Post # 1
I have been looking at a ring online, that I haven’t seen anywhere (or anything similar) in local stores. They have a service where you can have a wax mold of the setting mailed to test size, proportion, etc. Anyone have success with this…testing with a wax mold and based on that, making a satifactory online purchase?
Post # 3
@yidabid: I am planning to buy from moissaniteco. Their return fees are 5%, so I figured I’d rather buy the real thing, and return it if I don’t like it, rather than pay money for something that can’t do me any real good in the long run.
Post # 4
would this be a custom ring or something a jeweler already produces. If it is already being made and not custom, check their return policy. Like PP said, it might make more sense to just buy the ring and return it rather than pay for a wax mold. Never known anyone to base a decision off of one but from the pics I’ve seen on the bee I’d have a hard time ‘seeing’ the finished ring from seeing the wax mold.
Post # 5
The service that is offered is a $150 fee for the wax mold, and a full refund (minus ground shipping costs) upon the return of the wax. This is not custom, but an anniversary band that is already in production. The diamonds are the same or better color and clarity than my wedding band, so that is not as much of a concern. My main concern is how the proportions will look with my exisitng set and how it sits against my ering.
Post # 6
Ok here is my experience with wax molds. I had two wax molds made for a replacement ring…learned a lot from that experience.
They are insanely delicate. Like, you look at it wrong or sneeze on it, and they can break. I was NOT able to try mine on, not all the way over the knuckle, because it would have broken apart. I had to be extremely careful even when handling it. One of the wax molds even broke during shipment and they had to resend it.
Also, they are not exact to the proportions….supposedly they are a bit bigger than the actual ring, as the actual ring would be polished down a bit. This is how it was explained to me.
Not sure if they told you this, but when they make the wax mold, it is like a wax version of your ring, but without the gemstones… so there will be the cavities where the gemstones would go. So if you have lots of gemstones….the wax mold looks VERY weird.
I learned that for me, it is impossible with a wax mold to get an good idea of how the finished product will look with all the gemstones, etc. For me, the wax mold was the biggest waste of time and money because I couldn’t “see” past the wax to the probable finished product. Also, on both of the wax molds that I saw, I was very dissatisfied with the final product…there were size problems with the final rings that I felt were not displayed accurately with the wax model.
Post # 7
Yikes! Thanks for sharing.
Post # 8
I tried on dozens of wax samples at the custom jewelry boutique we went to. I didn’t really like any of them and ended up going with the one I tried that was made of actual metal. You get a much better feel for the way it looks. The only thing I was able to take from the wax molds was the way the shank looked on me. I wanted a very thin shank.
Post # 9
@yidabid: I had my ring custom made and before they cast the gold they let me try on the wax mold. It definitely helped me get a feel for the size/width of the band and the height of the stone. Much better and more comforting that just going straight from the CAD drawing to the ring. However, when they set the stone they accidentally rotated the prongs 30 degrees, so the way mold didn’t prevent that (there were two pieces to the mold, the band, and the setting). As PP has mentioned, they are VERY delicate. I tried the mold on , but because the shop was to warm we had to use windex to get it off! This was a good thing though, because we decided to make the ring size 0.25 larger. In my case, the way mold and the ring are/were the exact same size.
My CAD Drawing:
My ring, before the prongs were fixed (they now go North/south)
Post # 10
@yidabid: I know that sounded incrediably negative towards wax molds, just wanted to share my experience. I’m sure for some it is a great way to “see” the ring prior to it being made, but for me it was not.
We also tried a 3d paper model (or something like that), because I was having such a hard time with the wax versions. the 3d paper model is even more delicate but it has way better detail and is closer to the actual size. also its more expensive. I much preferred this mold to the wax mold, as it displayed the details so much better.