Custom Rings: Online or Local Jeweler?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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3531 posts
Sugar bee

I ordered from Gemvara, but that’s because I knew I wanted a gemstone and they offered a wonderful selection of gemstones.

Post # 3
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557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

uncltredpearl:  my ring was made custom by a small family owed shop in my town. I wasn’t with my husband when he did mine but I did go with my soon to be BIL to design my sisters ring! I would highly recommend you work with someone in your area. That way if there is ever a problem you can walk in and have it fix instead if shipping it off and not knowing how long it will take. Plus face to face (at least to me) makes communication easier. 

Ill post a picture of both mine and my sisters rings 🙂 

this is mine (just the engagement ring was made custom)

 

This is is my sisters 

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

uncltredpearl:  I ordered my custom moissy e-ring from Joseph Schubach jewelers. I did everything by e-mail and phone, working with Beth was such a delight! She made it so easy 🙂 They have a brick & mortar store in Pheonix, AZ, but that is no where near me. I highly recommend them, especially for moissy engagement rings! Here’s mine.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

uncltredpearl:  I found the company online and got a quote via email (well, numerous emails back and forth) but then went to visit them in person.

My ring is a custom replica of my original ring and so I needed to drop my original ring in for them to work from. I also wanted to be able to see who I was dealing with in person, and know that I could go there easily. I wouldn’t have gone with an online retailer for that reason.

I’m lucky though and live under an hour away from Hatton Garden, a major UK jewellery centre with dozens and dozens of independent retailers. If I lived somewhere more limited, then I wouldn’t have ruled out going the online route.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We used Brilliance.com for my customed designed ring.  They were helpful, knowledgeable, patient, and professional.  We did about 4 CAD rounds before we got the design just right.  My diamond is GIA certified and my ring is goreous (I think). 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

 

uncltredpearl:  Thanks.  Brialliance can do anything, really.  Send them a picture of your setting and see what they can do!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

uncltredpearl:  I guess it depends how complicated the design is. I wanted something very specific, and pretty complicated, so I would def deal with the traffic and hit Philly if that’s the case (but, I would only do that after extensive online research; I emailed loads of jewellers first with my requirements and gathered quotes before picking one and visiting them in person).

If however it’s something more straightforward (and a lot of custom designs are, in all fairness), then I think you’d be fine with the online approach

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2000

I am a fan of using a local jeweler.  We’ve brrn working on the design of my upgrade for almost a year.  My husband started it last October, and I keep refining it.  

Post # 14
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Newbee

uncltredpearl:  I live in philly and used MARCHi on jewelers row. John was incredible, patient, kind and got what I wanted after 1 conversation. He adjusted my e-ring beautifully and converted my mom’ sold jewelry into the wedding band of my dreams AND I paid him in old gold!!! CALL HIM!!

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