- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
So my FI proposed with a beautiful heirloom ring. We agreed at the time that while its goregeous, we should get another ring as my “real” engagement ring as it isn’t my taste and is too large/delicate for me to wear all the time in my lifestyle. I’d fallen in love with a fairly unusal ring and looked at local jewlers to see if they could make something similar.
We finally went around to going to the jeweler the other day and recieved a quote.
18k white gold, matte finish
5 mm band, no stones
square halo of white sapphire
princess cut 6mm aquamarine center stone.
We were quoted at 1400 for the setting and ~400 for the center aqua. (Which may be cheaper in the end since I prefer the “lower quality” coloring of aquamarine.)
I know that custom design is a higher fee and much more work involved. In your opinion is this a fair price? I originally wanted tungsten as the metal, but the associate said that she didn’t think that their custom designer would work with stones in it. So the white gold bumped it up a bit higher than what we had imagined. (honestly, I suspect that she said “no” because the less expensive metal may make the ring not worth their time to make.)
It is my dream ring, but part of me feels guilty about the price. There is a reason I pushed him away from diamonds in the first place! Well, many reasons-but price was definitely one of them. The custom jeweler that provided the inspiration ring quoted it as $2600, with my preferences. A similar setting with a diamond at the jeweler we’re going through would be aroung $5600.
I’m very excited to be getting the ring, but I don’t want my FI shelling out a ton of dough either. So, is this a fair price for a custom gemstone ring?