Post # 1
I have fallen in love with Verragio style rings but I haven’t found the perfect one for me… So I was thinking of trying to have one custom made for me.
I don’t even know where to start. Did you go to a random jeweler and tell them what design you want? And did it cost a ton more? I’m just worried that it is going to cost a ton extra for me to get exactly what I want.
Any help or suggestions would be appreciated!
Post # 3
@Jamergurl921: My FI had my ring custom made. He basically told them what he wanted, and then they ordered a few stones for him to look at (I like asschers and they only had one in the store, but it was set in a ring I wouldn’t like). Becase I wanted a solitaire, FI didn’t need to show them a picture, and they didn’t make a wax model or anything. It was ready in a couple weeks (probably because it was really simple). I have talked with them a little able getting my wedding band custom made. They said I can bring in a picure of any ring I like, or a couple rings that I want to be blended together. They seemed pretty willing to make whatever I wanted, but warned me that it might take a couple months to get all the stones (I was debating an asscher eternity, and asschers usually aren’t cut that small). They assured me it would cost me the same as the same ring would if they had it premade. I basically pay for the materials and labor associated with making the ring. Many jewelers will charge extra for custom, but I would look for someone who doesn’t. I would take the picture (or a couple if it has side details you can’t see from all angles) to a few jewelers and get quotes. Ask about the amount of time it will take to get it made, and ask to see examples of their work. I would personally pay a little more if I like the jeweler better, especially if they offer some sort of guarentee/care plan.
ETA: Some jewelers can make a wax model or CAD digital representation of the ring prior to actually making it. My FI did not have our jeweler do this, and I am not sure how common the practice is.
Post # 4
My fiance had my engagement ring custom made at a local independent jeweler who sold my FI the center stone. They are wonderful and have one of the best reputations in the state for custom work. We brought in pictures of a Tacori setting that I liked but wanted the side stones of the setting to be a little bigger. The Tacori stones were a little too dainty for our taste. At first I told him I liked the look of the halo but couldn’t commit to it and my FI didn’t like halo’s at all so he had them make an undergallery (I guess that’s what it is) underneath the center stone which gives even more sparkle. The Tacori setting has this too. The setting took 2 months to make and cost half as much as the Tacori would and in my opinion I like it alot more. Mine is also in 14K white gold not 18K or Platinum that is the only option for Tacori’s as far as I know. Depending on the jeweler you go to and the specific design you want it could cost more or less than replicating a designer ring. I could not be more pleased with how it came it. It far exceeded our expectations!
Post # 5
We went the custom route. My beset piece of advice? Get LOTS of quotes and check reviews. We found that for the exact same job, for the exact same materials, the exact level of difficulty jewelers would quote us anything from $1200 – $4500. Yeah…get lots of quotes. But yeah, lots of random quote requests to random local jewelers. You have to start somewhere. But certainly don’t settle for the 1st one you come across – continue searching. Had we done that, we would have overspent by $2500.
Oh, and make sure you get the specs for the ring they’re quoting. You can use it for future negotiations. Say, one jeweler will make something for $2K that has VS1 stones in the setting but another is only offering $2K for SI1 stones. That’s really helpful info when you’re trying to get what you want out of a job.
Good luck! 🙂
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
We had my rings made by a local jeweler that Mr. LK was very familiar with, having lived right around the corner from their flagship location for years. With Mr. LK’s agreement, I had been looking online and in person for several weeks, trying to figure out what I really wanted. So I had figured out what did and did not work for me ahead of time, but still hadn’t found the perfect ring. We went in to the local jeweler and instantly had a good feeling about things. We worked with one of their sales staff, looked at all of the rings in their cases, and started identifying the elements that I liked and didn’t like about each ring that we examined. From there we met with their jeweler and worked out a custom design and specs. About 2 weeks later we got the call that the wax mold was ready and the diamonds that we had specially ordered were in and ready for inspection. Mr. Lk went on his own at that point to approve the mold and select each of my stones. That was part of our deal. I got to design the setting, and he got to choose the specific stones for it. After he approved the mold and chose my stones, it was several more weeks until we got the call that the rings were ready for pick-up.
Post # 7
I have no idea if this will be helpful or not, but I recently came across this designer and plan to check her out more thoroughly when I’m ready to design my ring. I was first drawn to her because the style I love is very Verragio-like but I don’t plan on spending that kind of money. Her feedback seems good, both on her etsy site and her facebook. Here is the link to her etsy: http://www.etsy.com/listing/94046725/100-carat-round-diamond-engagement-ring
And here are a couple of examples of the rings that first drew me to her, but she has other rings that are much more detailed too:
Post # 8
I won’t go into all of the details but after struggling for MONTHS with the ring that FI originally purchased due to the awful way that it was made. We decided to change the setting but keep the original diamond. So what we did was he looked online at all of the heart designs until I fell in love with a halo design that I absolutely KNEW I had to have. We showed the design to a jewler (NO RANDOM THOUGH!!! Do your research on jewelers if you don’t want to end up in the same boat that I did before my ring was remade) and she took it to her manufactory and let me know that they are able to recreate the EXACT design that I showed them and now I am absolutely head over heels for my ring and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg to do it. From what I’ve read and heart, having your e-ring custom made is actually cheaper than buy it fom a store especially if you already have a design in mind. I’d say go for it! No complaints here 🙂
You’ve seen my ring but here she is again just in case…
Post # 9
I actually am having mine custom made now as we speak. I found her on Etsy like someone before mentioned and ran into her in person here in Florida. She uses recycled materials- gold, stones, glass, silver, to create her rings which I love. She’s creating mine with the diamond I want, the materials I want and in the size I want. Prior to her, I had looked into creating a custom ring and was told to research, research, research!
Get as many shots of the ring as you can from all angles including in sunlight, natural light, created light (lamp light) Take those to a reputed jeweler you can trust- find one there are many in everyone’s local area…have them look at all the pictures, have them see what stone you want to use, if it will fit the design, if it will work with the setting etc. Get a price quote and then compare with the top 3 in your area. Ask for examples of their work. Never be afraid to ask for examples. See if they have one you can physically look at. Make sure to be in contact with them every step of the way during the design process and creation process. Once it’s done, look at it from every angle. If you see something you don’t like, tell them. Compare with the photo’s. Most of them WILL fix it!
Good luck on your designing!
Post # 10
DH had my ring custom made! He asked around for recommendations and found out one of his friend’s fathers is a local jeweler. He e-mailed him and met with him a few times to talk about what he wanted and to look at/approve the stones, then I think DH approved a photo of the wax mold for the ring, and then they went ahead and made it. I love it…it turned out beautiful! The cost was pretty comparable to what he’d have paid in stores, maybe a little less. The jeweler later made me a matching band and made DH’s band.
Post # 11
I love Verragio also!! I’m currently waiting for my Verragio ring to be finished, 2 more weeks to go! But I agree with you, they are VERY expensive. You could always do what I did. I picked out the Verragio setting that I love and instead of a diamond for the center stone I chose a blue sapphire. The Verragio settings are expensive but choosing a different gemstone instead of a diamond made it more reasonable in price and uniquely mine! And maybe for a future anniversary I may upgrade to a diamond, but then again maybe not 🙂 Good luck with choosing your ring and congrats on your future engagement.
Post # 12
We actually saved money. My ring was custom made out of state and we found the designer by googling “custom jewelers” and “contemporary custom wedding rings”. I looked through plenty of websites and found a man who makes what are, in my opinion, gorgeous pieces that blew me away. I like very modern designs. We wrote to him and what was great was that we were able to send him materials we wanted to use (he would have happily purchased the stones for us) and by doing that we saved a ton of money. We were able to recycle gold and that saved us a lot. My rings are worth over $6000 and we paid about $2400 for e-ring & wedding band. And we got totally unique pieces that we designed together 🙂
Post # 13
My ring was also custom made.
We went to an independent jeweler and he showed us a number of different diamonds.
From there he showed me some of their settings I picked a few of the styles I liked and then explained what I didn’t like or what I was looking for.
A few weeks later the jeweler emailed me a CAD image (basically a blueprint of your ring) and I was able to further explain what I did or did not like.
In the end- I absolutely love my ring.
Post # 14
Excuse the waffle – this is a subject close to my heart! My ring was actually much better value even though it was custom-made. We cut out the middle-man and found a jeweller that supplies the jewellery trade rather than selling directly to the public so they don’t have the same overheads that most jewellers have and were able to give us a much better deal. The diamonds in my ring are much better than we could ever have bought from an ‘off the rack’ jeweller and the ring is extremely well-made. For reference, it cost £2500 (and a little extra for the wedding band but I can’t remember the exact figure). To buy a similar ring (although not identical and not nearly as lovely) would have cost us around £5,000 – £6,000 sterling and an independent evaluation of my ring confirms that it’s actually worth double what it cost to have made. I check out prices whenever I pass a jeweller’s window because it tends to make me feel really smug! I hope you find a solution…but I wouldn’t rite off custom-made as more expensive. What I would say is that we relied on a friend’s recommendation to find our jeweller.
Post # 15
- Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA
Custom rings are more expensive, but personally– I think they’re worth the investment. I would recommend visiting a few local jewelers and ask if they have a goldsmith on staff, if so, ask to see their work and ask them what their contract/guarantees are like. Once you find someone you trust, you can start talking design and materials, and get an idea on price.
I had my ring custom made because I have a very non-traditional e-ring and wanted to make something to go with it, that still fit my style. It was $3,024 out the door, and this is the result:
Post # 16
engagementringsdirect.com out of NYC. BEST prices for custom rings and INCREDIBLE customer service. Contact Mark at ERD. You can see the pics I posted of my ring that we had custom done.