A Guide to the 5 Best Ways to Design Your Rings from Scratch with us!

A Guide to the 5 Best Ways to Design Your Rings from Scratch with us!

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You want to design your own rings, and we want to help you do just that!  Depending upon how involved you want to get, we have FIVE ways you can!

Type 1 - Email Minter!

My name is Polly Minter Richter and I am the owner of the company Minter + Richter Designs.  If you email me at sales@minterandrichterdesigns.com , you will receive a reply from ME.  Not from some giant room full of customer service representatives. This is me.  This is what I look like when my hair is blown out.

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If you email me, I will generally hit you back with a few questions about what you are looking for, what materials you would like to use, etc.  I may ask if there is a particular ring on the website you like the most.  This can help me ascertain what you are looking for and what other options may be similar.

I will also most likely email you a form like the below.  This is just general info that will help me put a quote together for you.  At the bottom of the form is information about Sizing and our wonderful Lifetime Care Options.  99% of all our customers get both of those so I generally include it in my initial email response.

Ring A - ____________________________ (name or description of ring – or name of ring on website you are basing your design upon))

apx. size - __________ (we would base your sizers around this size.  Custom Sizers are highly recommended, see below in signature for info.)

width - __________ mm

Finish on metal - _______________________ (satin?  Sandblasted?  Mirror?)

Shape of edges - __________________________ (rounded?  Flat?  Pinstriped?)

Any interior anodizing?  If so, what color? - ___________________ (blue, green, bronze, sunset, pink, purple)

engraving phrase - _____________________________________________ (if desired)


Ring B - _________________________________ (description of ring – or NAME OF RING on our website you are basing your design upon))))

apx. size – _____________ (we would base your sizers around this size.  Custom Sizers are highly recommended, see below in signature for info.)

width – _____________mm

Finish on metal - _______________________ (satin?  Sandblasted?  Mirror?)

Shape of edges - __________________________ (rounded?  Flat?  Pinstriped?)

Any interior anodizing?  If so, what color? - ___________________ (blue, green, bronze, sunset, pink, purple)

engraving phrase - __________________________________________ (if desired)

Instagram Handle - ______________________ (Do you want to get tagged with a pic of the ring while we are making it?)

Wedding hashtag - ___________________________

wedding date - _________________________

latest must have by date - __________________

Do you want a Lifetime Care Option?  If so, which level? _________________ (STANDARD Level, PREMIUM Level – see below in signature for info.)

Full STREET shipping address - ______________________________________________





Covers all damage for life

Covers a onetime free re-make should you ever lose your ring.

Not available for Meteorite Rings

Unless waived for special circumstances, must be purchased as part of original transaction.

Includes return shipping



Covers all damage for life

Does not cover loss of ring

Includes return shipping




Q: How do I get sized?


A: WE STRONGLY SUGGEST PURCHASING MINTER & RICHTER CUSTOM SIZERS to guarantee you get the absolute perfect fit for your ring. The industry-wide standard for ring size carries many variables (different measuring tools, ring widths, ring materials and design). Factory made bands are sized LESS accurately than our handmade bands. Therefore, getting sized at a factory jewelry store does not guarantee that the size will be correct. We offer Sizing Exchanges for life for half price. But getting Custom Sizers ensures that you will not need a sizing exchange. A sizing exchange is 50% the cost of the original if you were not sized on our custom sizers.


  1. Minter & Richter Custom Aluminum Sizers ($45 for a set of 3 sizers): If you have a general idea of what your ring size might be, we can make you a set of custom aluminum sizers (plain aluminum bands) in three different sizes at your preferred width. This allows you to spend time wearing each sizer for a day or two and finding out which one offers the most comfortable fit. Finger size can fluctuate slightly throughout the day due to water intake, temperature, etc. so this is an excellent way to get an accurate representation of exactly how your final ring will fit. We request that customers purchase their final ring(s) at the same time as the sizers. We will ship you the sizers along with a SASE for convenient return (domestic only – international must pay for return shipping). Once you confirm your ring size we begin making your rings!

(**Please note that sizers can add approximately 2 weeks to order processing.)

Most people can easily finish the entire ring design process via email.  Still others prefer Type 2.


Type 2 - Tell Minter You Want to Talk on the Phone or Zoom

If you want to hear my beautiful voice, I'm fine with that!  You can call me anytime at 617-326-6671.  That is a landline in my studio, not a cell.  If I don't answer, that only means I am in a Ring Consultation or it is after hours.  If you leave your name and number, I promise, I will call you back.  Please speak clearly and slowly, voicemail sucks.  If you leave me your email address, slowly and clearly, I will email you my upcoming open time slots for zoom or phone coversation.

If we zoom together, I will share my screen and go over all the options with you.  In the end, I will still be filling out that form from Type 1.  But it is fun to get to chat and really look at the website with my knowledge of all the materials in your pocket to use.


Type 3 - Design and Go!

If you want to dive a little deeper into the Ring Design Process and you are local enough to get to Boston, why not book an In Person Ring Consultation with me?  All our In-Person Ring Consultations start at our Minter + Richter Mini-Mansion in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just minutes from downtown.  We will provide non-alcoholic drinks, but if you would like to bring some beer, wine or celebratory champagne, you are welcome!

Our Design and Go Ring Consultations are free of charge and generally last about an hour, but how long it lasts is up to you.  We will never rush you, but will spend all the time you need helping you figure out the perfect design for your ring or set of rings.  Once you arrive for your appointment, we will discuss your design ideas, look over hundreds of samples of rings as well as raw inlay materials, figure out your perfect size and width and generally just keep hashing it out until we land on the very perfect wedding ring for you!  Your rings will be ready to ship one month later . . . or in less time if you need a Rush Order!


Type 4 - Design, Tour the Shop and

Meet Your Maker!


Happily, this is one time when "meet your maker" doesn't mean you die.  This pumped up Ring Design Session takes about 3 hours and is for the person who is interested not only in designing, but also in touring our machine shop where we make the rings as well as getting to meet Scott Richter, who is the sole artist and maker of all our rings.  Also, he is my husband!  Unlike many ring making companies, we are not a factory filled with shop-workers.  Instead, each and every ring is made by Master Craftsman, Scott Richter.  After we design the rings together in the Minter + Richter Mini Mansion (see Type 3 above for details), you will head over to our shop, which is in the Old Rum Distillery in South Boston, 3 miles away.  Scott will be there waiting for you and will take you in to show you how your rings will be made and to answer any other in-depth questions you may have about the process.  On top of all that, Scott will make one ring (not of your design, as that would take too long) for one of you to keep as a souvenir at your custom size and width.  This way, you can really get an understanding for the making process and leave with a gift to boot.

Scott Richter in our Ring Making Shop in South Boston, MA

Fun Couples in the shop!


 Type 5 - Design, Tour the Shop and Crash!

($60pp plus seasonal price of room)

Our 5th type of Ring Consultation is for the couple that wants it all!  It is a combination of 3 and 4, plus a bed to rest your weary head after a day of designing.  Boston is such a fun town that you may decide you want to make a romantic overnight or weekend out of it.  Most people do.  This is by far our most popular combo.  And we have three gorgeous bedrooms in our Minter + Richter Mini Mansion to choose from!  Our Front Room, Our Back Room and our 3rd Floor Suite!





We look forward to hearing from you!  Give us a call at 617-326-6671 or email us at sales@minterandrichterdesigns.com to set up an In-Person Ring Consultation as soon as you can.   

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