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I’m going to go down the custom designing road, and would love to hear about other people’s experiences doing this. What jeweller did you use (links if online 🙂 ), how did it go, are you happy with the result? Does custom designing a ring cost a lot more than buying one ready-made? Does it take long?
Feel free to show of the final result in pics! 😀
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@lyla-bee: We bought a loose diamond online from Blue Nile. We took that and pics/drawings to a local jeweler to make the setting. Our ring was pricey, but we saved thousands by buying the loose stone from Blue Nile.
Yes, my ring did cost more than buying a premade ring, because you are paying for the custom work. But in my opinion, it’s well worth the cost when you are made the ring of your dreams, one of a kind piece of art. It took about 3 or 4 months total.
I am absolutely ecstatic on how it went. I have a one of a kind ring, exactly what I wanted, I couldn’t ask for anything more. oh, except my custom made wedding bands, lol. I’m treasuring this ring forever!
If you can afford the custom route, do it!!!
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@Love_That_Never_Ends: Thanks for the story!
What kind of extra cost are we talking about? Is it like, 10-20% more, or rather like it doubles the price….?
I’m also wondering, how much freedom you really have? Like, do you have to have a really precise idea when you go in? Or can you ask them to make several mock-up drawings, if you’re hesitating on some details?
Post # 5
@lyla-bee: I’m also going down the custom route for my wedding band. It’s costing about the same as the equivalent bought in a shop, but IMO much better quality and workmanship. My ring is being made by a small independent jeweller and they are so friendly. They will also be making changes to my shop-bought engagement ring (they are adding milgrain to match my wedding band!). I love that my band will be made just for me and it’s unique. If you can afford to go custom I would definitely recommend it. Just make sure you go with someone who is very helpful/friendly as you will be in touch with them a lot!
Post # 6
@lyla-bee: As for you question about details, I found some inspiration photos online of the ring I wanted. My jeweer then suggested some modifications which in his opinion would make the ring stronger and more durable. I had pretty much already decided on the basics- platinum, round and marquis diamonds, milgrain. He just fine tuned it. I told him I had concerns that it wouldnt look nice with my engagement ring and it was him who suggested adding matching milgrain to my engagement ring.
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@linnylou_88: Your jeweller sounds awesome! I really hope I end up with one as helpful and competant!
Post # 8
@lyla-bee: My very good friend is going the custom route to save money. She is in the process of having a brand name setting customized and made by a jeweler.
She had always planned on going with Schubach, but their quote came in at $2,200.
She sent a bunch of emails to local jewelers and “online jewelers”, and finally settled on David Klass.
His first bid on the setting with her buying the center stone was $1,050. She haggled a bit and he brought the price down to $900 for the setting. She bought the center stone and mailed it to him and he’s setting it for free when the ring is made. Schubach charges $100 extra to set your center stone, and they won’t set your side stones, only their own.
Also with David Klass, she didn’t have to pay anything up front. I think he’s insane! Most jewelers charge half of the cost upfront, then the other half when it’s done. He only has you pay for the ring when it is finished and you’re satisfied with it, then he ships it expedited with insurance.
On top of being the most reasonably priced, he is also extremely talented. He has been a jeweler for 30+ years and he does beautiful work.
Here is his email address if you want to write and get a quote from him:
Post # 9
@lyla-bee: I just saw some additional questions from you.
My friend is working with David Klass and in her initial email, she gave him pics of what she wanted and described it and asked for a quote. Now that they’re designing the ring, he has been sending her CADs (computer animated designs) and she has been okaying certain aspect and asking him to change this or that to see if she likes it more etc, so they’re fiddling with the design now. You just keep going back and forth until you’re happy.
As far as what she’s saving…
The brand name setting she wants is $4,500.
Schubach’s quote was $2,200.
Klass’ bid is $900.
So she is saving $1,300 over Scubach and $3,600 over the brand name setting. The brand name setting js just a semi mount so she would have had to buy her center stone anyway. Klass would have provided the center stone but she had already had her eyes on one and bought it herself.
Anyway, she spent a couple months emailing custom jewelers on etsy, ebay, locallly, and online businesses and Klass is the cheapest of them all.
Post # 10
@bunny_foo_foo: Thank you so much for the story and info! I’m going to google him to see his work, he really sounds great 🙂
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- Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!
I worked with Schubach on my ring, but I’ve heard that David Klass is great for custom work as well. I feel like my ring was very fairly priced for what I got.
The design process was:
- Once I knew what I wanted, I e-mailed/called for a quote
- Got the details hammered out and a formal quote
- Put 1/2 down
- They made 3 iterations of CADs until I was 100% happy with the design
- I forwent the wax mold and had them go straight to production
- The other half was paid on completion before they shipped it out
- Admire your gorgeous ring!!
Post # 13
W went custom route by using javda.com. They have beautiful settings and the quality is spectacular. I couldnt be happier. They customize to fit your diamond exactly. Heres my photo.
Post # 14
@Inlove2001: wow that ring is incredible!! how much did that cost? did you design that? how long did it take!
and a horrible question, for those of you with stone set rings, what if you gain/lose weight?
Post # 15
My first custom ring was then botched by Jared when we took it back for polishing, ugh! So now I’m working with David Klass and in love with his process and just feel so much more taken care of and his prices are awesome! Savings of half what we originally paid and I feel like I’m getting more of a ring I can show off now knowing it was from a designer who takes pride in his work and not the impersonal service we’ve now been getting from jared since things went to pot!
Post # 16
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I had my wedding band custom made from Brian Gavin and it turned out great. I saved about $500 from getting the name brand matching band to my e-ring. I was able to get exactly what I wanted and it turned out great. The whole process took about a month.