anyone have a custom jewelry experience?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@MsSunshineBee:  I have no idea about value, since I didn’t price anything else out, but I LOVE my custom band. I got exactly what I wanted- my band compliments but doesn’t match my e-ring, and its super unique and beautiful. I would recommend going custom if you have something in mind and can’t find exactly what you want elsewhere. So worth it!  Here’s mine- I still have to have the milgrain added on the raised pattern so it matches my e-ring, which my jeweler is going to do just before the wedding so my ring is nice and sparkly:

 

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

In my case, going the custom route was very cost effective.  I love being able to “add to” or “take away” from the design of a ring, to create something that is perfect for me.  My experiences have been both cost effective and definitely worth it.  After all, you are not getting a ring that is mass produced.  You are getting one that you helped design and made especially for you.  

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@MsSunshineBee:  I’m 100% for custom! While stock rings may be cheaper, a custom ring is completely within your control. I’ve just about finished my custom engagement ring with my fiance and couldn’t be happier, the best part about custom is the relationship you build with the jeweler. He knows your tastes, and can change your rings as you wish or create new jewellery as you see fit. Example: every couple of years my jeweler buys back my diamond studs and I get larger ones, just paying the difference.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I went custom for my setting and wedding band and it was half the cost of retail and I got to pick what I wanted!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@MsSunshineBee:  We had my e-ring custom made and in a few months will be having the matching band custom made (it needs to contour around the e-ring).  There are similar bands on the market, but none that have the same lattice/scroll work along the side. Here is my e-ring:

 

This is what the band will be modelled off of:

 

I was very pleased with the result of the custom work and am really looking forward to having my set completed. Good luck!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Plus I should mention that any jeweler worth his/her weight can replicate from a photo of something.  I showed a photo of a De Beers wedding band I tried on and we went from there.  

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am also a diamond and sapphire wedding ring gall! I went the custom route so it could fit my E-ring. I went to 3 different local jewelers before i felt comfortable with one and thats the one we chose. His prices were fair and i liked the quality of stones he wouldbeusing. i dont have much advice on doing a custom ring online. But i brought in a sketch of what i wanted and then he make it for me. Took about 2 months from start to finished. I am 110% happy with the quality. If you have any specific questions for me let me know! 

Here’s my ring for reference:

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsSunshineBee:  cost wise my wedding band was twice as expensive as e-ring. E-ring was $899 & wedding band was 1,800. Hope that helps a little. I was the same way, decided since my engagement ring was very affordable we splurged a little in the band.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

My wedding band was 1200 custom made. It was cheaper than many of the similar stock ones i saw though. It has 14 very small diamonds and is a very delicate slightly curved style to match my e-ring. I felt like i was getting a very good deal. 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

My e-ring was custom and definitely more economical. It was inspired by a ring at Birks (High end Canadian jelelery store). For our budget at Birks we could get a .5-.75 carat diamond (depending on the other c’s). Went to a custom jeweler, got almost the exact setting, same budget, and were able to get a 1 carat diamon, similar cut, colour, and clarity to what we would get at Birks. Turnaround was a lot quicker too. Birks said it would take 6-8 weeks for my ring to come in. At the custom jeweler, the ring was ready a few days after we picked a diamond, and less than 2 weeks total from when we first saw the jeweler.

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