Build Your Own Custom Ethical Dream Ring

Once upon a time, there lived an exceptional human with a noble heart. They roamed the lands, high and low, to search for the perfect ring. Alas, it was not meant to be. Everything was too big, too small, too fussy, too minimalist… Not enough them.


They sighed in frustration and lamented their luck. Whispering a wish for a chance to make their own dream ring. “Where can I find ethical jewelry?”they wondered.


But a whisper in the wind made them whip their phone out for a visit to Gardens of the Sun. And they gasped in delight! The words ‘all that glitters should be guilt-free’ soothed their heart and soul.


For Gardens of the Sun is here to let all ethical jewelry seekers know you can absolutely have that perfect, customized, ethical dream ring.


So rest now, weary traveler, and let us help you craft your very own ethical dream ring.

Why design a custom ethical ring?

Why not? Haha. 


No, but seriously. A custom ring, whether it’s for The Ring or for your own personal dream ring, is a special kind of story. Filled with personal anecdotes and special little messages transforming a simple ring into a love letter, a memory keeper, a testament to a moment in your life. 


A custom ring is personal in ways a ready-made ring can’t be. 


Designing a ring may seem like a daunting task, but it really isn’t. We’re here to help you tell your story through jewelry. And to tell it, we need several components. A framework to work off if you will.


the characters


The question: Who are you making this for?

This is the best jumping off point. Think of the person who’ll wear this ring. Now close your eyes and think of their overall personality. 


Write those words down!


Nice, kind, quirky, mysterious, mischievous, fun, broody... These adjectives are all pretty useful when you’re designing a ring. If you keep them in mind as you craft your story, the choices become infinitely easier.


 the quest


The question: Why are you designing this ring? What’s it for?


Is it an engagement ring? A thank-you-for-being-amazing ring? A thank-me-I’m-amazing ring? A thank-you-for-putting-up-with-me,-mum ring? A thank-you-for-bringing-our-babies-into-this-world ring?

This will help you build up what kind of ring you want. And make your choices a little easier. You can figure out what metals you want, and the stone choices based on this one simple question.

A subtle twinkle from a silver ring may be your choice for an everyday reminder, or a big razzle dazzle ethical gold ring that’ll turn heads. Maybe you want a customized birthstone ring dotted with matching birthstones to represent those babies, or have their initials spell out a word.


the main story


The question: What do you want 

the ring to look like?

Let’s get specific.


We’re talking about the exact thing you’re looking for:

  • Metal

  • Stone color and shape

  • Bands

  • Settings

Take a deep breath. This is where the fun is!



Whether it’s silver or gold, you can bet they’ll be ethical when we make them for you. We use recycled silver for our silver jewelry, and fully traceable, responsible and mercury-free gold straight from the heart of Borneo. 


Don’t panic over the number of things you need to make a decision on. These are all details you absolutely have a handle on. Go back to step one – think of your main character – and breathe. Really visualize this gorgeous soul. And imagine them with their ring. 


And don’t worry. We got your back. Here are some super helpful basic guides you can look through.

Read all about it, read all about it! Everything you need to know about customizing your next fave piece of jewelry is here!

We really wanna make this process as painless and as easy as possible for you ;)


The Unexpected twist


The question: Does it need a 

little extra something?

In a novel, this is usually when something makes you gasp. It’s not part of the main story, and it’s not crucial, but oh it can be a scene stealer!


In a ring, the unexpected twists are accompaniments to the main stone. 


They can be tiny, embedded stones. They can be bigger stones that can complement the main one. They can even be a stacking band taking your ring to new heights. 


Whatever you decide, this is a lovely, stress-free detail to give the ring that little extra oomph. 

Embedded stones in the band are exactly that. We offer white diamonds and salt and pepper diamonds you can embed in the bands to help the main stone shine a little brighter.


Accompanying stones are offered as an option for several of our custom rings. These are usually colored gemstones to complement the main stone with a splash of color or funky shapes.


Stacking rings can be custom made with your main ring, they can be bedazzled or plain. They’re basically a detachable design element. How cool is that. They can create wildly different looks depending on whether the rings are worn stacked or separate.

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Building your own ring isn’t such an overwhelming task once we break it down, right? Now your Happy Ending is just around the corner (in 6 to 12 weeks once you have your design figured out). And then, TADA! 


This last step is just for you to enjoy the ring. Whether you want to take your time unboxing it before you wear it out, or you’re slipping it into your pocket for a romantically planned proposal, you did it! You built your own customized dream ring!


Download our Build Your Own Dream Ring Guide above for a more detailed how-to. But remember, at the end of the day building a custom ring, or even a custom engagement ring is about vibes.


Once you’re confident with your mad designing skills, head straight over to our selection of gemstones and diamonds for custom jewelry. Don’t be scared, have fun. And if you’re still stumped, give our customer service rock stars a shout and we’ll make sure you have an easy, breezy ride.

Head to our Build Your Own section to customize your ultimate ethical ring!

Still looking for inspiration? Read more from our blog on how you can make custom jewelry which speaks directly to you.


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