Post # 1
Hi, this is my very first post, so please excuse this question that I feel incredibly stupid for asking…
I’m doing a custom ring order on etsy and from the very original design she quoted me a price to which I put a down payment on. I ended up changing some details, which included taking out a bunch of little diamonds along insides of the shank and around the base. Now I have a kind of Verragio-esque scroll design with three little hidden diamonds on the insides of the shaft on both sides.
I asked how much the total is, so I know how much I have to pay off, and she told me the same price of the original design. All I can think of is that the change in metal work warrants the same price as having all those diamonds…but is it unreasonable of me to expect the price to be different (like lower)? Should I ask or just go with what she’s telling me? I feel like a dumb cheapo for asking her, so I just want to get some input from others. Hopefully I explained this well…
Post # 3
Welcome to the bee! I have had similar thoughts while I’m custom designing my ring. I am using SO much less metal than I was originally quoted and my side stones are smaller so it bugs me that I’m not paying less. But the small diamonds don’t cost very much so I think that makes a difference…I’m interested to see what other bees say.
Post # 4
I would probably just ask if the reduction in diamonds decreases the price and if not, why? If they are very small and the metal work is intricate, the cost for labor could be the same.
Post # 5
@nimiel: I think that’s something that varies from place to place, my e-ring was custom made, my shank is engraved with no diamonds, I had considered diamonds down the shank and was quoted $350 extra for .33 tcw of G VS diamonds.
There is nothing wrong with asking the jeweler if the price can be adjested to reflect the cost of the diamonds you are not using.
Post # 6
I did ask and the reply I got was it is still the same price, with no reason as to why, just that it was still a great deal. So I’m guessing the extra detail in metal work and the fact that it is more “custom” than a usual ring is why the price is the same…Anyway, I’m quite happy with the design, and I already put half down, so at least the price isn’t more than what I was anticipating paying anyway. Thank you all for your help!
Post # 7
Hmmm, the custom-ring quotes…I just inquired about custom-made wedding bands and was surprised at how the price didn’t change much with smaller diamonds. And then if I said something about comparing the different quotes with the diamond size and amount of metal, the salesperson would go see the jeweler and drop the price $100 to make me happy. (I was negotiating in person at the store) So in a way I think there is a basic price for custom-making a ring and then other costs can vary quite a lot. It doesn’t seem like a precise science to me…even a little random!
What metal are you using btw? Platinum will cost quite a lot compared to gold.
Post # 8
I’m using 14k white gold, and the prongs are going to be rose gold.
I’ve inquired about doing a lot of little things and made a few changes that I’m sure she’s sick of seeing emails from me, so I’m just happy she didn’t tell me to forget the whole thing lol. I keep wanting to add little things here and there since I get so many ideas while waiting for the ring to be made, plus I’m incredibly indecisive!
Post # 9
you are the customer and it is your ring – you shouldn’t feel bad about asking lots of questions!