(Closed) Anybody have experience with Etsy ring designers? Need your help.

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Did you look at his feedback?  How long has he been a seller on Etsy?  I would take a look at those things first.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

That sounds like a design that another jeweler could not just stick the stones in and would be best he did it. I have sent my own stones to Etsy vendors without issue. Just ensure they have great feedback and a history. 

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

The jeweler KNR on etsy (and ebay) is really great, he has a showroom in the LA jewelry distrct, totally trustworthy and loves custom making things

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I have send stones to the Etsy goldsmith. I did insure the pacakge & put a tracker on it just to be certain it makes it there. They merchant had fantastic feedback and responded to all my correspondace with great care and in a timely fashion. I felt comfortable dealing with them. If you have that feeling in your gut that something is not quite right, go with another goldsmith. There are so many good ones.

The main consideration aside from quality work, could be how easy it is to work with that person on a custom design. When I contacted several vendors with inquiries, some were friendly, some were abrupt as if they don’t want your business. It narrowed down the field to a handful who I like and who could do the design. I personally preferred “The Vintage Goldsmith” to “Laurie Sarah Designs “& “EidelPrecious”. All three have quality work & great feedback. I just didn’t feel at ease with the other goldsmiths. You have to send a lot of sketches/e-mails back and forth while you are working out the details of the ring, you need to like the communication style of that person.

(Is is possible to post a custom order request and see which vendors respond?)

Post # 8
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Newbee

My experience:

 

I contacted RareEarth because she works with morganite and sapphire but she said she wasn’t available to create anything custom until 2014.  2014?! All I wanted was one of her designs in round instead of cushion cut.  Oh well, moved onward.

I liked the concept of EidelPrecious’ designs and the inspiration for the custom design we ultimately went with came from the color palettes she uses.  However, we opted not to go with this Etsy seller for a variety of reasons.  1) We weren’t impressed with the quality of the melees she uses in all of her designs, 2) she couldn’t source the stone we needed in the right cut or carat, 3) there were design flaws that we thought could be more refined, especially with regard to the goldsmithing. 

Ultimately, we found a jeweler while randomly perusing Jeweler’s Row. She is fantastic and although the stone we wanted is hard to find and it did take a few weeks of searching, they did find us the right one with the perfect color, cut, and size. Looking back, I am really glad that we did not work with a jeweler online.  It really helps to be able to visit in person, try things on, and work on concept sketches together, etc. We were also able to inspect the quality of her designs and the stones she uses firsthand and that was important to us too.

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