In a sea of sparkle, it can be overwhelming to decide what you want in an engagement ring or wedding band. If you're looking for something a little more unique than the usual bling behind the counter, custom design could be the route for you.

In a sea of sparkle, it can be overwhelming to decide what you want in an engagement ring or wedding band. If you're looking for something a little more unique than the usual bling behind the counter, custom design could be the route for you.

A great place to start is to find a jeweler who's interested in your lifestyle, suggests Scott Cevasco of Scott's Custom Jewelers. "I go into what kind of work you do, what kind of activities, how often you want to wear your ring," Cevasco says. All of these factors can affect the design and, in the end, durability of your ring.

And thanks to today's technology, couples can create their dream ring with the help of computer software. "On our preliminary consultations we do so much homework that we make sure couples have the right visual aid or sketch of what they want," says Daniel Gordon of the Diamond Cellar.

Although the nature of custom design lends itself to a wide range of styles, Gordon says that rose gold has become a popular trend for couples. Kevin Laudick of Leo Alfred Jewelers says to expect three to six weeks for custom design, and don't let prices scare you off, as the quality of the piece should make up for it.

"Be honest and forthcoming about what exactly you want, during each and every step of the process," Laudick says. "Getting married is an exciting time, designing your future ring should be no different."