordering can take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks, depending on the jeweler’s inventory and any necessary adjustments that need to be made, such as resizing.

Semi-custom rings, where you choose the setting and the specific center stone separately can typically take 2 to 4 weeks to complete.

Custom engagement ring timelines can range from 4 to 12 weeks or more. This depends on how complex the design is and the length of the process from your initial visit to your local jewelry store until you confirm your order with the jewelry store.


When searching for the perfect engagement ring, consider the time it takes to explore your options, design your custom engagement ring, and make the ring so that it is ready for your proposal.

Whether you opt for a ready-made ring purchased in-store or a completely custom engagement ring, understanding the timeline upfront will help you minimize any additional stress about your proposal and ensure you have the perfect engagement ring in hand when the special moment arrives.

Start shopping early, be open to all categories and options available, and communicate your needs proactively with your chosen jeweler to make the process as seamless and fun as possible.


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