5 Jul, 2024, 12:48 PM

Custom Engagement Rings: The Process Behind Custom Jewellery Made in Melbourne


When it comes to symbolizing love and commitment, nothing compares to a custom engagement ring. In Melbourne, MDTdesign has perfected the art of creating bespoke engagement rings that reflect the individuality of each couple. This article explores the intricate process of designing and crafting custom engagement rings at MDTdesign, a family-owned business known for its exceptional quality and craftsmanship.

The Significance of Custom Engagement Rings

Why Choose Custom Jewellery Over Ready-Made?

Custom engagement rings and custom jewellery alike offer a unique opportunity to create a piece that truly represents your personal story and style. Unlike mass-produced rings, custom designs ensure that every detail is tailored to your preferences, making the ring one-of-a-kind.

The Personal Touch of Handmade Custom Jewellery

Handmade jewellery carries a personal touch that cannot be replicated by machines. Each piece is a work of art, meticulously crafted by skilled artisans who pour their expertise and passion into every ring.

MDTdesign: A Legacy of Excellence, Creating Custom Jewellery since 1981

The History of MDTdesign

Established in 1981, MDTdesign is a family-owned and operated business dedicated to creating exquisite jewellery pieces specializing in custom engagement rings and custom jewellery design. With decades of experience, MDTdesign has built a reputation for exceptional quality and innovative design.

The Collins Street Jewellery Boutique and Workshop

Located in the heart of Melbourne, MDTdesign’s Collins Street boutique not only showcases their beautiful creations but also houses the workshop where all custom work is performed. This allows clients to witness the craftsmanship first hand.

The Custom Jewellery Process at MDTdesign

Initial Consultation

The journey to a custom engagement ring begins with a detailed consultation. MDTdesign’s expert jewellers, diamond graders, and designers work closely with clients to understand their vision and preferences.

Designing Your Unique Custom Engagement Ring

Collaborative Design Process

During the custom jewellery design phase, clients can either bring their own ideas or seek guidance from MDTdesign’s designers. If the client is unsure of what kind of custom engagement ring design they are looking for, our designer will take you through an array of designs and give you a large wealth of knowledge about each design available assisting you to discover the custom design of your dreams and then move forward from there.  This collaborative process ensures that the final design reflects the client’s unique style and personality and ensures you are selecting the perfect custom designed engagement ring for you.

Traditional Handmade Jewellery Techniques

Unlike mass production methods, MDTdesign employs traditional handmade jewellery techniques. Each ring is designed and crafted entirely by hand right here on Collins St in our workshop located behind our boutique, ensuring the highest level of craftsmanship for your custom jewellery design.

Selecting the Perfect Diamond

Diamond Grading and Selection

MDTdesign’s diamond graders assist clients in selecting the perfect diamond, considering factors such as cut, colour, clarity, and carat weight. This ensures that the diamond not only fits the design but also meets the client’s quality expectations.

Ethical Sourcing of Diamonds

MDTdesign is committed to ethical sourcing, ensuring that all diamonds used in their custom engagement rings are conflict-free and sourced responsibly.

Natural Diamonds

MDTdesign is committed to honouring the rare beauty of ethically sourced Natural Diamonds, not participating in Lab Grown Diamonds or Factory Grown Diamonds as these have been proven to decrease in value rapidly.

Handmaking Custom Engagement Rings

The Art of Forging Metal

Master jewellers at MDTdesign meticulously hand-work and forge the metal, creating a durable and unique setting for the diamond. This traditional approach ensures that each custom engagement ring is a true masterpiece.

The Role of Precision and Skill in Creating Custom Jewellery

Handmaking a custom engagement ring requires precision and skill. Every detail, from the setting to the band, is carefully crafted to perfection, including hammering, shaping and carving metal creating a solid piece of jewellery. MDTdesign create their Custom Engagement rings without the use of any metal pouring or Computer Aided Design technologies-  ensuring that the final piece is both beautiful and durable, created to last a lifetime.

The Finishing Touches on your Custom Engagement Ring

Polishing and Finishing

After the custom Engagement Ring is handmade, it undergoes thorough polishing and finishing to enhance its beauty and brilliance. This step ensures that the ring is perfect and ready to dazzle.

Quality Assurance

Before the custom engagement ring is presented to the client, it undergoes a final quality check. MDTdesign ensures that every piece meets their stringent standards and exceeds client expectations so that they may back it with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Custom Jewellery Design: Showcasing Award-Winning Craftsmanship

Recognitions and Accolades

MDTdesign has earned numerous accolades for their innovative designs and exceptional craftsmanship on their custom jewellery designs. These awards highlight their dedication to creating jewellery that stands out for its artistry and quality.

Client Testimonials and Success Stories

Satisfied clients often share their positive experiences, praising MDTdesign for their personalized service and stunning creations. These testimonials reflect the company’s commitment to excellence. They can be outlined on their website or on their 4.9 star average google reviews!

The Unique Experience of Custom Engagement Rings

Making an Appointment at MDTdesign

Clients are encouraged to visit the Collins Street boutique and workshop to explore custom jewellery options and experience MDTdesign’s craftsmanship firsthand. Appointments can be made for a more personalized experience.

The Joy of Receiving a Custom Jewellery Piece

The moment a client receives their custom engagement ring is filled with joy and emotion. Knowing that the ring was crafted specifically for them adds a special significance to the occasion.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the process of creating a custom engagement ring at MDTdesign?

The custom jewellery design process involves an initial consultation, design collaboration, diamond selection, handmaking, polishing, and a final quality check.

How long does it take to create a custom engagement ring?

The timeframe can vary, but typically it takes 4 to 5 weeks to complete your custom jewellery piece, depending on the complexity of the design.

Are MDTdesign’s diamonds ethically sourced?

Yes, MDTdesign is committed to ethical sourcing and ensures that all diamonds are conflict-free  through dealing with our trusted suppliers and through the Kimberly process.

What makes a custom engagement ring different from a ready-made ring?

A custom engagement ring is tailored to the client’s specifications, making it a unique and personal piece, unlike mass-produced or ready-made rings MDTdesign custom jewellery is made one of a kind, just for you.


Creating a custom engagement ring in Melbourne with MDTdesign is a journey of collaboration, craftsmanship, and personalized service. From the initial consultation to the final quality check, every step is meticulously executed to ensure that the ring is a true reflection of the client’s vision and style. With a legacy of excellence and a commitment to ethical practices, MDTdesign stands out as a premier destination for custom engagement rings and custom jewellery design.

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